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CalArts Alumna, May-Har Li, stars in contemporary Burlesque show

November 8, 2013
Hampton Roads

By Teresa Talerico

SuicideGirls bring back Burlesque for a new generation

American burlesque has always been a little edgy, mixing performance art with the allure of sensuality. It’s also been a reflection of the times. In its heyday, when the genre’s striptease artists were classically glamorous and perfectly coiffed, performers conformed to stereotypical beauty standards of the 1930s and ’40s. Think Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr or even today’s reigning queen of neo-burlesque, Dita Von Teese, who wears nostalgic corsets or lingerie that look like re-creations of the past.

But while the resurgence of burlesque over the past couple of decades has borrowed heavily from the art form’s history, there’s also a segment of today’s burlesque artists who simply reflect the aesthetics of now.

They show off tattoos, piercings, radical hairstyles and outrageous acts that push the envelope of modern burlesque. Read more.

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