[Dixielandjazz] New trends in Burlesque - somewhat on topic ;-)
tubaman at batnet.com
Thu Apr 29 09:18:01 PDT 2004
An article in today's San Jose Mercury News you might enjoy - link
should be good for the next few days.
here is a snip:
> Across the Bay Area, dance troupes like the Lollies, Kitty Kitty Bang
> Bang, the Harlem Shake Burlesque and the Devil-ettes are again doing
> the Big Tease with a wink and a smile. They might disrobe, but since
> the emphasis is more on the tease than the strip, they leave on the
> pasties and G-strings.
> In the true spirit of burlesque, local organizers are enlisting a
> potpourri of colorful, sometimes kitschy performers. A recent show by
> San Francisco's Famous Burlesque Revue featured Dammit the Wonderdog,
> a mutt that breaks down cardboard boxes for recycling; comedian and
> juggler Fred Anderson; and Roky Roulette, a male stripper, billed as
> ``the Boing, Boing, Boing Boy,'' who hops by dollar-dangling patrons
> on his fur-covered pogo stick.
> Instead of recorded music, a six-piece band, featuring alumni of the
> Dead Kennedys and Polkacide, keeps 'em shimmying with ragtime, jazz
> and assorted sultry tunes.
> ``Nowadays, everything out there is so in your face,'' says bassist
> Paul Bergmann, one of the organizers of the Famous Burlesque shows.
> ``You can go onto the Internet and see all kinds of body parts in
> action. That's not what we're about. We're about having fun. It could
> be sexy, but it's got a sense of humor, style and grace.''
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