Burlesque Symposium held by La Trobe

Burlesque Symposium held by La Trobe

02 Feb 2010

La Trobe University is to present a symposium celebrating and exploring the revival of Burlesque and its evolution in Australia on Friday 12 of February.  

Red FansThe past decade has seen the re-emergence of the burlesque genre in mainstream media internationally and in the nightclub scene locally. The symposium seeks to uncover the driving forces behind this revival and the motivation behind burlesque’s renaissance by asking what relevance does a constructed image of femininity from 1950’s have for the women on stage today?




Friday 12 February
9.30am – 5.00pm
Studio 1, ACMI, Fed Square


Registrations: camartin@students.latrobe.edu.au

Amanda Morris
E: amanda.morris@latrobe.edu.au

The program will include academic presentations from:

Dr Peta Tait - La Trobe University ‘The historical phenomenon of female performers in military attire in circus & burlesque’

Dr Jonathan Bollen - Flinders University, ‘The impact television had on risqué entertainment in 1960s Australia.’

Dr Anne Pender - University of New England, presentation called ‘Dame Edna's Empire of Burlesque’.

The symposium will also feature burlesque performers L’amour, Lola the Vamp, Sarah Lea Cheesecake, Kelly Ann Doll & Willow J; past performers from the Tivoli including dancer & actor Robyn Collins and historian Frank Van Straten OAM author of Tivoli (2003). Judith Lanigan, performer and author of A True History of The Hula Hoop (2009) and industry representatives from the Burlesque Ball, the Melbourne Burlesque Festival and Melbourne Bottoms Up Burlesque school.

Archival footage, live performance, and new film from photographer and filmmaker Leila Koren will also be featured.


Media contact:
James Ayers
Media and Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 1187
E: J.Ayers@latrobe.edu.au




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