Imagine: a small smoky theatre where men and women are gathered around tables, strategically placed around a small stage that is lit with classic theatre lights. Music starts to play and the velvet drapes that hide the stage from view suddenly give way to a world of glamour and glitter. A world of extravaganza, travesty and scarcely dressed girls that bring entertainment that is at times sensual, erotic and funny. This is burlesque. Song and dance, sketches and comedy and sexual fantasies. Burlesque brings it all. And now, burlesque has gone a step further, replacing its female performers with all males casts. A new genre of theatrical performance named Boylesque.
Jonathan Ackley was born in Rockdale, Texas but currently resides in Austin in that same state. Being an aspiring actor, and knowing how difficult it is to get foot on the ground in that highly competitive world, Jonathan follows classes to improve himself while making a living as a waiter. But at night, Jonathan transforms himself into a different creature. At night he covers himself with glitters and climbs on stage, dancing and acting and entertaining a wildly enthusiast public. Because at night Jonathan Ackley is part of Austin’s only and most popular Boylesque theatre show.
Roberto Ajauro knows what it is to stand in the spotlights. Being an actor himself, he knows all about performing and entertaining an audience. He knows it is hard work and requires a very specific skill set. And with that experience and that knowledge Roberto was able to follow another dream. Roberto Ajauro is now a photographer, and well acclaimed at that too. No surprisingly so as with that specific skillset he is able to coach and direct his models and hemp them to feel at ease in front of a camera. Which always results in some extra ordinary work. Though located in New York City, with a professional studio in Manhattan, Roberto met Jonathan Ackley while visiting the city of Austin and immediately saw the potential of this young entertainer. They decided to do a photoshoot and obviously the chemistry was unique.
Asides from his work as a waiter and Boylesque entertainer, Jonathan Ackley also studies physical health, in order to one day be able to work as a personal trainer. Jonathan is a giving person, who wants to make a difference in other people’s life. Possibly though physical guidance, but most certainly through entertainment. Because his heart and passion lies in music and a dance. –BM-
ROBERTO AJAURO | BEAUTIFULMAG
JONATHAN ACKLEY | BEAUTIFULMAG