Here to share an excerpt from I AM A CAT by Soseki Natsume for our Booklover's Burlesque: Bedtime Stories Series is JOYEN from Manila in The Philippines!

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JOYEN is a Dominatrix performer specializing in Japanese rope bondage and is also the Philippines’ first homegrown international burlesque dancer. She is an alternative model and avant-garde performer specializing in fetish, erotic, burlesque, and striptease. A household name in Manila’s underground scene, she is also the country’s first Sex Siren Category Grand Prize Winner. She is currently training as a silks aerialist and is developing Aerial Bondage with Beast House Pole & Aerial Dance Studio CEO Jamaica Jornacion. Aerial Bondage is the discipline that combines aerial circus concepts with Japanese rope bondage.

As one of the directors of Burlesque PH, she co-founded the resurgence of burlesque and cabaret in the Philippines. She is proud to have represented Filipino burlesque, BDSM, and aerial arts in New York, Taiwan, Singapore, the Bay Area in San Francisco, at the Australian Burlesque Festival, Afterparty Tokyo, and the 2019 Airstars Aerial Dance Art Competition in Bangkok. She is most proud of performing her signature 2019 Airstars Open Category Champion Aerial Bondage and burlesque act at the opening of Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 and high fashion queen, Violet Chachki’s debut in Manila with a tantalizing show that explores sexuality, celebrates a broader spectrum of beauty and promotes self-love.

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