Many believe burlesque to be synonymous with exotic dancing or stripping; however, the art of burlesque is quite different than presumed. While there may be overlapping definitions, burlesque is actually theatrical entertainment, a parody or comedic performance, which features comic skits and choreographed stripteases. These performances mock ordinary material by making it vulgar for the sake of slapstick entertainment. These performers “tease” the audience by slowly undressing, building up anticipation for the final reveal. It is not about sheer nudity, but rather the suggestive act of undressing and celebrating the plurality of the female form.
Last night, Saturday July 13, marked the third night of the Colorado Burlesque Festival. Saturday’s performance took place at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver. The performance, hosted by Naughty Pierre, features some of the best burlesque in the world and featured the festival headliners, Ophelia Flame, The Stage Door Johnnies, Gravity Plays Favorites, Foxy Tann, and Fannie Spankings along with many more acts from the United States and even Italy.
The house for the Saturday Night Spectacular was packed with die-hard burlesque fans and curious newcomers. Dancers from past nights came to view these world-class performances and talk to their fans as well. Naughty Pierre, the part-owner of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, provided comedic interludes and information about each act throughout the entire performance. Every tease was unique with intricate costumes, hand picked music to accompany their tease, and a stage presence that was all their own. The suspense remained at an all time high for each act, keeping the diverse crowd satisfied.
I must say, the Colorado Burlesque Festival is a unique “must see!”