Kindergarters: Burlesque in Canada

by Paola Canale

Publisher: Paola Canale

Publication Date: July 23, 2015

ISBN: 9781476057866

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Burlesque is essentially formal parody. It’s old as the theatre itself and it’s now thriving all over the world. Most people think that "burlesque" means female strippers walking a runway to a bump and grind beat. But that only fits the form in its declining years. It means also Burlesque hen parties, cupcake hen parties, dinner cabaret, Charleston hen parties, Pin Up Hair & Make up Parties , Pin-Up Photoshoots, Hula Hoop Hen Parties, Vintage Teas.
At its best, burlesque was a rich source of music and comedy that kept America audiences laughing from 1840 through the 1960s. Through the centuries this captivating and highly entertaining art form of performance has undergone many transformations, utilising the female form as a tool for artistic expression and communication and celebrating beauty in all its forms.
It’s an exploration of sensual liberation and freedom where the fourth wall of theatre is broken down to include the audience as an integral part of the show.
Some sources try to wrap burlesque in a mantle of pseudo-intellectual respectability but it mainly involves transgressive comedy and songs and its primary source of attraction have always been sexual allusions in an humouristic key of interpretation and immodestly dressed women. Its influence reaches through the development of popular entertainment into the present.
In the 19th Century, the term "burlesque" was applied to a wide range of comic plays, including non-musicals. Beginning in the 1840s, these works entertained the lower and middle by making fun of the operas, plays and social habits of the upper classes. These shows used comedy and music for a reinterpretation of traditional theatrical acts.
By the 1860s, British burlesque relied on the display of underdressed women to keep audiences interested. In the Victorian age, when proper women went to great lengths to hide their physical form beneath bustles, hoops and frills, the idea of young ladies appearing onstage ...