A Burlesque Invasion of Montreal
So it is only normal that Montreal finally has it's own Burlesque event. Starting tomorrow, Thursday the 17th, and for four days only, our city will witness it's first Burlesque Festival.
For the un-initiated, Burlesque is the art of "humorous theatrical entertainment involving parody and sometimes grotesque exaggeration" (thanks Wikipedia, for turning us all into lazy-all-we-read-believing drones), and whose main ingredient today is the striptease. If you've been at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, well that's what the Moulin Rouge was all about, Burlesque, until it became a living-dead museum.
Unfortunately, Burlesque itself has gone the way of the living-dead, as it went from ruling every saloon and hall of North America, to being cracked-down-on, and finally being reduced today to a specialty event that comes and goes for the time of festivals and competitions.
Still, the continuing existence of this entertainment art is due to the hard work of numerous performers and "ordinary" women (whatever that means, there no ordinary women or men for that matter), who still believe in the potentially sexy and entertainingly-mysterious aspects of striptease and other dance shows.
If you want to plunge head first in the world of leg dancing and dancing pin-ups, the Burlesque Festival is the right place to begin. There are 3 main events: first a free outdoors show Thursday the 17th, held at 2135 MacKay near Concordia and starting at 1PM. Then an All-Stars Burlesque show on Friday at 7:30 PM at the Just For Laughs Museum. Finally, a Burlesque competition on Saturday night at 7:30PM again at the Just For Laughs Museum venue.
For the ladies with enough courage to explore their Burlesque side, the festival will also hold a set of workshops, most on Saturday the 19th. For those with less courage but with lots of interest, our beloved Cinema du Parc will screen on multiple occasions a documentary titled A Wink & A Smile, whose trailer you can enjoy bellow.
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