Burlesque

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Sexual Consent Santa is coming to town! Taylor Mac’s drag queen Christmas
With a Virgin Mary strip show, lessons in how to sit on Santa’s lap and a carol about drugs, this festive extravaganza is about as alternative as Christmas can get. Is Britain ready for the New York legend’s show?

Alex Needham

07, Dec, 2021 @3:39 PM

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Dita Von Teese: ‘Even when I was a bondage model, I had big-time boundaries’
As the star dives into a giant glass of fizz for her first online extravaganza, she talks about this new golden age for burlesque, why the French Strictly gives her costume problems – and how #MeToo has changed her

Lyndsey Winship

29, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The Fratellis: how we made Chelsea Dagger
‘My girlfriend was a burlesque dancer who used the name Chelsea Dagger. It was a play on Britney Spears’

Interviews by Henry Yates

29, Mar, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Virtual New Year's Eve: how to party like it’s 2021 from the comfort of your front room
‘Moon’ raves, gourmet dinners and online erotica are some of the ways to spice up that stay-at-home evening

Ellie Violet Bramley

31, Dec, 2020 @11:24 AM

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Natives Go Wild review – First Nations circus is a potent mix of defiance and triumph
Indigenous people were kidnapped and forced to appear in PT Barnum’s ‘greatest show on earth’. This variety show reclaims their stories with wit and bite

Larissa Behrendt

23, Oct, 2019 @12:39 AM

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Dita Von Teese: ‘Staying pale takes some effort in LA’
The burlesque dancer, 45, on divorcing Marilyn Manson, collecting lingerie and why she’s actually quite low-maintenance

Craig McLean

31, Mar, 2018 @1:00 PM

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The Empire Strips Back: how a Star Wars parody took the burlesque world by storm
Luke Skywalker twerks to Nicki Minaj. A dominatrix Darth Vader struts her stuff. Film fans are packing out performances of a show that combines cosplay with comedy

Cassie Tongue

23, Feb, 2018 @9:19 PM

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Sébastien Tellier and Dita Von Teese: 'Everything we do is glamour'
He’s the Frenchest man since Gainsbourg, she’s the world’s premier burlesque star. Together, Sebastian Tellier and Dita Von Teese have made an unlikely electronic pop collaboration worthy of Serge himself

Alexis Petridis

16, Feb, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Meow Meow's Little Mermaid review – cabaret star's sly, sequinned sendup
The Australian diva’s enjoyable tongue-in-cheek evening uses blow-up dolls and double entendres to deliciously subvert the fairytale of enduring love

Lyn Gardner

10, Aug, 2017 @5:01 PM

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As Facebook blocks the names of trans users and drag queens, this burlesque performer is fighting back
Dottie Lux has been called ‘the real names crusader’ for helping fight back against a Facebook policy that queer users say is discriminatory

Sam Levin in San Francisco

29, Jun, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Jenevieve Chang: the freedom and ironies of dancing burlesque in China
When the Chinese-Australian dancer moved to Shanghai to rediscover her roots, she instead found a city desperate to shed its past and embrace anything foreign

Donna Lu

15, May, 2017 @9:21 PM

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Escape into La Soirée: the show to dispel the gloom of 2016
There’s a renewed interest in the lost age of music hall and this West End wonder, which keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, continues to be a class act

Lyn Gardner

14, Dec, 2016 @6:15 PM

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