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September 12, 2010
Burlesque is a peculiar show and art form with roots going back to nineteenth-century theatre. Born in the Victorian music halls England it is a popular show that makes fun of the powerful and the elite, featuring saucy strip tease, frenetic choreography, orchestral music and comic turns. The contemporary version is often embellished with fetish and punk elements. It is in fact a vital culture that is forever evolving and is not just a tribute to the past. View the multimedia slideshow by Giovanni Cocco who is currently in the VII Mentor Program for photographers.
Cocco's series offers a sympathetic but slightly different perspective on similar subject matter so excellently documented by Susan Meiselas in her 1976 book Carnival Strippers.