5. Burlesque 3.19 - Three part structure-group performance...

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Burlesque (u ) F. Early (American) Burlesque 1. Roughly same era as minstrelsy 2. Popular culture 3. Comedy / satire 4. Common themes Making fun of “high culture” texts Propping up the lower/working class at the expense of the powerful/wealthy Sex (lots of double entendres and naughty puns) 1. British invasion Similar stuff - but with women, wearing tights, playing men Lydia Thompson and her British Blondes -Ixion -Spring, 1868 -Comedy, Singing, Dancing -Costumes – no “worse” than ballet 2. Reaction Critics freak out The Public shows up 3. Form becomes mix of comedy & girl-watching (spectacle)
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Unformatted text preview: Three part structure:-group performance, formal dress, songs and comedy-variety show-one act musical burlesque. Girls in less clothing-“ Wheels ” whole company would travel together. Show is more cohesive. Considered a big step down for vaudevillians. Vaudevillians would perform under assumed names. 4. Eventually – just about the girls 1920’s – wheels closing down Moves to Stripping Male audiences keep it going, but moral outrage picks back up....
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