Originally Posted by Lady von Purple
Not that stripping itself is a negative thing- that's a whole other kettle of fish- I just mean that burlesque is about so much more than nudity. It's the dances, the sketches, the jokes, the performers, the music, the atmosphere, the outfits AND the nudity. If you're missing any of these, I personally hesitate to call it burlesque.
There are many elements to burlesque,and like all manners of entertainment it is all down to the inspiration and interpretation of the performer. I myself,do not perform comedic acts,and I most certainly am a professional burlesque performer. I was discussing this with Immodesty Blaize,last year as I had been asked to perform in a London venue which turned out to be a seedy club when I went to meet with the promoter. I met Ms.Blaize the following day and said how frustrated I was at situations such as this,and her response was spot on-she said there is room for everybody and an audience for everybody,whatever style of burlesque it is. I am not particularly partial to gorelesque,nor does full nudity appeal to me(which I have witnessed in overseas shows),yet I would never consider that those people are not burlesque performers. It takes hard work,determination and a bucket load of moxie to perform and to pursue a career in this industry. Cabaret is all-encompassing and I am proud to be a part of it-all of it.