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Shanghai ShowgirlOur favourite Edinburgh Fringe show in 2015 is definitely going to be Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl!  There are three reasons for our fandom:

 

  • It’s a true story
  • It was crowd-funded
  • There’s a book!

 

Because the truth is, we’re not to going make it to Edinburgh this year … we’re too busy fulfilling your summer orders at www.loveburlesque.com to be able to take an August holiday but we can dream …

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Vintage burlesque photographer wins award

 


Neil Kendall Photography - LouLou D'VillNeil Kendall has long been a favourite of a certain kind of burlesque performer and now his painstaking reconstructions of vintage glamour and boudoir photography have won him national acclaim. he’s been chosen as Photographer of The Year at the National Vintage Awards. It’s no surprise to those of us who love the world of burlesque as Neil’s work has featured in Vogue and The Guardian and he’s worth with Dita von Teese (of course!) But for those who don’t yet recognise his name, we are delighted to share one of his most evocative images - Finnish burlesque star LouLou D'Vill on set during her “Dance of The Serpent” - quite stunning we’re sure you’ll agree.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Burlesque censorship?

 

Rosie BittsChautaqua might not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking about burlesque but the Chautaqua festival in Saskatchewan has provoked a little ripple. Canada is relatively prudish when it comes to live performance and burlesque performer Rosie Bitts commented on this during her recent show at the annual Chautaqua Theatre Festival. Chautaqua was a famous event at the turn of the century, being a four or five day long tented festival of learning where you could get lectures in anything from growing apples to home mortician skills (those American housewives must have had interesting lives!) So the Chautaqua Festival might be expected to push the boundaries which is what Rosie though she was doing when she commented, during her strip, on the fact that Saskatchewan is a pasties on location in all drinking venues. What Rosie said was, ‘God forbid I remove these [nipple pasties] and you have a beer in your hand. You could f***ing lose your minds!’

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Male hoofers taking their kit off

So … been to see Channing Tatum’s latest yet? Of course you have and so have we. We’re not going to get into spoilers  but it’s a real storyline this time. Mike is on the road, trying to make a success of his furniture design business. Yes, Magic Mike is now a superior carpenter! But he sets off to help some of his former male stripper pals, and on the way bumps into a few old flames and some real stars such as Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith - strong ladies!

Of course Tatum’s history as a male dancer really shines through and the burlesque performances are well choreographed … next year we want to attend this stripper convention they are on the road to! The highlight of the film is a Magic Mike solo that Tatum performs in his garage. A really wonderful bit of acting and dancing, it shows the depth of character that really good burlesque work can produce.

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Flamboyant icon of Burlesque passes

Like many fans of Burlesque, we’ve been pausing to commemorate the passing of Blaze Starr one of the most glamorous of the burlesque tribe, proud to call herself a stripper (no nonsense about being an ‘artiste’ for her!) and scandalous in the best sense of the word, as she was renowned, but never publicly shamed, for being the mistress of the Governor of Louisiana, Earl Long.

She was 83 years old and had been wowing her fans since the end of the second world war. One of those who truly can be called an icon, she first set Baltimore ablaze when she appeared at the Two O’Clock club there, and earned her soubriquet, ‘The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque’. But it was when she travelled to New Orleans that her story became legendary - she met Earl Long and they began an affair that lasted nearly two decades. The Governor was also relatively open about the relationship, to the annoyance of his wife and the open secret made Blaze a figure of mystery and gossip across the USA - which didn’t harm her burlesque career any!

Starr was to buy the Two O’Clock club which had made her famous and under her ownership the venue became famous as a stand up comedy launch pad.

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Posted By Rowena Yee

Fat stars

Katie Hopkins. Perhaps that’s all we need to say?

Or perhaps not. The Sun columnist has made her name attacking many targets, and her most recent is the Red Ruby burlesque troupe. The dancers, who are semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent and whom we featured in a previous blog post, attracted her attention not because of their provocative dancing, nor their sexy costumes, but simply because of their size.

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Posted By Rowena Yee