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Celebrate the Day of the Dead with Burlesque at Cafe Nine, Oct. 26
The stage has been used as a platform, both literally and figuratively, to poke fun, enlighten and challenge contemporary norms for thousands of years. From Ancient Greek theatre to modern stand-up comedy, somebody somewhere has always been trying to make a point, to make the audience think, to challenge someone’s incorrect perceptions. The artform of burlesque started out as a way to parody something, like a caricature, by way of lewd jokes and musical entertainment. Over time, the American version evolved away from vaudevillian sideshow to a tantalizing and alluring form of performance art. It’s alluring because the female performers strip off their clothes on a stage. It’s tantalizing because unlike stripping and pole dancing, the purpose of the performance is not the objectification of the performer.
By Alison Geisler
October 23, 2013