Friday, 8 January 2010
PictureRama Publishing has created the very first and unique Burlesque Map London. It is the must-have accessory for the burlesque accomplished and enthusiast, and an essential for all those newcomers in search of a new image or adventure in this magical, theatrical world. The Map features over 200 listings of the most relevant and valuable places, comprising shops, hotels, vintage and burlesque, hair and beauty, accessories, organisations and associations, together with clubs, cabarets and shows, cafes and bars, pubs and restaurants, venues and monthly and annual events.
Burlesque Map London is also a valued source of essential information for producers, performers, promoters, publishers, journalists and others, searching for each other, thus creating a most comprehensive guide for key people, and key groups, within the burlesque milieu.
So don't wait any longer, come and visit us and buy your copy now and find all those places you wanted to know about in one very pocket size guide...
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Burlesque, literally translated as ' a pastiche', has its origins in the 19th century music hall and vaudeville entertainment, encompassing parodic humour and wit, with a mixture of satire and performance art, and featuring a striptease act. It first appeared in Europe in the early Victorian Era, a time of cultural feud between aristocracy and the working class. This clash gave birth to shows that turned social norms 'in an upside down style' or 'head over heels' - mocking established entertainment. Burlesque has evolved since then, but has kept some essential traits, such as the striptease element and the bawdy humour, satire and parody.
In the mid 1990s, the art of Burlesque saw an eminent revival in the United States, emerging in the mainstream entertainment scenes. In the past five years, the New Burlesque, or Neo Burlesque, phenomenon has swayed its way back across the Atlantic to land in London, taking the capital and whole country by storm.
A prominent part of London's new entertainment showcase with great success, Burlesque is one of the most popular social scenes in our capital. This is not surprising, as London epitomises eccentricity, playful adventure, and avant-garde creativity: a magnet for those wishing to exhibit their talent or witness a unique spectacle.