2014 Australian Burlesque Festival


Australia's Bella de Jac in the Australian Burlesque Festival

Australia’s Bella de Jac in the Australian Burlesque Festival

Back by popular demand, the Australian Burlesque Festival will once again be touring nationwide in June, unveiling itself to Adelaide audiences on 19 & 20 June 2014.

Now in its 5th year, the Australian Burlesque Festival is the biggest celebration of tease in the Southern Hemisphere and brings together the best of home-grown seasoned performers along with renowned international icons never before seen on Australian stages. Newbies, known as “Baby Bombshells”, also make their debuts and there is even a bit of male performer “boylesque” thrown in for equal measure!

From the best in classic and glamorous acts to shimmy shakin’ exotic tease and beyond, sparkle and sizzle will abound in 2014.

Burlesque literally means to “to mock” or “to parody” and was a form of entertainment popularized in the 1880s. From the 1840s to the 1940s, clubs and theatres often had “raunchy” variety shows. In the 1920s and 1930s Golden Age of Hollywood, filmmakers tried to recreate burlesque in film with elements of vaudeville, comedy, dance and the art of the tease. During the 1940s to the 1950s, striptease performers such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Jennie Lee and Dixie Evans embodied the true Burlesque starlet with their striptease acts (not to be confused with contemporary stripping).

The art of striptease is an enticing removal of clothing with no full frontal nudity on the reveal. Fast forward to the 1990s and a resurgence of Burlesque, most notably led by Dita Von Tease, and Burlesque continues to be popular the world over.

The Australian Burlesque Festival was founded in 2010 by Melbourne Burlesque icons Dolores Daiquiri and Rosy Rabbit. With a passion to celebrate this timeless art form and foster a creative community of Burlesque performers and enthusiasts, Dolores and Rosy continue to produce, direct and perform in this dazzling travelling spectacular as well in their own independent showcases all year round.

ABF Burlesque workshops will also be available throughout the tour for anyone wanting to learn how to strut their own stuff. Adult women and men of all ages welcome.

Tickets for the 2014 Australian Burlesque Festival and workshops are available from the ABF website.

Australian Burlesque Festival
When: 19 & 20 June 2014
Where: Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Lion Arts Centre, crn North Terrace & Morphett Sts, Adelaide
Dress code: Cocktail attire
Tickets: $55 + booking fee
Bookings: Book online through the Australian Burlesque Festival website


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