Presented by Red Bennies in association with Midsumma 2012 - A scintillating sliver of queer-topian history
Long before the revival, long before Dita Von Tease, long before Australia became overflowing with people getting their kit off for cash - the queer performance artists of Australia were out melting minds and twisting tease. This generation of smoking hot queer performers bubbled to the surface from the queer fringe to become some of Australia's leading performers.
Australia's Queen of Burlesque, Imogen Kelly is hosting a series of new events called Living Galleries and in these she curates artists of a like mind to hang onto her proverbial glitter clad walls. Bent Burlesque is an amazing cavalcade of Australia's most erotic, naughty, scandalous and prolific queer performers.
Staring sexy superstar, ex-gurlesque - Glitta Supanova, aerialist extraordinaire - The Amazing Ari, drag dynamite - Dallas Dellaforce & the shining seductress - Lillian Starr. Presented by the indomitable - Imogen Kelly.
She is Australia's internationally renouned Queen of burlesque. Actually, she's more notorious than famous and that's how she likes it. Imogen has been performing burlesque since the eighties, her appeal is more cult than mainstream... She is more naughty than most and definitely more bent. Her debut was when she walked out in front of 20, 000 people and her clothes (not that there were many) fell off leaving her shamelessly naked. The standing ovation she received convinced her that she was born to strip.
Imogen is a skilled circus aerialist performing many times at the Sydney Opera House Studio... actually she was the first Burlesque performer to ever do a show at the grand old house - inflatable titties and all!
Always the poser Glitta modelled her pose into an art form, becoming a professional exhibitionist.
Turning heads & hearts towards the bent & bizarre in the burlesque business with her hourglass curves she is a psychedelic cheesecake, cartoon porno parody of pop culture and a social commentary into the truth of what burlesque is meant to be; tongue in cheek satire with raw sex appeal.
"I love to play around with modern archetypes & subvert & pervert them into another dimension."
THE AMAZING ARI
Ari Levanael is a respected and accomplished aerial artist who performs throughout the world.
Among his various guest spots at cabaret venues, he has also featured in 2009 and 2010 at the Sydney Mardi Gras for the official and closing parties and recently featured a new laser aerial show for 2011. He also has residency at one of Sydney’s largest venues as well as performing at clubs all over Sydney.
He has wowed audiences in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, Turkey, Belgium and Greece. On UK television he featured in an ITV promo for Take That.
Developed with years of performance and worldwide travels, his goal is to create innovative performance for audiences over the world using physical skill, costume, sound and light. His performance skills range from the aerial circus arts; aerial silk, Spanish web, corde lisse, static trapeze and aerial ring to harness work, fire dance and pole dance.
DALLAS DELLAFORCE LILLIAN STAR
General Admission (Door): $25
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Short and sweet acts appear throughout the evening, complimenting the drinking hour and breaking up your club experience. Show structures and interval times may vary. Ticket price listed is for standing room only unless otherwise specified. Limited seating is available, please contact Red Bennies on 03 9826 2689 for all group, booth and seated bookings.
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