Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. by HennaGoddess

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Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. by 

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”
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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  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 3 years ago

    Oh yes………she is outrageous, my kinda people. Some wonderful images Helen

  • Yes outrageous sauciness which I so adore , tho im disappointed in my own skills . Ever learning process I guess if im asked back for the next show perhaps exposure compensation would be best ( that little unknown setting I have just become aware of ).

    – HennaGoddess

  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 3 years ago

    lolol…………..don’t feel bad, we all learn every day. Yesterday I learnt that I am way to haste disgarding things. I had bought two lights with umbrellas a couple of years ago and used them once as I was disappointed with their strength. Well yesterday I did some SP’s for a challenge and these two lights gave me the look I wanted. Point of story is we all learn every day and its always a good idea to read the manual once you have used the item a bit cause then you know what your looking to achieve. Love the journey Helen.

  • Very true Ade so out with my camera manual once again :) its starting to look rather well used now . Feels like I have relived the show for the past week editing these images , I have so many I love but cant decide what to post so perhaps will look at them again in a few months see how they make me feel .Cant wait to see your SP,s .
    Had to put my lighting kit on the back burner after our laptops got stolen , I could do with it next weekend have been asked to do the images for the local Roller derby girls fundraiser calendar .

    – HennaGoddess

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    ×°× ` ·.¸.·´ ×°× Wonderful Capture nice clarity and detail nice focus Nicely done and presented

  • hugs thanks Rapture , sepia gives something special to this one Xx

    – HennaGoddess

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