After climbing the somewhat steep 28 steps into the Grand Poobah on Friday evening, being seated in the audience of the Burlesque After Dark performance was an absolute hoot.
Dressed in her resplendent little black dress, self-declared “hostess with the moistess” Amanda Bergmann roused the audience to cheers and clapping; and when she asked how many have been to a Burlesque After Dark performance before, I am sure my wife and I were the only two out of some 80 people in the room not to raise our hands.
Appropriately this first Burlesque After Dark event for 2021 coincided with the week of International Women’s Day
and our hostess made sure the importance of this day and week was known to all.
For anyone new to Burlesque, it is a form of stripping repopularised by the ‘Queen of Burlesque’ Dita Von Teese who began performing in 1992 in the United States. Her muses included Betty Grable, Mae West, Carmen Miranda and Marlene Dietrich which set the scene for the rather lavish costumes. Burlesque performances were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, in clubs and cabaret rooms, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease.
In the 1920’s Pasties emerged as a way to avoid breaking the law by performing topless or nude, and they came to be regarded by some as more aesthetic and erotic. Pasties covering the nipples soon evolved to include the adding of tassels which hang from the center which are incorporated into tassel twirling as part of a performance.
Local Tasmanian artists Paige Turner, Grace Cherry, Velvet Butterfly, Miss Billie Rocka and Scarlett Jezebel did not disappoint with their tassel twirling and even threw in a twerk or two to much applause and hooting.
Stage Kitten Laura, dressed in her stage assistant black leotard complete with fishnet lace stockings, and her COVID friendly blue latex gloves, ably picked up an assortment of feathers, tossed bras and other garments in between the acts; whilst the ‘hostess with the moistess’ kept the energy high with her spirited puns and one liners.
Burlesque after Dark is a bi monthly event throughout 2021 and can be commended for a night out of laughs and whistles. The audience consisted mostly of groups of females along with a smattering of menfolk mostly accompanied with their female partners, but to my mind, it is not really the place for a single bloke which could come across as a bit pervy.
Production Grace Cherry. Photography Neil Buonaccorsi.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/03/pasties-galore-as-performers-strut-their-stuff/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pasties-galore-as-performers-strut-their-stuff