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The Copper Cowgirl galloped her way into Musikfest this year as your friendly living statue from the Old West. This was the first year she performed at Musikfest and in the United States.
The Copper Cowgirl is one of the many Buskers, street performers, appearing throughout Musikfest. The Copper Cowgirl was at Musikfest from Aug. 5 through 9. She was born in South Africa, but currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and her real name is Claire Bezuidenhout. She has been performing for nine years and says she loves making people laugh and catching them off guard.
She chose a cowgirl because, “I wanted to do a character that I could connect with and have fun with. I love horses and being a cowgirl.”
Claire has gotten her routine down to one hour for applying all the special theatrical makeup, which is made by Kryolan. The Copper Cowgirl makes all of her own costumes and paints them.
“I really enjoy this part!” Claire says. Since choosing the career of a Busker, The Copper Cowgirl has traveled all over Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and now the United States. Her family is supportive.
“My mother likes to tell everyone who I am and what I do,” she says. Standing still for any period of time has its own obstacles and she needs to keep up her strength.
“Finding shade and staying hydrated, when I need it, can be a challenge,” Claire says.
On top of being an expert winker, she acts out Wild West moves, but playing on the reactions of the crowd is what she loves the most.
“To be able to see the faces of all those amazing children, make people laugh and best of all catch them off guard is the biggest reward,” Claire says.
When her time was over at Musikfest she was traveling back home to Victoria.
If you want to keep up with her you can visit her website: http://coppercowgirlstatue.com/ or visit her on facebook @coppercowgirlstate.