Terret, Liselle and Crabb, Jamie (2007) Feminist Neo-Burlesque. In: Feminist Neo-Burlesque, 26th October 2007, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. (Unpublished)
|Creators:||Terret, Liselle and Crabb, Jamie|
The Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre in association with the International Workshop Festival hosted a critical exploration and performance presentation of Feminist Neo-Burlesque on Friday 26th October 2007.
Historically burlesque has been associated with vaudeville, popular theatre, parody and satire. It has been used to make social and political comment on society by women writing and performing their own material since the late 19th Century. It also often challenges gender norms and has been used by women to reclaim a degree of ownership over the representation of their own bodies on stage.
However, burlesque also raises some troubling issues for feminists: is it not part of the new raunch culture described by Ariel Levy where women have become the very instigators of their own oppression? Are women now willing to strip and be objectified of their own accord, and does the commercialisation of this form mean that women are to be sexually objectified and exploited even further?
The day began with a panel of academics; producers and performers of neo-burlesque presenting papers and giving presentations that addressed some of these points above among others, as well as addressing some of the questions below;
Is the resurgence of burlesque a continuation of the exploitation of women’s bodies or is it potentially part of a new feminism?
Is this performance genre, originally used as a performative platform for women to comment on social and political issues, being reclaimed in the contemporary moment?
Can neo-burlesque be mobilised as a critical space of queer performativity, exploring male and trans burlesque?
This was the first occasion that a formal academic and critical debate has been held in the UK about this topic and resulted in a provocative debate with an audience of over one-hundred people (consisting of academics, performers, choreographers, producers of burlesque, students and many more), which was then followed by an evening of performances that challenged current perceptions of both Neo and traditional Burlesque. The event also included a display of several current artist’s work – both photographic and sculpture. Examples of these as well as examples of the performances can be viewed on this website.
This report records just some of the provocations and discussions that took place during this unique event with the hope that it will go some way to both spark and add to the developing critical understanding of the multiple forms of Neo Burlesque performance.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Date:||26 October 2007|
|Event Location:||The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||18 Jul 2012 10:27|
|Last Modified:||19 Apr 2016 10:45|
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