Dimly-lit stage, scantily clad flesh moving to the beat of the music, a transfixed audience: but this is not a seedy strip club down a back alley. This is burlesque (滑稽戏 huájīxì).
“Burlesque is not about stripping, it’s about beautiful vintage style costumes. It’s about sex appeal, sensual, exotic, and sometimes humor,” says Trixie Royale, founder of Moonglow Burlesque (月光艳舞 Yuèguāng Huájī) troupe, based in China.
“Burlesque is a form of live entertainment that was popular during the Jazz Era (爵士时代 Juéshì shídài) (1920-1950s) in America, later re-emerging as a populist blend of satire, performance art, and adult entertainment featuring striptease and a wide variety of comedy acts,” Moonglow’s website explains.“