A saucy decade

CAMIKNICKERS and nipple pasties, raunchy dancing and seductive moves—is burlesque just striptease with larger underwear or an art form?

The naysayers have never seen burlesque well executed says Melanie Piantoni, co-founder of Sugar Blue Burlesque.

“It most certainly has striptease, but it also has elements such as comedy, parody, acting and dance,” she says.

• Melanie Piantoni (aka A’dora Derriere), co-founder of Sugar Blue Burlesque. Photo by David Woolley

“A good show is fun, sexy, surprising and above all very entertaining…and with smaller underwear too.”

The term Burlesque is derived from the Italian word “burlesco”, with “burla” meaning joke, ridicule or mockery, hence the suggestive dancers’ names and the tongue-in-cheek saucy routines.

SBB burst onto the Perth scene 10 years ago, kicking off a renewed fascination for the bawdy act.

Piantoni and her Lindy Hop mate Sharon Davis (Miss Bonnie Fox), were hooked after attending a swing dance camp in Sweden, where they saw a burlesque show for the first time.

Shortly after returning to Perth, they did small performances at swing dance events.

“Within a year we were being booked for performances in nightclubs, and doing our own regular shows.” Piantoni says.

SBB will mark its 10th birthday with the A Decade of Decadence, featuring more than 30 national and international performers, as well as renowned jazz band the Perth Cabaret Collective.

A Decade of Decadence is at Metro City Concert Club, Roe Street, Northbridge on August 5.

Tix at megatix.com.au/events/decade-decadence

by JENNY D’ANGER

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