The Madwoman (Khalima) was recently interviewed by RVA magazine. Here is the link to full interview, which is well worth reading; http://rvamag.com/articles/full/14793/defying-the-metaphorical-death-of-winter-an-interview-with-khalima
Below is the part of her interview about Professor Bless and the Dancing Madwoman.
Professor Bless and the Dancing Madwoman
You are a notorious collaborator with various other artists
in Richmond and surrounding areas. What are some projects that you are
currently work on?
Right now I am putting a lot of energy into Professor Bless and the
Dancing Madwoman, my collaboration with accordionist Barry Bless, who
many know from the Ululating Mummies, Happy Lucky Combo, The Indigenous
Gourd Orchestra, and other projects. Barry and I bring together song and
dance into theatrical vignettes. Barry has composed many songs on
accordion which we use; we also pull music from popular culture of older
eras and the world. I have also returned to playing music after a long
break, have started singing, and am adding a drag bit as well. We are
working on a portable stage that will allow us to take our show directly
to the people, on the street! This project is so exciting to me, and it
is a joy to work with Barry, who is full of creativity and is an
amazing musician and family man. There are no holds barred. Working with
a musician with so much discipline and heart is a real backbone to me,
and I thoroughly enjoy what we do. Together, we have been hosting a
monthly Cabaret Brunch at Balliceaux where Richmond has been able to get
a taste of the pieces we have been working on, and also an open format
for other creative performers and bellydancers to try out their pieces.