Opinion and Debate

Black Burlesque Directory makes all-white lineups and tokenism "inexcusable" says creator (Image: Candace Majors)
Black Burlesque Directory makes all-white lineups and tokenism “inexcusable” says creator

Since 2010, Chicago-based, award-winning burlesque powerhouse Po’Chop has headlined shows across the US, starred in…

Burlesque: The State of Things
Burlesque: The State of Things

When I was asked by the editor of this illustrious publication to write a piece…

Cultural Appropriation in Burlesque: What is Harmful, and Why?

Hello readers. My name is La Viola Vixen, an Australian burlesque performer based in Berlin.…

Josephine Baker Still Gives Life to Burlesque and Pinup Women of Colour

What things her gaze conceals, yet gives acknowledgement to. What horrors, yet what joys. “Josephine Baker”…

Burlesque Festival Cast Quit Over Blackface Dispute

The Toulouse Burlesque Festival, produced by Florence Boué, and Stephane Lafage of Le Kalinka, has a…

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…

7 Ways to Compliment Burlesque Performers

If you’re a burlesque dancer, Lort knows you’ve encountered all sorts of feedback on your…

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.…

Burlesque dancer Grace Gotham, star of the new Dove campaign. (WTL Photos)
Burlesque Dancer Grace Gotham Star of Dove Campaign

Some happy burlesque news this week! New York burlesque dancer Grace Gotham has been chosen…

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…

A NOTE ON PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN BURLESQUE AND CABARET (OR, WHY ATTACKS ON CRITICS ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR ART FORM)
A Note on Professional Conduct in Burlesque and Cabaret (or, why attacks on critics are an embarrassment to our art form)

I realise we’ve already had quite a tempestuous weekend in the burlesque universe, but I…