The Sparkling Stage: Rethinking Space and Spectorship in Burlesque

2:30PM TO 4PM
SUNDAY 13 JUNE 2021
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).

Archive to Applause: Dancing with the Ghosts of Burlesque

12:30PM TO 2PM
Sunday 13 June 2021
Flazéda, Unit 4, 68 Emu Bank Canberra, ACT, Australia 2617

About the workshop

Burlesque is a historical art & we represent a rich, queer theatrical legacy. Dig into the archives to evoke historical ghosts, channel feminist flappers and follies, sling off the sheen of celluloid dreams & grind with the gritty ghost gals of downtown dime house Burly Q clubs. From fragments of faded feathers and smirking sepia strips, we can consciously create contemporary pas de deux with the legends, who have laid in mothball trunks of yore. But how do we bring our modern insights, ingenuity, influence and innovation in line with honouring the visions of our originators and understand how to perform what WAS sexy 50-100 years ago? Bring their legacies to life to continue our fanciful stripping genealogy in this 90-minute workshop with Burlesque Historian Alyssa Kitt!

You will learn how to embody the legends, tease out their choreography & develop a historically accurate repertoire of movement patterns that dance in duet with the archive. Create homage and tribute acts from archival research, and bring the sparkling strippers of the Golden Age to contemporary imagination across aspects of choreography, costume, gesture and expression that intermingles with feminist interventions into the archive.

BRING

An open mind and heart, your fine self, your performance shoes, notebook & one item of historical inspiration – be it a glove, panel skirt, favourite photograph or video clip that you’re working on developing into a new or existing routine. (I will have some of my own VERY special collections of items on display too).

Suitable for

Beginners or professionals – whoever you are in whatever body you beautifully possess – this class is open to any expression of gender identity.

Fee

90-minute workshop – $60/ student. ($50 to Alyssa).

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).

The Sensual Study of Burlesque: How to research for you act!

10:30am to 12pm
Sunday 13 June 2021
Flazéda, Unit 4, 68 Emu Bank Canberra, ACT, Australia 2617

About the workshop

Open to all, but geared specifically towards performers.

​Have you been struggling with where to start on the history of burlesque? Want to understand the stories of our stripping foremothers more? Let Dollar Dazzler guide you through our stories and how to bring YOUR interpretation to the stage!

This 90 min workshop will give you the tools and tips to help develop both tantalising traditional and eye-popping Neo-Burlesque acts! This workshop also includes time to ask those questions that you sometimes have been too scared to ask about creating acts based in history, so bring your ideas and your questions and let’s get learning!

About Dollar Dazzler

PERTH’S PREMIER NERDLESQUE PERFORMER

Performing in Perth her unique brand of burlesque since 2012, Dollar Dazzler is an entertainer that specializes in Pop Culture Character acts, and historical interpretations of Burlesque.


Dollar has toured Australia and The United States & Canada, produced Perth’s original Nerdlesque revue “Live! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!”, and is a Burlesque history enthusiast working on preserving Australia’s Striptease and Neo-Burlesque History in conjunction with the Australia Burlesque Museum and her own academic studies.

Australian Burlesque Museum: Exhibit at Flazèda!


Saturday 12 June 2021
2:30pm to 11pm
Flazéda, Unit 4, 68 Emu Bank Canberra, ACT, Australia 2617

We are having a celebration of all things Australian Burlesque HISTORY with our upcoming Exhibition in Canberra next Saturday 12th JUNE!

We are honoured to be joined for performances and chats with two Icons of the 1980s and 1990s Mia Mortal and representing @wendy dis and the work of Shock-Art burlesque troupe The Butchered Babies! The Statuesque Showgirl, Marilyn Monroe and OG fetish queen Sharyne Jewell.

Our Director Miss Alyssa Kitt will be giving a very special presentation on Gurlesque and preserving the work of visionary underground Sex Clowns Glitta Supernova Experience and Sex Intents, with original artwork by @megan Oliver will be on display.

We are also welcoming an incredible acquisition from Icon Lola The Vamp – Australia’s Burlesque Icon with her Firebird costume and featuring a fabulous costume from stripping extraordinaire Chiquita the Fire Eater, as well as original costume pieces from Mia, Sharyne and Glitta! History is coming in hot!!! Can’t wait to see you Canberra!!!