The Burlesque Hour: Not Just Tassles and Tease

TheStreet 4 February 2010 41

[First Filed Feb 2, 2010]
Burlesque in red

Working at the Street there are a lot of exciting things going on but this one is SUPER DUPER exciting: the return of Finucane & Smith‘s The Burlesque Hour with a new show, appropriately (though perhaps not very inventingly) titled SHE’S BACK!

It’s a new show with some old favourite acts (like Dairy Queen, which involves A LOT OF MILK – first few rows will get wet) and new guest artistes (Jess Love, for instance, who is the Guinness World Record Holder for hula hooping. I can’t wait to see her in action!).

Burlesque Balloons

The artists are so, so interesting – Yumi Umiumare, for instance, is a butoh dancer and trained as a ballerina before working as a burlesque artist in Tokyo. Azaria Universe is a circus performer. Moira Finucane, the co-creator of the Burlesque Hour, is a mistress of Grand Guignol (a style of theatre characterised by grotesquerie and the macabre. ooh!).  This ain’t undressing in a martini glass. This is ART, people.

Yes, yes, I am a publicist. But I’m also an arts writer and theatre maker, and talking to Moira Finucane about the show, I think I can safely put my money where my mouth is – it’s going to be flipping amazing.

Naomi

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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 12:57 pm 17 Feb 10

Went along last night and had a great time. Very entertaining – if you get a chance get yourself a ticket.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 9:29 am 07 Feb 10

Thumper said :

Hargreaves turned up, allegedly pissed, and according to reports, made a fool of himself………..

So, how was that any different from every other day of his political career?????

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:33 am 07 Feb 10

realityskin said :

CoffeeGeek said :

Seriously, Johnboy, is this the sort of smut/trash RA is about? Frontpage? Featured?

It’s defnitely NSFW. You don’t even have to be a prude to find this offensive.

Being tagged as “Art” and “Entertainment” is ridiculous.

RA was my daily cup of coffee at work, but not while this remains. How many RAers would be comfortable to have your boss or colleague looking over your shoulder with this on the screen?

[Ed. Johnboy is not currently RA’s editor & didnt make the call on this one.]

I’m more politically incorrect than most, but, I agree … I don’t find it suitable for work …

It’s not suitbale for work. And Johnboy’s comment about removing people from the community is kinda out of line also, I thought.

Thumper Thumper 11:19 pm 06 Feb 10

Ah ha..

check this out…

http://the-riotact.com/?p=13390

Thumper Thumper 11:11 pm 06 Feb 10

Hargreaves turned up, allegedly pissed, and according to reports, made a fool of himself on stage, and then proceeded to kill the event by announcing that the government would no longer fund it, instead giving the funding to the folk festival to hold an alternative ‘fringe’ event.

Search RA and you’ll find the original post about it 😉

Rockerchick Rockerchick 10:11 pm 06 Feb 10

Can anyone update me on what the controversy was regarding the burlesque event at the multi-cultural festival last year? I wasn’t in Canberra then!

urchin urchin 5:52 pm 05 Feb 10

CoffeeGeek said :

Could we please remove the picture from the front page of RA? Some may consider this NSFW, or even offensive.

you don’t happen to work for macquarie do you?

remmi2 remmi2 1:49 pm 05 Feb 10

I agree, this looks like a drag show.

PigDog PigDog 11:02 am 05 Feb 10

NSFW? You obviously don’t read the Daily Telegraph website, or any of the news.com.au empire…

jasere jasere 10:41 am 05 Feb 10

Can we please have the picture taken off the front page I keep having to scroll down cause it freaking me out

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 10:08 am 05 Feb 10

sepi said :

Sad that many of those writing rude comments about the performers are actually women too.
It is true that women are their own worst enemies.

yes. because we should know better.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 9:59 am 05 Feb 10

sepi said :

Sad that many of those writing rude comments about the performers are actually women too.
It is true that women are their own worst enemies.

If I sent in an article inviting people to see “The New Adonis, body building and muscleman show”, and it was accompanied by an image of me looking like an anorexic Bez, how do you think the men here would react?

DarkLadyWolfMother DarkLadyWolfMother 9:36 am 05 Feb 10

For what it’s worth, I see this as both ‘Art’ and ‘Entertainment’, but I don’t feel everyone has to agree with me.

As for the NSFW or offensive, I suspect in those same work environments newspapers and magazines would be banned entirely, yes?

realityskin realityskin 8:16 am 05 Feb 10

CoffeeGeek said :

Seriously, Johnboy, is this the sort of smut/trash RA is about? Frontpage? Featured?

It’s defnitely NSFW. You don’t even have to be a prude to find this offensive.

Being tagged as “Art” and “Entertainment” is ridiculous.

RA was my daily cup of coffee at work, but not while this remains. How many RAers would be comfortable to have your boss or colleague looking over your shoulder with this on the screen?

[Ed. Johnboy is not currently RA’s editor & didnt make the call on this one.]

I’m more politically incorrect than most, but, I agree … I don’t find it suitable for work …

Brindabella Brindabella 11:45 pm 04 Feb 10

johnboy said :

CoffeeGeek said :

Could we please remove the picture from the front page of RA? Some may consider this NSFW, or even offensive.

And they are best removed from any community.

+1 to both comments here…

sepi sepi 9:30 pm 04 Feb 10

Sad that many of those writing rude comments about the performers are actually women too.
It is true that women are their own worst enemies.

Buzz2600 Buzz2600 5:10 pm 04 Feb 10

Coffeegeek, open your mind. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

MsCheeky MsCheeky 3:51 pm 04 Feb 10

Well, poke my eye out with a burnt stick! Offensive? We presume, Mr/Ms Geek, that you don’t read the newspaper at work, because goodness, what if there was one of those ads for underwear? Who on earth could you work for that this would be deemed offensive? Are you an assistant to George Pell?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 3:18 pm 04 Feb 10

CoffeeGeek said :

Seriously, Johnboy, is this the sort of smut/trash RA is about? Frontpage? Featured?

It’s defnitely NSFW. You don’t even have to be a prude to find this offensive.

Yes you do. There is nothing on display you wouldn’t see in any newspaper, magazine, advertising hoarding, shop window, on the beach, or in a club.

Being tagged as “Art” and “Entertainment” is ridiculous.

I’d agree with you on art. Even if they aren’t the most pulchritudinous women, and whom of us is, the show may be easily classed as entertainment..

RA was my daily cup of coffee at work, but not while this remains. How many RAers would be comfortable to have your boss or colleague looking over your shoulder with this on the screen?

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Most of us it would seem, time for a poll?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:15 pm 04 Feb 10

CoffeeGeek said :

Seriously, Johnboy, is this the sort of smut/trash RA is about? Frontpage? Featured?

It’s defnitely NSFW. You don’t even have to be a prude to find this offensive.

Being tagged as “Art” and “Entertainment” is ridiculous.

RA was my daily cup of coffee at work, but not while this remains. How many RAers would be comfortable to have your boss or colleague looking over your shoulder with this on the screen?

[Ed. Johnboy is not currently RA’s editor & didnt make the call on this one.]

Smut!?

You are aware that the 1950s took place over 50 years ago, right?

It’s completely safe for work and I fail to see how anyone could find it offensive.

You REALLY need to get out more.

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