Selene Luna is a one-of-a-kind performance artist with a look and style all her own. At 3’10,” Luna is a small package with a very big presence. She is a talented performer with a timeless sex appeal that makes her equally viable as a vintage Hollywood glamour girl or a modern music video vixen. She is part burlesque star and part rock and roll queen. Luna is a performer who embodies the eccentricities of 1930’s screwball comedies, combining a keen sense of comedic timing with smoldering sensuality. She is a larger than life personality, with a body of work, which is as impressive as it is eclectic.
Luna began her career performing among Hollywood’s eccentric artistic community. She cut her teeth performing in clubs and art venues, doing stand up comedy and acting in independent films. She quickly became a darling of Hollywood’s underground scene.
True to her roots, Luna has built a career performing in cabarets and burlesque, and is a well known performer in this scene. Miss Luna is a featured performer in the Velvet Hammer, the internationally renowned troupe, which is the originator of the current burlesque revival. As the world’s only little person burlesque dancer, Luna has performed internationally, has been the subject of numerous news features and documentaries, and has shared the stage with legends of burlesque such as Tempest Storm and Tura Santana. Luna’s burlesque background has infused her performing style with a strong sense of theatricality, improvisation, sex appeal and comedy.
Luna has crossed over to mainstream film, television and print work. She has worked with respected directors including Guy Ritchie, Stephen Sommers and Peter Berg. Her television work include national Snapple and Cingular Wireless commercials, and music videos for some of music’s biggest acts including Madonna, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots. Miss Luna appeared in Kirstie Alley’s celebrated television show Fat Actress.
“Pocket Venus” is a one-woman performance piece created to enlighten audiences on the contributions little people have made throughout the history of art, culture and entertainment. As an illegal immigrant; now a proud U.S. citizen, who is the only little person to make a career as a burlesque dancer in the current neo-burlesque revival, Luna has gained the ability and wisdom to offer a unique perspective on life.
“Pocket Venus” will be executed under the glamorous guise of cabaret, as it intertwines anecdotes from her tough upbringing in the housing projects of East Los Angeles to discrimination little people continue to face in modern society. Digital images from her early childhood in Tijuana and East Los Angeles, including historical portraits of little people who made notable contributions towards art and culture act as shock absorbers to the seriousness of the material. She equates her disability to priceless ability.