Australian Burlesque Museum to hold an exhibition in Canberra to celebrate incorporation.
The Australian Burlesque Museum is a not-for-profit organisation run by a team of volunteers. We are dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of artefacts and ephemera relating to burlesque performance art and stripping throughout Australian history.
To celebrate the incorporation and centralisation of the museum in Australia’s capital, Canberra, the museum will be inviting the general public to a weekend of exhibitions and learning on the 12th-13th June 2021. Included will be multiple performances by the directors and board members of the museum as well as Australia’s Burlesque Legend, Elizabeth Burton, a 71 year old dancer and icon, who paved the way for modern day burlesque in Australia.
The exhibition and collection now also includes work from Neo-Burlesque pioneers Gurlesque. Gurlesque were strip-art-activists who ushered in a new wave of radical feminist political theatre that pushed against the conservative heteronormative Australian grain, the boundaries of sex positive radicalism and challenged notions of female sex, desire, and sexuality. With shows running for 11 years, they laid the bedrock of the neo-burlesque revival in Australia and represent a lineage of erotic cabaret and sexual performance art.
Also included are donations from Neo-Burlesque icons such as Finucane & Smith, Sideshow Theatre Company, Mia Mortal, Sharyne Jewell & Lola the Vamp.
The exhibition and events will be held at Flazèda hub, with #JazidaProductions facilitating the exhibitions and workshops. Workshops include Director Alyssa Kitt’s “From archive to applause” workshop, board member Dollar Dazzler’s “The Sensual Study of Burlesque: How to research for your act!”.
Alyssa will also be presenting her evolving research on the Sydney strips/ mapping Australia’s Neo-Burlesque revival as part of her PhD studies for CUNY university in New York.
In line with COVID Safe protocols, there will be limited sized events to view the exhibition, with entry by donation, but pre-booking is required.
For further information and to book tickets to the exhibition on 12th June or any of the workshops, please visit Eventbrite (donation entry).
Exhibition Sessions are 2:00pm, 7:30pm, and 9:30pm.
Sat Jun 12
2:00 pm – 11:30 pm