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Toulouse Blackface Walkout: European Performers Respond

Last week, eight performers walked out of the Toulouse Burlesque Festival in protest at the inclusion of a burlesque act involving blackface. Click here for full details. In response to the incident, a collective of European burlesque performers, concerned about suggestions that racist and culturally appropriative acts are a common and accepted occurrence in the […]

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.     According to information given to 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, local performer Fafa […]

The Cocoa Butter Club, by Biju Belinky

Sadie Sinner: Cocoa Butter Queen

“The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to The Other.  We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, and whilst our cabaret may not always look the same, please consider how artists draw on their past, present and futures and create work which reflects this.” After […]

Backlash Blues, by Tangerine Jones

Backlash Blues

This past Friday, a sideshow performer named Rush Aaron Hicks made the decision to perform in blackface at New York’s most well-renowned neo-burlesque palace, the Slipper Room. I did not see the act in question, but witnessed Hicks’ inane defense of his choices and participated in an online discussion that contained James Habacker’s initial private […]

Part Three: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part Three: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Here is the final part of the Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour interviews. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit their websites.) The Shanghai Pearl What drew you to burlesque? I was always drawn to old pornographic ephemera, and then, because of that fascination, […]

Part Two: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part Two: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Here is Part Two of the full Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour interviews. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit their websites.) Sydni Deveraux What drew you to burlesque? Why did you start performing? I found burlesque in 2005. I was already a jazz […]

Part One: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part One: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Your response to last week’s special feature, Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour, has been amazing, and you can now read the full interviews with the contributing performers. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit their websites.) Perle Noire What drew you to burlesque? Why […]

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour.

Race and Burlesque: The curious case of the performer of colour, by Chocolat The Extraordinaire. It was around 2003 that I started going to Lady Luck Club, an underground nightclub playing vintage rhythm’n’ blues in a dark basement in central London. It was the first time I’d ever seen burlesque dancers on stage and I […]