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Australian burlesque is internationally renown for its unique flavour of the theatrical, glamorous and avant-garde burlesque; along with our outrageously talented performers. At this Festival, the best of our homegrown artists perform alongside international burlesque icons. A stunning lineup of sensational tease, glamorous striptease, exciting neo-burlesque, and exotic seductions are on the cards. The largest touring burlesque festival in the world, it's been delivering quality shows since 2009.
The Official Gala Afterparty is held in Melbourne at the Wonderland Spiegeltent at Federation Square. The theme is Silver and Blue, and it's open to crew, volunteers, performers and the general public. Wear your most lavish silver and blue outfit evening attire and keep in mind this is an 18 plus age group event as there'll be adult content and may contain partial nudity. It's first in best dressed, as it's non-allocated seating. Start the Festival off with a bang before it tours nationally following the Melbourne shows.
This year, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Darwin and Sydney are the lucky ones with Workshops that'll Shimmy It, Quake It, Make It Bounce! Sweetpea from the USA will run a Wiggle Workshop & Workout. It's time to swivel, jiggle, toss and twerk your front and backsides about. You'll learn how to awaken and utilise the pelvic tilt along with foot and knee utilisation as the foundation for all booty popping and body rocking that'll leave you with at least 3 new ways to wiggle your body. It's suited to all levels.
Floor Fantasy is another workshop run by Sweetpea. Keeping hip, hamstring and knee safety in the forefront, learn how to move smoothly on the floor, make graceful transitions, do impressive tricks and return to standing with apparent ease. Learn a variety of ways to work and play with the floor that looks and feels good. Sexing the Stage is yet another Sweetpea workshop. If you love the intoxicatingly seductive energy and the strong, sassy moves of burlesque performers, but not sure how to awaken the power or the movement vocabulary within you to infuse your acts, this workshop is for you!
For Raw Sensuality in Burlesque, Rita Fontaine from Brisbane is your gal. This workshop lets you explore your body using bellydance elements that'll centre and slow your sensuality. Learn to smoulder like the Golden age Hollywood actresses with subtle gestures and develop moves and poses that translates to your photoshoots.
Ella Fontaine, also from Brisbane will cover Develop an Original Costume Design - Skills workshop. She'll get you thinking outside the box so you can communicate what type of seductress you are by developing your character through the right costuming. Develop ideas through illustration, and a scheme sheet will help you effectively plan your budget and communicate your design.
Diesel Darling from Sydney will help you Fake It Till You Make It. Whether you're just starting out or been around forever; can't do the splits; look like you fell over in reverse getting up from floor-work; this is the workshop for you. Diesel will show you how you can look like you are nailing it like a professional. After all, burlesque is all about smoke and mirrors. Learn how to showcase your natural strengths and disguise your weaker skills. Learn how to execute seemingly difficult moves and make it look effortless. After all, confidence is sexy!
From Europe, Chris Oh will teach you The Art of the Ballet Line and Extension - Look at those legs! Display your best ass'sets with poise, posture and grace, in a ballet for burlesque. Burlesque'ify sequences with emphasis placed on deportment of the body and limbs with application to turn-out, bevelled angles and continuous reach.
Be The Pastie is another workshop by Chris. A more advanced performer based class, you'll need to have performance skill and experience. Learn some methods on how you can create movement, meaning and choreography from intrinsic personal expression and more. Come fully prepared to feel awkward and aloof, challenged and excited.
Jazida's Silk Fan Veils will show you a variety of tips , techniques and exciting combos of single, double, open and closed fan work to help build strength in the core, wrists, arms, back; increase flexibility and develop musicality. Awarded the title of Miss Fantastic 2016, Jazida is known for her use of silk fan veils and will share her tips and techniques on using these props with showgirl style.
Lyra La Belle from Adelaide will show you a bit of American Grind! A workshop based on the style of Las Vegas Legend Tiffany Carter, learn the style that made the legends the stars they were in the 60s. All this is but a snippet of all you'll experience at the workshops. Not every workshop is run in every state. Follow each workshop link and read full details of all that encompasses each workshop. Many are filling up fast, so grab your spot soon.
The New Follies in Melbourne is the Emerging Burlesque Performers Contest event of the Festival. There'll be burlesque performers from every genre that have less than two years burlesque experience, and they'll be judged by a panel of industry professionals. This event is designed to encourage and promote emerging artists, and it gives the audience a glimpse into the future of the next generation of burlesque performers.
If you think you know what burlesque is all about, Noir Exotique will make you think again! Be shocked, be amazed at this event that features the best of neo-burlesque, queer delights, fetish, sizzling erotica, satire, parody, vaudeville and everything in between. It's a sensual and mesmerising journey into the world of bizarre antics!
These are just two of many events across Australia and the website is best visited for full details of events, dates, venues and more. Don't miss out on this amazing Festival and its amazing shows filled with glamour, sass and a whole lot of sexy professionalism.