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Baltimore Burlesque, Academic Art

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Consider the stage names of Trixie Little and Evil Hate Monkey, and they were the hosts of an onstage presentation of Working the Tease: a reenactment of the best of Baltimore in the heyday of burlesque. 16 performers representing sexiness as an art to be admired.

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Of course there is burlesque etiquette showing of the nipples, vaginas and male parts. No deliberate sexual acts, buts lots of teasing, yelling (audience) and crying. The academic layer comes through student involvement, a year-long class at the Maryland Institute College of Art, (MICA) who planned, budgeted, and got the facilities of the Lyric theater, to make the live presentation. It was a tease of the utmost, with even Dr. Ginger Snapz (PhD. English) making an appearance (See video).

In the 1930's Globe Press printed most of the posters for the Burlesques shows, the students reproduced those posters as well. However, the Baltimore burlesque story cannot be told without the mentioning of Blaze Starr, and her portrait as a tease on the level of Marilyn Monroe.

What an artistic exhibition! What an eye opener! Burlesque, not in a club, but on an operatic stage. Burlesque in Baltimore through the eyes of MICA, it was academic art.


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