Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{Burlesque: The Acting Approach}


For those of who you are not an actor, an entertainer, or a burlesque performer (or simply a fan who loves learning about the craft) every once in a while you'll have to pardon me. Two things have come to my attention:

1. Many burlesque performers, like myself, are also stage and film actors in the traditional sense. We can apply that which we learned in theatre classes to our burlesque craft.  I'm beginning a regular post about how the two, acting technique and burlesque technique, can be used to improve one another.

2. When I tell my actor friends that I am a burlesque performer they are either very interested or give me the look that says, "Oh, the poor thing has been reduced to the lower art form." The common thread here is that people forget, burlesque is acting, and that really they know nothing about it.


As burlesque performers we: Develop a character (even if that character is an extension of ourselves.) Create a storyline. Are comedians (often using the rule of three and the like.) Use suspense, tension, and subtext. And are choreographed, costumed, blocked, directed, thoughtful.  We suspend your disbelief. We are experts are improv. We are vulnerable. We tell the truth.

Burlesque is a carefully and beautifully crafted art form. 

 With all of that said, each week I'll be posting a lesson taken from classes, books, interviews, blogs, experiences, etc and exploring how that can be applied to burlesque. Feel free to get analytical, to comment, and to begin a deeper discussion about what we do. And if you are the person who comes to my blog for the pretty stuff, don't worry. I'll still accompany these occasional posts with something nice to look at.  

xo, Jolie Goodnight


2 comments:

  1. I think any person who doesn't respect the art of burlesque should be forced to give it a try...much harder than it looks, and it truly is the ultimate in performance!
    xox alison

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  2. Sadly, I think the majority of people look at burlesque as nothing more than stripping.

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