December 14th, 2012
What’s gorgeous, gaudy, begins with a B and ends in a reveal? Here’s a hint: Cher starred in a movie about it. You got it darlings- BURLESQUE!
Now, before all of you burly-q connoisseurs revoke my feather fans and rhinestones, I’m well aware the performance art featured in the aforementioned film was more Cabaret than Burlesque. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit that it help put a word describing a nearly 400 year old industry dedicated to the admiration of the feminine form back into the mainstream minds.
Burlesque is bourgeoning and beautifully queer! Crimson Kitty, Pandora Foxx, Holly Amory and Crystal Swarovski are just a few big names. In May of 2013 Viva Valezz will produce the first annual National Queer Burlesque Festival—FIERCE— in Columbus, Ohio.
I’ve performed for audiences all over the country. But, as a femme, glitter nerd of color, I truly found my playground right here in America’s backyard with the DC Gurly Show Revue. They’re here, they’re queer, and they are a force to be reckoned with. This is likely why they’ve been featured by a host of local publications, most recently Metro Weekly and The Examiner. It’s also likely why the troupe was asked to partner with Living Social on their “Burlesque and Bourbon”dance instruction series.
Founded in 2005, DCGS doesn’t stop at traditional burlesque. To be *ahem* clear darlings, this ain’t your grandmama’s revue. With a mission built upon community, inclusion, innovation and fun, there’s little limit to what you’ll see at a Gurly Show.
“Expect all kinds of performance, from bio-queen to super classic, to cerebral, to avant-garde. Each Gurly is incredibly creative and will absolutely entertain you,” says Gurly Glam Gamz.
Gurly Anna Steasya has been part of the mainstream DC burlesque community for nearly four years. “The queer burlesque scene in DC is very open and appreciative of all genders, body types, and personalities. The portion that I am familiar with has roots in drag as well.”
Performing with the DC Kings prior to DCGS, Gurly Myster-e describes her roots: “I already belonged to a group that allowed me to explore my masculinity so I thought it would be good to have a platform to explore my feminine side. The Gurlies allowed me to show the world big is beautiful.”
So! What does DCGS say to all of you first, second, and hundredth time audience members? “Enjoy the diversity!” DCGS producer, Private Tails, and bookings manager, Velvet Kensington advise. “Get your one, twenty, fifty, and hundred dollar bills ready because we’re about to blow your mind.”
You can see the Gurlies in all of their glittering glory TONIGHT (November 16th) for PoliTITs, with special hosts, DC local band - Frankie & Betty. The show starts at 9, at Phase 1 Capital Hill. $10. Be there or be rectangular darlings!
*ALSO CITED: TEESE, D. V. (2006). BURLESQUE AND THE ART OF THE TEESE/FETISH AND THE ART OF THE TEESE. NEW YORK, NEW YORK: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS.