Liam Mullone. A female friend asked me to a burlesque night she had organised. She honestly thought I would enjoy it. On a wet weekday afternoon there are typically six or seven punters in these stews, who half-watch the show while drinking lager, munching crisps and thumbing through Loot or watching the cricket on the screen in the corner.
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Britain's "classical burlesque" show came to America in the s with a dancer named Lydia Thompson. Thompson's all-female troupe of actors cross-dressed, got all bawdy, and shockingly appeared onstage with their legs covered only in tights. Around the same time, a Broadway musical called "The Black Crook" put practically naked legs onstage, too. Both shows were huge successes with audiences, and initially with critics, too; but the latter caved under pressure from "decent" society-types and ultimately denounced the "leg shows," which in turn made them even bigger hits [source: Kenrick ]. From there, burlesque exploded and evolved.
Barenaked Ladies. The Untold History of the Girlie Show. By Rachel Shteir. Oxford Univ. When I was in high school, seeing striptease at the Old Howard Theatre in Boston's notorious Scollay Square was a thrilling violation of s feminine taboos.
As a burlesque dancer , what I do involves choreography, feathers, and glitter. Lots of glitter. Also involved: never-ending drama around issues like fair pay , entitled male audience members, and the heady experience of people occasionally throwing money at me for taking off my clothes onstage. But I think of it like this: Stripping is client-focused; burlesque is performance-focused.