Park City Burlesque - November 11 and 12
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Where else than the Egyptian Theatre can one hope to see a show entitled "Park City Burlesque"?
Park City Burlesque, a Taylor Production, is an evening of sensual and provocative song & dance showcasing the beauty of the female form in a seductive yet classy performance.
An earlier version of Park City Burlesque sold out every performance in April 2011 in the smaller venue, the Egyptian Black Box Theatre. So November 11-12, the ladies of Park City Burlesque will take over the Egyptian's main stage with seating capacity of more than 250 people per show for three shows.
Park City Burlesque is made up of all local singers and dancers, under the choreographic direction of Tanya Taylor and directed by Amber Hansen. The show has a "circus-theme" with some acrobatics, an aerialist, and a fearless Ring-leader, the only man in the show.
The opening number, "Enter the Circus", establishes the mood of the show as a surreal, almost grotesque, underworld of the circus freak and sideshow act. It's seamy, sexy, and secretive.
In the classic style of Burlesque every performer has created a unique character and adopted that alter persona for the show. Each one is then uniquely showcased with her own talent- song, dance, or monologue.The ringleader provides comic relief throughout the show.
Park City Burlesque is inspired by early Burlesque tradition. Burlesque was not strip tease, as may be thought of today, although scantily clad women were certainly a key attraction. Shows first gained popularity in the latter half of the 1800's incorporating ribald humor and spoofed themes and music, mostly pointing fun at upper-class tastes and tendencies. Burlesque shows served as a social outlet and detraction from the strict social norms of the day. They greatly appealed to lower classes and less-sophisticated senses of humor with sexual innuendo prevalent in song, dance, and dialogue. As an art form, Burlesque was a rich source of music and comedy that depicted societal trends of its time.