It’s all about the costume and the slow tease
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 (4:38 p.m.)
Photo: Leila Navidi
Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, Orleans Showroom | May 31, 2012 | 8:42 p.m.
Shooting a Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend showcase is a game of endurance. My favorite event, the Movers, Shakers & Innovators Showcase, started off the weekend last Thursday night at the Orleans Showroom. In order to get good photographs, you have to basically kneel at the stage the whole time, staying below the paying audience’s line of sight yet high enough to shoot the action.
The show lasted almost four hours, and the acts included a Hunter S. Thompson (who got dressed up instead of taking clothing off), a stripping cupcake, a stripping fireman and a stripping rendition of a scene from the movie The Birds. Some acts incorporated classic tease with a twist.
Fiery redhead Melody Mangler of Vancouver, Canada, was all about the costume and the slow tease. She came out wearing a gigantic rose-embroidered skirt and top, and ended her act posing on top of her discarded skirt with not much left on her body. To have a front row view of such creative performances is quite amazing—and well worth the bruised knees.