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09 Dec 2014
What is Burlesque?

So you think you know what ‘burlesque’ is? Firstly, we should tell you it’s not all that you see in the titled movie. To understand burlesque, you must understand the history of burlesque.  So here you go, a wonderful overview of the history off burlesque written by the Australian Burlesque Festival:

Burlesque literally means to ‘mock’ or to parody and is an extremely ‘old’ form of entertainment popularised in the 1800s but can be found throughout history. Clubs and theatres often had raunchy ‘variety shows’ that were very popular from about the 1840s to the 1940s.

Hollywood, in the Golden Era, even tried to recapture or recreate ‘burlesque’ in film that would include elements of vaudeville, comedy, dance and ‘tease’. During the 1940s to 1960s striptease performers such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, Jennie Lee, Dixie Evans, Lily St Cyr, Evelyn West and so many more embodied the essence of ‘striptease’.

Neo burlesque or modern burlesque was popularised again in the early 90s in the USA and is still extremely popular worldwide. It generally involves ‘striptease’, which consists of the tasteful removal of garments to a final reveal, but can include elements of slapstick, vaudeville, circus, cabaret, boylesque, queer performance art and so much more. In most cases it does not involve full frontal nudity but is more about capturing the ‘Art of Tease’ in its true essence.

Performers like Velvet Hammer, Billie Madley, Dita Von Teese, The Swedish Housewife, Catherine D’Lish, Dirty Martini were amongst many who helped popularise the artform in the USA.

In Australia, performers such as Willow J, Imogen Kelly, Glita Supanova, Gypsy Wood, Dolores Daiquiri (Hi Ball Burlesque), Lola The Vamp, Tasia (Belladonnas Delux), Sugar Blue Burlesque and so many more were the early pioneers of the popular revival in Australia with many starting in the 1990’s.

There are now Annual Burlesque Festivals, Productions and Conferences all around the world celebrating ‘burlesque’ including Australia. It is an exciting time for performers and audiences. Many festival shows attract people of all kinds, especially woman, as it celebrates all shapes and sizes and is exciting to participate in and watch. The Australian Burlesque Festival runs once per year (June-July) and in 2015 Sina King was one of the countrywide tour headliners.

So, I hope that gets you up to speed or perhaps has provided a platform for further research? If you’ve ever wanted to have burlesque at your event, now is the best time to do it, and now is the right time to be booking for 2016.

Sina King has performed on the biggest burlesque stages in the world and is regarded as one of Australia’s best. As creative powerhouse, King began her burlesque career in 2011 after being crowned winner of Australia’s most prestigious industry competition ‘Miss Burlesque Australia’. In 2015, King singularly represented the Southern Hemisphere at the world ‘s largest and most prestigious burlesque competition, the historical ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’. Her high glamour and unique performances have been seen around the world at A-list Viennese balls, on 42nd Street, New York, historical theatres of Europe, and The Burlesque Hall of Fame, in Las Vegas. Despite her globetrotting, King loves her home country and has performed in every major city and inspired many as coach and mentor along the way.  Off stage, King is a passionate pinup, producer, and Creative Director. An innovator, a pioneer, a queen, and a dream to watch.

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