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“It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.”
Mae West

Iskra Valentine is a neo burlesque and performance artist specialising in riot grrrl
rockaburly and bollywood burlesque. With a background in Indian Kathakali dancing,
a passion for performance art and a penchant for all things vintage, she has a unique
perspective on burlesque in today’s world.

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Brief History of Burlesque
The literal meaning of Burlesque is ‘to send up’. In the early 18th century, the term Burlesque was used throughout Europe to describe musical works, in which comic and serious elements were combined to achieve grotesque effect.

In 19th century England, serious or romantic opera or a piece of classical theatre was adapted in a risque style that ridiculed stage conventions. Traditional British or Classical Burlesque parodied widely known works of literature, theatre or music but didn’t contain striptease. Women were often cast in the lead male role and double entendre was the performance style of the time. Lydia Thompson and her British Blondes toured the United States in the 1860’s instigating the bawdy style of variety theatre that existed from the 1870’s to the 1920’s. American Burlesque was heavily influenced by British music hall and variety shows of the 19th century. The Victorian era, was a time where there were major clashes between the aristrocracy and working classes, and comic sketches were developed ridiculing the upper elite.
In the early 20th century Burlesque re-emerged as a blend of satire, performance art and adult entertainment, featuring striptease and comedy acts. The term Burlesque was used to loosely describe these acts where striptease artists performed but striptease and hootchy kootchy dance were already forms by
themselves. Burlesque shows incorporated elaborate sets, gorgeous costumes, mood music and dramatic lighting. Novelty acts were often included, such as fire eaters, contortionists and other circus performers. Pastiche, parody and wit, accompanied with dancing girls, chanson singers, comedians, mime artists made up the typical American Burlesque show. The popular Burlesque show of the early 20th century eventually evolved into striptease which became the primary focus by the 1930’s, heralding the end of Burlesque and the birth of striptease!
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  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture….. smoldering in light and and the red fabric is bleeding with exotic delight!

  • Beautiful beautiful comment thank you Miss Tempest love your words. Xx

    – HennaGoddess

  • luckylarue
    luckylarueover 3 years ago

    Helen this is so beautiful of you, awesome shadows. And the movement in the dress. Well done on the choreograph of this piece. Love the history on Burlesque you shared with us too Very cool!!

  • Thanks Lucky I put myself out there and asked if I could do some photography at Iskras vintage hair and makeup workshop then discovered there was a Burlesque show right here in Bunbury , Iskra put me onto the organiser and I ended up with a press pass to do photos of the event ( my beautiful friends were very early as I wanted to make sure we had the best seats ) I have been editing photos since Saturday night . Hope there happy with my images :) Xx

    – HennaGoddess

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 3 years ago

    Best one so far Helen

  • Nearly overlooked this one thinking I had finished editing everything then thought to take one more look at them all an this cropped up so well my heart leapt a little lol. I love the BW version as it took the flare from her beautiful skin then as an after thought SC on a few things . Perhaps a little less nervous now handing all the edited images over to the organiser Thanks Ade I did struggle with the strong lighting there were a few beautiful images I just couldn’t use .

    – HennaGoddess

  • Touchofeden
    Touchofedenover 3 years ago

    Adore it !!! Simply adore it

  • This is one of my ultimate favs an to think I nearly overlooked this image an then the selective colour was an after thought lol I love the BW version its like the old hollywood images I look at online.
    Love your comments Deb

    – HennaGoddess

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

  • Iskra really is a visual feast for the mind an soul thank you so much Kelly this has made my day :)

    – HennaGoddess

  • Tammy123
    Tammy123over 3 years ago

    Stunning … love these shots Helen…

  • Thanks so much Tammy there is just so much to learn lol Xx

    – HennaGoddess

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