This last Saturday night I was invited to watch a Burlesque performance at the Sugar Hut. I’ve seen a few burlesque performances in Cape Town but I didn’t know that one could ‘officially’ learn how to dance in Cape Town. The new students of Lady Magnolia gave the club a shimmy-glittering performance on Friday night. The bar was beautifully decorated along with the gorgeous pin-up style girls, all creating an inviting and exciting night out.
Burlesque performances have been creeping up in Cape Town over the past few years from bars to clubs. The first burlesque performance I saw was at Mersy Bar just off Long street. The ladies were very good and I felt that they had successfully suggested a strip tease without using full nudity. I also saw a few ladies at the Jolly Roger a few months back. Again, we’d just popped in for a few drinks and enjoyed a performance.
I must comment that I’m impressed and confused slightly by the art of burlesque. One positive is that it empowers women through performance. Secondly, the performers do not need to have the body of a super model, curvy ’50’s’ styled bodies are more than welcome! On the other hand, do women have to strip to feel beautiful and empowered as a woman? Or is the purpose – to help women ‘own’ their sexual power? If so, then burlesque is perfect because there isn’t any full nudity (to my knowledge) but it is rather provocative.
At Bringing Burlesque Back!, all the student women (young and old) entertained the bar. Naturally, some girls were better than others but that’s just the nature of learning – it was entertaining none the less. All the women dressed beautifully with lots of make up, glitter, costumes and all performed to their best. The bar looked amazing too, beautifully decorated along with the gorgeous pin-up style girls. The dress code for the audience was ‘To the Nines!’ and everyone joined in on the fun. From facinators, dramatic lipstick, false eye lashes and fish net stockings, everyone was very excited to support and enjoy the night’s performances.