From the title of this post, I expect regular readers will wonder if this is yet another piece where I ponder whether my burlesque alter ego should be retired. This time, however, my worries are somewhat larger. Once the country has seen Christina Aguilera in the movie Burlesque, I fear that the good stuff may lose its market altogether.
I found some Burlesque movie tie-in hosiery in Debenhams last week (see image), and then I heard that Aguilera performed a song from the film on this weekend’s X-Factor final show (causing a great deal of complaints from Daily Mail readers in the process). So, how long before this is the image associated with burlesque in the minds of the majority of the UK population? This screams cabaret to me, far more than it hints at burlesque.
If promoters veer towards the choreographed dance numbers and glittertits version of burlesque that this movie champions, what’s going to happen to the sort of creativity that brought us Diva Hollywood’s The Evolution of Women, Marianne Cheesecake as Charlie Chaplin, and Mysti Vine’s filthily funny V-stume?
There is a market for both, but I think using the same label for these two types of performance could be somewhat confusing for the potential audience. It seems more like Aguilera’s starring in ‘Showgirls 2010’ but, of course, I can’t really comment until I’ve seen it so a review will follow. Whatever the future holds for burlesque though, there is one good thing about this mainstream interest… it’s sparking some intelligent debate (albeit only in The Guardian so far).
Main image via slashfilm.com.