The Australian Burlesque Festival celebrates ten years with three huge shows at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Federation Square. At this event, they will showcase both international and local stars of the stage.
New Follies - 26th September This night is the Emerging Burlesque Performers Contest event of the festival. It is a look at the emerging artists and the contest features burlesque performers from every genre. All have had less than two years burlesque experience and will be judged by a group of industry professionals. The winner will be invited to perform at one of the festival shows playing with the headliners, as well as other fabulous prizes for them and the runners up!
The venue will be at the Wonderland Spiegeltent – Federation Square, River Terrace - Princes Walk. You can get to this venue by either the large steps near the water between the two restaurant spaces or by walking along the river. Phone: 0401 660 681 for ticket enquiries - Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.
Noir Exotique - 27 September Here you can join in celebrating premier neo-burlesque artists in a seducing frisk through the bizarre and fascinating world of modern burlesque.
You will enter a world of seduction and fantasy, which is normally shielded from the outside world. It will be a mesmerising event that could shock and amaze you. This will feature the best of the following:
And everything in between
This will be the biggest celebration of burlesque in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are going to one burlesque event this year, then this is the one you must attend!
The venue is the same as the one above and doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.
The Big Tease Gala - 28 September This is the final night of the very glamorous classic tease and modern neo-burlesque that will hypnotise, delight and stimulate the senses. The gala will be some of the best and most entertaining international and local burlesque performers. They will celebrate traditional "bump 'n' grind", vintage type tease, swishing cabaret and variety entertainment.
About Burlesque Wikipedia describes burlesque as a dramatic or musical work which is supposed to make you satirise the manner of serious works, or by ridiculous treatment of their subjects. The word is actually derived from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla. Burla is a joke, a ridicule or something that mocks something else.
Burlesque was an extravaganza originally from the Victorian era in the late 17th century.
A good example of musical burlesque is Richard Strauss's 1890 Burleske for piano and orchestra. Another example of theatrical burlesques would be W. S. Gilbert's Robert the Devil and the A. C. Torr .
Later on the term referred (particularly in the US) used to refer to performances in a variety show format. These were popular from around the 1860s to the 1940s. These were often in cabarets and clubs as well as theatres and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.
At one stage ,some Hollywood films attempted to recreate the idea of these performances or included burlesque-type scenes within some of their films such as 1972's Cabaret and 1979's All That Jazz, among others. There has been an increase of interest in this format since the 1990s.
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