Amanda Lynne and Vincent Mann talk burlesque with Our Ventura host, Frank James Malle.
Amanda Lynne is a model, actress, dancer and burlesque performer.
Vincent Mann is a playwrite and performer as well as the host and lead comic for Amanda’s show, Cabaretro Burlesque. He also is the writer, director and performer of a one-man show which will make you laugh and cry.
Amanda and Vincent discuss how performers don’t have to take off their clothes as part of the burlesque art, but unfortunately, burlesque has been appropriated by some people who wish to add class to a strip show, which has resulted in burlesque, itself, taking on an undeserved reputation.
Amanda notes that the idea of burlesque is actually about the tease and the thrill, as well as seeing the sparkles, the feathers, the glitz and the glamour. Burlesque includes the art of dancing, as well as comedy. Comedic burlesque integrates parody and intelligence.
They talk about the history and evolution of American burlesque.
Frank asks Amanda how she uses burlesque as a way to raise awareness for diabetes and to promote healthy living.
Director: Petrina Sharp
3 thoughts on “A Short History of Burlesque”
Neo-Burlesque (or “New Burlesque”) is the revival and updating of the traditional burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art,the new form encompasses a wider range of performance styles.
Burlesque Hall of Fame
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the name of the burlesque museum located on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Formerly known as Exotic World, the museum historically was located on the site of an abandoned goat farm in Helendale, California.
I think Gypsy Rose Lee, Ann Corio, and Lili St Cyr might be somewhat surprised to hear that Burlesque isn’t about taking one’s clothes off, considering they were the biggest names in Burlesque in the 1940’s and 1950’s and regularly did so as a part of their acts.
Burlesque WASN’T about stripping in the 1890’s (so apparently this performer is only about 120 years out of date) but it has always been about bawdy humor.
Having met numerous of the Legends of Burlesque, I don’t recall any of them saying even once it wasn’t about the stripping.