Burlesque Festival Cast Quit Over Blackface Dispute

The Toulouse Burlesque Festival, produced by Florence Boué, and Stephane Lafage of Le Kalinka, has a cast crisis on its hands after a dispute over a blackface burlesque act. Eight performers have walked out in protest at the inclusion of the act.   [caption id="attachment_27831" align="aligncenter" width="809"] Eight...

Sukki Singapora by Coco Haus Photography

Sukki Singapora: The Dark Side of Burlesque

Burlesque has a dark side, and it isn’t all about empowering our peers, but it could be. On the surface, the enticing lights illuminate Burlesque as if it were the perfect industry. Women supporting other women. Men supporting other men. Body positivity, and the joy of...

7 Ways to Compliment Burlesque Performers

If you're a burlesque dancer, Lort knows you've encountered all sorts of feedback on your acts/self as a performer. From the gushing super fans, the 'but-what-do-your-parents-thinkers', to the compli-sulters (my word for when someone tries to compliment you but ends up insulting you - 'You're so...

Kitten 'N' Lou with Perle Noire and Mr Gorgeous at the Vienna Boylesque Festival 2016. C. Imperial Madness

Kitten ‘N’ Lou’s End of Year Address

Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, adored collectively as Kitten 'N' Lou, were voted No. 1 in the Burlesque TOP 50 2015. With the 2016 poll results soon to be published, the terrific twosome penned an Ode to 2016 for your reading pleasure.   [caption id="attachment_27576" align="aligncenter"...

Janet Fischietto (not part of the act in question) posing with German performer Mele Kapunkt, who performed a duet with fellow performer Stormy Heather. (Blackface in Burlesque. Again. 21st Century Burlesque Magazine)

Blackface in Burlesque. Again.

Sadie Sinner and Coco Deville report on a disturbing burlesque act involving blackface which came to light on social media today. Not the first. We hope it's the last. Ed. Sadie Sinner At approximately 2pm today, a burlesquer dropped a little box, similar to Pandora’s, in a Facebook...

Mary Cyn Headshot (Burke Heffner)

Burlesque Performer: You Are Not A Sex Worker

Introducing a guest post from Mary Cyn. Feel free to share your view on this topic in the comments section below. Years ago, my former boss went to a burlesque show. He ended up talking to the host of the show later that night. The host...

Burlesquers: Give Them a Reason to Keep Coming Back

By now, most of us have seen a certain article that recently resurfaced--one titled “The Shittiest Burlesque I’ve Ever Seen”. I want to believe that the former article gets shared, not to purposely box out new performers, but as a way to vent mutual frustrations....