Different types of Burlesque

Striptease is about making the everyday act of removing clothing into a theatrical event.

– Jo Weldon, author of The Burlesque Handbook.


You all know Burlesque, the original and classic art of Burlesque. But with his constant evolution, there is a revival of the acts proposed, embracing new styles of performances: more moderns, creatives and with its own universe. Light on some of them…


Neo-Burlesque, or New Burlesque, is the revival and updating of the traditional American burlesque performance, through the nineties. Based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance styles. Neo-burlesque acts can range from anything, from classic striptease to modern dance, from theatrical mini-dramas to comedic mayhem. It is also known for its feminist spirit.




Like the burlesque dancer, boylesque dancers construct and perform striptease acts. Like the female burlesque dancer, boylesque dancers present a huge range of aesthetics: clown, fetish, circus, cowboy, vintage burlesque aesthetic, drag, glam rock, Victorian, sci-fi, grotesque, macabre, even Goth.




Combination of Burlesque with geek culture. The nerd-culture spin on burlesque is taking off – especially in Toronto, with events that riff on Game of Thrones, Nintendo and science fiction.


Grotesque or Gore Burlesque

Grotesque Burlesque is about performances that are inspired by the outlandish, the bizarre and the delusional. They stage Halloween-ish or dark vintage circus carnival universes, which can sometimes be also gory and bloody. Picture your sexiest worse zombie nightmare in a romantic manner…


And you, what kind of Burlesque do you perform?

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