What is “Burlesque”?
Burlesque refers to any dramatic, literal or musical work created to create satire out of its more serious counterpart or originating source. In America alone, burlesque in the form of numerous parody porn are widespread. Often times, blockbuster movies are used as the basis for the content of burlesque entertainment.
It is also a subgenre of performance art combining music, dance, and risque performances. Popular in the earlier half of the 20th century, burlesque performance has seen a resurgence in recent years. Popularized during the Prohibition years in speakeasies, burlesque performances can now be seen everywhere. Theatres, bars, and full Broadway musicals are dedicated to the sensual and often times erotic performances.
History & Etymology
Burlesque was derived from the Italian word, burla/burlesco which means “mockery” or “to joke and ridicule”. The earliest burlesque shows were done in Great Britain, back in the 1840’s and 1850’s. At that time, burlesque shows consisted of female casts, and were created as musical reviews and satirical plays. The common themes of early burlesque shows include mockery of Shakespearean drama, opera, ballet and the lower class society.
Contrary to the earliest form of burlesque, present-day burlesque depicts strip teasing, highly scanty costumes, and playful, suggestive performance. It is distinctly different from stripping, in that the goal of the performer is to entertain and drive the audience to laughter. The main goal of strippers when performing is to arouse their audience.
The appeal of burlesque is strong in women and gay men. What makes burlesque truly striking to its viewers is drives the audience to savor every bit of the performance in order to satisfy their arousal, their curiosity and their stimulated imagination. There is a certain sensual kick to being led on through an entertaining dance or performance done by a skimpily-clad burlesque performer.
Audiences are taken to a different dimension, thanks to the hypnotic dance and manipulative strip teasing of the burlesque dancer/entertainer.
Practicality/Do’s and Dont’s of Burlesque Shows
A burlesque show should not be confused with a strip show. In a strip show, viewers are allowed to touch the body of the performer and it often leads to sexual gratification or contact. In burlesque, the performers are not complied to do as the audience asks them to unless it is really part of the performance or it has been openly allowed. Touching or groping during a burlesque performance is a huge no-no. Sitting close-up is allowed. At times, audience participation may also be encouraged by the performer. Eye contact is alright and allowed, but flirting and hitting on the performers is definitely one that must be avoided at all costs. Flirting and seducing burlesque performers is strongly discouraged whether it is before, during or after the performance.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Vintage fetish is the experience of gaining erotic arousal from the portrayal of lingerie, objects and other articles of clothing from a much older era. In burlesque performances, lingerie, laces and corsets are among the most commonly used props by the performers. Vintage pieces of clothing are already appealing for their timeless quality. However, the regal characteristic that comes with it likewise makes it a visually sensual and suggestive subject to people who love all things classic and sexual.
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