Friday, 4 July 2014 2:28:24 PM Australia/Sydney
I have told you tidbits of burlesque history, burlesque costumes and some of the people found in the history of burlesque but here is one thing I have found that you may be interested in. This is a concrete definition of burlesque, especially American burlesque according to Wikipedia. American burlesque is a genre of variety show. Derived from elements of Victorian burlesque, music hall and minstrel shows, burlesque shows in America became popular in the 1860s and evolved to feature ribald comedy (lewd jokes) and female striptease. Yes we still see striptease on burlesque shows today and mixed with jokes, I think that the burlesque shows we see today is more like than it was back then, only backed up with a digital stage production and sound of course. Also according to Wikipedia, By the early 20th century, burlesque in America was presented as a populist blend of satire, performance art, music hall and adult entertainment, featuring striptease and broad comedy acts. That is why we see a variety of actors and actresses on stage, not only for burlesque shows but also on different stage plays; same as it was once back then. Moreover, Wikipedia says that The entertainment was presented often in cabarets and clubs, as well as music halls and theatres. Performers, usually female, often created elaborate tableaux with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting; novelty acts, such as fire breathing or contortionists, might be added to enhance the impact of their performance. Now that is a definition that clearly describes most of burlesque costumes and burlesque shows’ understanding.
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