I am a Burlesque groupie turned performer, and as such I have seen a lot of shows. In fact this month marks the 2 year anniversary when I first saw Burlesque show (a short amount of time compared to most really).
In the last couple of weeks I have been to and performed in many shows, including those at The Australian Burlesque Festival, Gallery Burlesque, The Burlesque Effect Fundraiser, Gallery Burlesque and Gotham Fatale Present Comic Strip, Starwars Burlesque at the Vanguard and Miss Burlesque Finals.
At one of these shows I overheard someone say that a routine wasn’t Burlesque as there was no stripping/nudity.
I also went to a strip club with some performers in Melbourne and it was interesting for me to see what is different about it, compared to what I have seen at Burlesque shows. (Funny story when I was watching the first stripper I had a rather automatic thought where are her nipple pasties?!? Rather amusing really and a sign I have seen a LOT of Burlesque…)
I am not going to discuss what Burlesque is to me for now, as I would love to see some discussion on it.
The Oxford Dictionary defines it as:
1. an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a literary or dramatic work ; a parody (this is probably the more historical meaning)
2. a variety show, typically including striptease.
I want to know what is Burlesque to you?
Is it Burlesque if there is no striptease?
Is it Burlesque if a routine is largely a striptease?
Is it Burlesque if someones bra/top doesn’t come off (in the case of female performers)?