CLIENT Personal Project, Ohio University Master's Thesis
TIME FRAME Winter 2004
PRODUCTS Photos, Limited Edition Prints, Written Magazine ArticlePROJECT
Burlesque is back. . . baby! During the 1800's this tongue in cheek variety show pushed social boundaries with witty skits, scantily dressed women and striptease. Burlesque then gained a sleazy reputation and the burlesque houses in New York City and across the country were shut down. This once forbidden performance art has made a comeback. Young women are creating their own style of burlesque using the humorous and seductive song and dance routine but with a modern twist. From the back-alley bars of New York City to Broadway, curtains are opening to crowds who come to be shocked and awed, tempted and teased, by the new stars of burlesque.
I was put to the test my first attempt photographing a burlesque performance at a club in New York City. I was called on stage and made to perform - or at least assist - the hula hoopin