Body Positivity – Male Performers in Burlesque

So, we don’t have what would be considered traditional Magic Mike or Beefcake Chippendale type guys in the Menagerie Burlesque Company. Our own Peter MorningWood often hashtags his own pictures with #DadBod4Life and is a lot closer to the Full Monty.

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But our audience loves body diversity.

We’re all shapes and sizes, looking like average people, who get up on stage, and make sure that you are having a good time. Because we’re having a good time. Our audiences tell us, it’s great to see! We’ve found our own audience to be as diverse, so why exclude them from the fun? Well, besides the part where we’re taking our clothes off or making ridiculous theatrical numbers, that’s our schtick… Wait, where was I? Oh yes…

Diversity.

Without diversity in Burlesque, the art form will stagnate and die off. Bold statement, yes, but without that diversity, we are only perpetuating mass statements of ‘This is what Burlesque is, and nothing else.’ The same bump and grind piece becomes a boring run of the mill, get it at another place for cheaper, do I have to listen to this song again… ugh. The commonplace numbers will breed contempt and distaste for the whole culture. And we want to tease, we want you curious and wanting, we’ll be taking you to places that you didn’t expect.

A recent article from mic.com showed a big nod to the male burlesque performers out there, good read, check the link.

“As with everything, we’re subject to the mores we’ve been raised with,” he said. “People sometimes come to shows and expect us to be taking off our clothes to reveal Playgirl-fit bodies.” Jonny Porkpie, Burlesque Mayor of New York, all around nice guy, and he’s running for President. (Psst, you can also buy his book, The Corpse Wore Pasties, great gift for days that end in the letter Y.)

Hooray! and #EffYourBodyStandards What’s Healthy and Beautiful and Sexy? Laughter. What’s even better? Making art that is sexy, comedic, satirizing, subversive, and most importantly – a lot of fun. We’re outrageous on your behalf, and thank you for supporting local art.

Stay tuned in you animals, more #Burlesque info coming your way.

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