Burlesque. Burlesque. Burlesque. By Ginger Lovelle (Howlin' Wolf Burlesque, Hull)
Everyone has heard of it, but few people actually know what it is. There is glitter, feathers, some pleasing dance moves and perhaps some tuneful singing and light hearted comedy.
What more could a person ask for? Plus, a confident woman will inevitably shed some of her outer garments to reveal a chock full of body positivity and perhaps some strategically placed nipple tassles? Brilliant! But Burlesque itself is much more than a glorified cabaret.
The word burlesque in its simplest form means, 'An absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, especially in a dramatic work'; so basically; a parody.
Burlesque has a rich cultural history and has been around in a theatrical sense since the 17th century when music halls were popular. It has undergone many re-vamps, including in 1950's America with the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee and in the 1990's with the modern day burlesque icon Dita Von Teese.
But what is Burlesque like today? And where does it stand in contemporary entertainment culture?
Modern Burlesque is performed predominantly by females and to a predominantly female audience (however, men are both welcome to perform and to watch).
Young women are growing up in a society that dictates how they should look, what they should wear and even how they should feel and behave.
With increasing pressure being piled upon women in an increasingly media-centric society, the female body is subject to more scrutiny than ever.
However, Burlesque fights against this by empowering and celebrating the female form in all its glory, and allows women to become empowered sexual subjects in control of their own bodies, rather than a subject of the male gaze.
The sheer fact that performers remove their clothes, parodies the social stigma about the privacy of the female naked body and allows women to be proud of themselves, no matter what shape, size, age or colour!
Burlesque is a spectacle that uses comedy, theatre, dance and intricate props and costumes to ultimately tell a story. It is not just a form of light entertainment but can be known to tackle very poignant issues as well.
Within Burlesque, you can be whoever you want to be, without being judged.
It is ultimately an art form of self-expression and appreciation. It celebrates society's diversity, accepts everyone and rejects no one.
With Hull successfully winning the title of City of Culture 2017, we hope that Burlesque can finally be appreciated and understood in this city for what it is. It is the most accepting and diverse form of entertainment and The Howlin' Wolf Burlesque aim to put on a cracking good show!
Naughty For Nice Causes! The Renegade Angels are a nine piece, burlesque cooperative, established in Oct 2012 who aim to add a touch of glamour to any charity event.
The angels came together by combining their love of burlesque, with their love of helping others. They put on their own shows for causes close to them, but are also available to hire for any event in aid of a registered charity. They guarantee to put some fun and frolics into your fundraising venture!
The Howlin' Wolf is a brand new Burlesque and Cabaret show, established in November 2013, brought to you by a collaboration of Hull's very own burlesque veterans. It is a quarterly show at O'Rileys Bar on Beverley Road in Hull. They aim to bring you the very best of Hull's Burlesque, Comedy, cabaret and alternative entertainment and aim to put Hull City of Culture on the burlesque map!
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