Home' LOTL : Jan 12 Contents In skimming through the plethora of luscious ladies on display at the various burlesque
nights around town I couldn’t help but feel that something is missing. A night
celebrating bent burlesque kings and queens.
Most burlesque performers in Oz will happily quote the revivals pioneers
as Dita Von Tease, Catherine D’lish, Dirty Marini and The Velvet Hammer. All
I often wonder, however, where is the acknowledgement and celebration of the
women who pioneered Australia’s notorious scene? Our scene is known the
world over as being diverse, clever and prolific.
It began in the late eighties in the most unlikely of places - the queer
underground - and it grew until the last instalment of Gurlesque, (RIP- 2009).
I’m thinking back to the days of Miss Wicked, Club Bent and Taboo Parlour.
These predominantly queer events were the starting point for today’s Australian
strip stars whose creative undressing have spawned an entire sub-genre.
Now if you don’t know what those events were, don’t feel all bad and dirty
If you did attend those events– all the more reason to feel bad and dirty-
making folks feel all bad and dirty is what we do.
So, as cute as it is to see a dame take off her glove
with her teeth, most of us also have a penchant for
burlesque that takes us to the wild side. Come spend
time with us.
In the spirit of Miss
Wicked, Club Bent
and Gurlesque, Bent
Burlesque will hold
a mighty celebration
of this avante guard
performance strip as
part of the Midsumma
We can promise a night
alive with sensuality, a
general disregard for
censorship and just plain flying in the face of tradition... Besides, traditional
burlesque can be seen any weekend and it is divine. But works like this- you’ll
only get this once a year.
This event is a gallery. And in it I have hung the art of three of my favourite
current performance strippers. Of course my headliner is Glitta Supernova-
Gurlesque co-founder and an unsung hero of this amazing sub-genre. I’ll also
be boasting a hot cast including the delectable Lillian Starr and enfant terrible
Betty Grumble. And then there is myself, Australia’s Queen of Burlesque gettin’
lewd, rude and as nude as our laws will allow.
We will also host the hottest boylesque guest stars in Australia - so
don’t assume this one is just for the gals. It’s for everyone with a bent
for getting bent.
What: Bent Bulesque
Where: Red Bennies
Date: January 18-21
Time: Wed-Sat 9pm
Price: $20 +BF;
$25 at the door
Duration: 60 mins approx.
20 Lesbians On The Loose Magazine • lotl.com
Arts | Events
Midsumma plays host to an evening of
unforgettable Bent Burlesque. By Imogen Kelly
Where is the
and celebration of the
women who pioneered
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