Gregarious Expressions

by Alicia Grega



Billtown Burlesque troupe comes to Synergy Friday


“This is a young group, and like most people their age, they are a hyper-connected crowd. This hyper-connectivity isnt just online either – their ties to the community have let them pull together both the resources and the fans they need to put together several impressive shows.”

via Billtown Burlesque troupe comes to Synergy Friday – | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Williamsport-Sun Gazette.

reading: An Awful Lot Of Vaudeville | Beat Magazine


An Awful lot of Vaudeville is not a tacky reproduction of a bygone era. Instead, it is a contemporary tribute to what was – and in many ways remains – an avant-garde period of pushing boundaries and crossing lines. Mojo Jujus romantic attachment to the dark, underground world of sleazy jazz clubs and flapper girls enables her to capture the essence of the 1920s while evolving the art form to fit the 21st century.

via An Awful Lot Of Vaudeville | Beat Magazine.

Jim Thorpe Burlesque presents Boolesque, Oct. 2010

The second annual Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival kicks off tonight with a Gala Fundraiser at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Here’s what we saw back in October.

GiGi La Femme, Burlesque Dancer: Gothamist



What’s the most important talent to have as a burlesque dancer? Just look like you’re having fun. You don’t want to have to try so hard to convince the audience “oh, I love what I do.” You honestly want to be loving what you’re doing. Eye contact and facial expressions, that really helps. Tell a story, in addition to your body movement on stage. But I don’t think you need to have one talent, like being an actor or an aerialist, to justify being on stage. You can be, and bring those elements to your performance and I’m sure it would add to it, but you don’t have to have any training at all. I didn’t take any classes, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

via GiGi La Femme, Burlesque Dancer: Gothamist.

The Escapist : News : British Burlesque Dancer Likes Her Wii

I think working mothers of all walks of life can relate to this. The fact that she dances Burlesque just ups the importance of her staying fit, but we all need help finding time in the day to exercise and making it fun as well as practical.

I especially like how this commercial normalizes burlesque dancing.  The delination is clear — this commercial never would have been made about a  “gentlemen’s club” stripper.  

source: The Escapist : News : British Burlesque Dancer Likes Her Wii.

Quickie review re: Burlesque

OK, so I saw THE movie last night.
Overall, I have to say that it didn’t take itself too seriously and that was its saving grace. Think over-the-top charm a la Valley of the Dolls.
And nice surprise– Augilera was not the worst part of the film. There’s one really annoying moment after she opens her mouth and shocks everyone with the power of those mutant lungs (the film’s words) that the actors sound like they’re breaking character to ask the real life Christina how she can sing like that but, we in the audience were all just wondering the same thing, so …

So what was the worst thing? Hands down — the script. One predictable cliche after the next. We laughed out loud when we probably weren’t supposed to. And the most complex and potentially intriguing characters — real estate tycoon Marcus (remember cutie patootey Jason Dean on Charmed!) and Kristen Bell’s Nikki were left unexplored — their purpose seemed to be as a bouncing board for our heroes Tess (Cher) and Ali (Augilera).

The best part– eye candy. Most of the style was blatantly ripped off from Cabaret, Chicago, etc. But the set was GORGEOUS! I WANT THAT THEATER!!! The makeup was beautiful. The costumes were beautiful. The lighting was ridiculous. Every other scene was bathed in impossibly golden early morning light streaming through the windows. Cam Gigandet is impossibly chiseled in his jeans with the button thoughtfully left open.
Stanley Tucci was the heart of the movie. The most touching moment evolves out of his one-night stand with a wedding DJ. My favorite moment, however, has to be the parking lot fight between Tess and Nikki. It’s so good, I won’t dare to ruin the suprise. But it’s sooooo over-the-top, a live camp theatrical reinactments is a must. At this point in the drinking game, everyone chugs.

Alan Cumming was sadly underutilized. I’m afraid they offered him a nice chunk of change to add an air of legitimacy to the flick. The most authentically burlesque number in show was a great Cabaret-inspired dance bit featuring him and two female dancers that got shoved into the background of one scene.
While largely fauxlesque as anticipated, there was one fan dance-ish number in which Christina actually did strip although we saw nothing. Not sure why there couldn’t have been more of that — maybe because it would have been unavoidable to show twirling pasties, etc. at that point? What kind of a rating would that have gotten?! There’s a scene which should have been cut but must be part of Cher’s contract in which she rehearses “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” in its painful entirety after hours. We politely sit through it out of respect for the icon wondering, “wouldn’t it be ironic if this is the last we see of her?”
During the long awaited for and bizarrely unsexy love scene, Christina likewise performs a painfully long ballad in a sheath of green satin that shows off her disturbing alienesque lack of hips.

In the end, we had fun. Shameful as it may be, I will likely be buying this movie and screening it as the decadent background for a mindless evening of general debauchery and drinking game shenanigans.


Why Doesn’t Houston Have a Burlesque Troupe? – Houston News – Hair Balls

Nice to know we’re not alone here in The Electric City a.k.a Scranton, Pa.

Apparently Houston is likewise sans burlesque as explored in this article published yesterday, largely in response to the release of the major motion picture.

Why Doesn’t Houston Have a Burlesque Troupe? – Houston News – Hair Balls.

I found Lady Grace Academy headmistress Rebecca Hadley’s own personal empowerment story especially intriguing. She explains:

“I know for me, personally, performing and teaching burlesque was a revelation. About seven or eight years ago, I was agoraphobic – I didn’t drive for two years and rarely left my house. So the fact that I am now able to dance in pasties in front of an audience of 300-plus people borders on miraculous. Even better, is that I’m able to stand in front of a room full of women and teach them to love their bodies – no matter what shape, size or age they are. While I love performing, teaching is the ultimate high. And I never would have had the courage to do it, if I hadn’t discovered burlesque. So, long answer short – yes, burlesque is empowering.”



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