The Sparkling Stage: Rethinking Space and Spectorship in Burlesque

2:30PM TO 4PM
Flazéda, Unit 4, 68 Emu Bank Canberra, ACT, Australia 2617

Workshop Details

Space. Endless emptiness or endless possibility? The stage – four corners, a platform between you and the audience. How do we use it effectively, how do we harness the energy within, between and abounding beyond? Why simply “use” space, when we can morph spatial barriers into fluid fantasy.

Have you read that you need to “use the space” of the stage, and automatically assumed this means you need to run across every inch of the stage, move around constantly? You’re not alone!

In this unique workshop, Alyssa turns theories on the architecture of stage space into practice, breaking apart notions of what it means for the burlesque artist to inhabit the performance space.

In this 60/90-minute workshop, world burlesque heavyweight and theatre PhD candidate Alyssa Kitt combines performance theory with passionate, unconventional techniques to teach you how to defy the rules of theatre, build and shatter illusions, and create lasting memories for your audience, ultimately creating a space for dialogue and exchange.

Join Alyssa for one of her last Australian workshops before she heads to the United States to complete her Doctoral studies at City University New York.

About Alyssa

Fierce. Formidable. The Feminist Fatale. Miss Alyssa Kitt is the golden hair dream made of curves and cream. A purveyor of The Naked Arts and powerhouse of burlesque. World-renowned erotic performance artist known for her raw and powerfully athletic choreography, cascading strawberry blonde locks, brain-melting decadence and scintillatingly sinful tease. With more than a few accolades under her pasties, Miss Kitt has been a hugely influential figure on the world burlesque landscape since 2008. Alyssa has twice been selected to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Exotic World, Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. She is an artistic and intellectual chameleon, currently undertaking her doctorate at City University New York in Theatre and Performance Studies. A hybrid academic, theorist and practitioner, Alyssa fuses her 13 years embodied stage knowledge and teaching experience.

As the Director of the Australian Burlesque Museum, she has curated touring exhibitions that celebrate Australia’s unique stripping history. A burgeoning queer theorist, feminist historian, writer and journalist – she publishes regularly on the public presentation of the body, burlesque, BDSM, sexuality and identity politics. Her research focuses on queer theory and feminist interventions in the archive. She is currently undertaking research on Sydney’s erotic performance art history from the 1970s-2000s, Mapping Australia’s neo-burlesque revival, and the strip-art activism of Gurlesque.

She is the Associate Producer of Miss Burlesque Australia, writer of the Miss Burlesque Australia rulebook, a seasoned competition judge, and bonafide veteran of the competition. Over her 10 years with MBA, she has won a swag of tiaras and titles including Miss Burlesque Australia first runner up in 2014, Miss Classic MBA (2012, 2014) and is the only two-time winner of Miss Burlesque Queensland (2014, 2012).