Sunday 8 December 2019

Tassles, tease and titillation - the art of sexy burlesque

Stars: Bella A Go Go and Azaria Starfire. Photo: Tony Gavin
Stars: Bella A Go Go and Azaria Starfire. Photo: Tony Gavin

Allison Bray

It's all about the tease and all about the tassle.

And for the last three nights at the Dublin Burlesque Festival, audiences have been titillated by the sometimes bawdy, always funny and often downright sexy stage acts.

It's the fourth festival and, according to organiser Diane Dignam, known on the circuit as "Dominque Divine" burlesque has undergone a renaissance in the capital.

Ms Dignam, who is a management consultant by day and burlesque queen by night, said Ireland is "getting sexier" and more relaxed.

The 600-plus audience at this weekend's festival taking place at The Sugar Club and other city-centre venues was evenly split between men and women, both gay and straight, couples and singles.

"Although no one gets naked in any of the performances, there is always the 'reveal' at the end in which performers, both male and female, strip down to their smalls following a de-robing process that typically takes between three and six minutes," she said.

The "stories" range from the flirtatious to those that are funny, bizarre and macabre.

Friday night featured veteran UK performer and comedian Titsalina Bumsquash.

Sunday Independent

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