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Moisture Festival showcases bawdy burlesque pleasure
By Kai Sandvig
Business Editor
Posted April 8, 2007

    Relegating the business editor to review a burlesque show may seem like an inauspicious gambit, but maybe this writer can prove otherwise. I figure all humans find themselves desiring basic needs, even a tidy business editor.  

    By the way, burlesque is a direct descendant of the Commedia dell’arte that originates in nineteenth century music hall entertainments and vaudeville. In the early twentieth century burlesque emerged as a populist blend of satire, performance, and adult entertainment.  

    As in previous years, burlesque was again part of this year’s Moisture Festival.  

    The festival showcased its dark underside in bawdy fashion on March 24, called “Libertease,” with women and men playfully taking their clothes off to the delight of an occupancy crowd at The ACT in Seattle.  

    Hosted by a woman on stilts and wearing a top-hat called Madam X, the idea of burlesque progressed through act after lascivious act. Entertainers performed sensual dances using an array of different props to cover their reproductive organs. The Zebra Kings contributed the context to most of the performances with saucy swing band numbers. 

    Certain themes were certainly raunchier than others, but the most synchronized and comical few included female aerial acrobats sensually swinging around large rings in the air, while one woman’s passion ran amok so badly she needed to satisfy her carnal needs with a monkey friend. Now I do not condone bestiality, but when presented comically to “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” I feel an urge to perk up and pay attention; I mean hell… why not? A man dressed in a monkey costume skipping around in a g-string that fully displays his hairy satchel is a true sight to behold! 

    Aside from the sullied moments in the show, burlesque illustrates the beauty in sexuality, particularly the beauty of a woman who can find a creative way to remove her clothing. The underlying theme of a man giving into his becoming a slave fetish did provide a secondary plot to “Libertease,” which arguably pleases most women, whether burlesque performers or not.  

    Not too shabby for a business editor, right?



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