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),

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Superstar Sunday + Tournée Screening

Nadine DuBois and Naughty Pierre host, as neo-burlesque’s brightest stars, including past titleholders and our 2011 honorees “for excellence in the promotion and perpetuation of Burlesque,” round out an unforgettable weekend of flesh & film with live performances and a special, cast-hosted screening of Matthieu Almaric’s award-winning comedy, Tournée (Best

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In Memory of Eddie Dane

Last Thursday, Eddie Dane — producer, comedian, MC, pioneer, son, and friend — died at the age of 42. For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to articulate my thoughts on his passing; something a little more eloquent than “man, this fucking sucks.” But, seriously? This totally fucking sucks.

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Featured Blog: Burlesque Innovation Guild

The brainchild of veteran performer Trixie Little–known to many as the “human half” of the award-winning acrobatic burlesque superduo, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey—The Burlesque Innovation Guild (BIG) honors pioneering artists in neo-burlesque with awards and articles that highlight particularly innovative, surprising, clever, ambitious and ridiculous evolutions in

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Pretty Things to Be Released in Paperback!

Full disclosure: My publisher, HarperCollins, is also Liz Goldwyn‘s publisher, as well as Dita Von Teese’s. HarperCollins KNOWS burlesque! But I bought Liz’s book before I ever had a book contract, and it is spectacular. It is one of the most amazing books you’ll find on the subject of mid-20th

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