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Performance Archetypes: The Half-and-Half

While I’ve yet to find conclusive proof of its origin, the Half-and-Half—in which a solo performer utilizes clever, vertically divided costuming and skillful choreography to create the illusion of a duet—has long been a staple of classic burlesque performance. Most commonly associated with dichotomous male/female numbers (like Zorita’s racy “Bride & Groom,” top), countless interpretations of the theme exist, including a wide variety of abstractions on Beauty and the Beast, from the ridiculous to the sublime: Devil/Angel,  Lion/Tamer, Savage/Virgin, etc. More on the history of the Half-and-Half, courtesy of Frank Cullen’s Vaudeville Old and New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers, Vol. 1:  “Almost always a dance act, in a half-and-half act, a solo performer was cos...

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Tiffany Carter

Miss Nude Universe 1975, Tiffany Carter began her Burlesque career at the infamous Pink Pussycat in Hollywood, California. An active, in-demand entertainer with Sparky Blaine’s American Showgirl agency, Tiffany toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

Throughout her 20+ years in Burlesque, she has been a muse to MIT-trained engineer-turned-Burlesque costumer Bobby Gersten and performed alongside such legendary performers as Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr, Satan’s Angel, Kitten Natividad, Tura Satana, Delilah Jones, Shannon Doah, Akiko O’Toole, Machine Gun Kelly, Crystal Blue, Lovey Goldmine, and Teri Starr.

Catch Tiffany Carter in action LIVE  at the 54TH ANNUAL BURLESQUE REUNION SHOWCASE Friday, June 3 at the Orleans Showroom. Tickets on sale now!

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Ann Corio

Ann Corio was born in Hartford, CT in 1909. At fifteen, she began secretly performing in burlesque as a chorus girl. Her Catholic mother resisted at first, but after seeing Corio perform she consented, “Just so they look-a, but no touch!” By 1936 Corio was a star in the Minsky theaters in New York City, drawing a star salary during the depression. At the time, there were distinct lines of business for dancers: the chorus and featured strippers and teasers, strippers undressed down to a g-string and pasties, but the teaser “She is always about to undress, but she never completely fulfills the promise of her eyes and hips,” wrote David Dressler in a 1937 study of New York Burlesque. Like her contemporary Gypsy Rose Lee, Corio was a teaser. Corio claimed never to have done the bump and grind...

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Celebrating Gypsy Rose Lee, 1911-2011

“I wanted to point out how you are different from all the other strippers I have ever seen. Seeing them is something like getting a peep at a girl on a picnic. Perfectly ordinary experience. But to feel that you are seeing a princess take off her pants: That’s something else again.”
Critic Carl Van Doren to Gypsy Rose Lee

America in the Roaring Twenties: Money flowed fast and free. Speakeasies beckoned beyond dimly lit doorways. Vaudeville was king. Talking pictures were only a distant flicker. But then, almost overnight, the Great Depression leveled everything. When the dust settled, Americans were primed for a star who could distract them from the grim new reality and excite them in different, unexpected ways. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite “ecdysiast” who po...

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All the News That’s Fit to Strip, 11.02.10

The men of Australia are proving that burlesque is not strictly for females. Briefs is a new take on the classic burlesque show.
Read about the inspiration behind the costumes of Burlesque and star Christina Aguilera‘s style evolution.

A documentary featuring Ann Corio, a classic in Striptease, will be featured at the Hartford International Film Festival.

–Maryam, The Candy Pitch, 11.02.10

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