Burlesque, Broadway & Hollywood

Although Mayor LaGuardia shut down all of the burlesque theatres in New York City in the 1930s as part of his crusade against "vice," burlesque had already left its indeliable mark on American culture. This lecture argues for the cultural influence of burlesque on classic Hollywood cinema and the golden age of American Musical theatre, tracing scenes, characters, and plotlines from these allegedly less vice-ridden artforms to show how the principles, stylings, and movements of classic burlesque are actually driving forces in these genres.
Lecture
Feb. 6, 2016, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
William Dawes B

About the Teacher - Sailor St. Claire

Sailor St. Claire is a curvaceous redhead with learned mind and an A+ anatomy. With her scintillating wit and copious charms, Sailor channels academic excellence into burlesque bravura. Since 2009, The Showgirl Scholar has been putting her knowledge of the literary canon to more-than-scholarly uses, crafting elegant and erudite stripteases that offer audiences an education in the humanitease. Sailor performs with Sinner Saint Burlesque and co-produces Naked Girls Reading - Seattle. She is also the producer of Tuesday Tease, Seattle's only monthly burlesque revue featuring live musical accompaniment by Pervana. Sailor can also be found as a soloist on stages throughout Seattle, and makes regular trips to San Francisco to appear at the (in)famous Hubba Hubba Revue, Little Minsky's, and Red Hots Burlesque. She also frequently performs in Portland, OR, and has appeared internationally at Kitty Nights West at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia and in the UK at Gutter Lane at Edinburgh’s Jekyll & Hyde Pub. She has been featured at the Ohio Burlesque Festival, the Alabama Burlesque Festival, the Great Southern Exposure Burlesque & Variety Pageant, and the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston, where she was awarded the 2014 Legend’s Choice award by April March, The First Lady of Burlesque.