Welcome to the first half of the #DMUEngage panel discussion event ‘I am Woman, Hear Me Phwoar!’ which took place on the Sunday of the 2017 Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival.
Here performers, promoters and activists Sadie Sinner, Rubyyy Jones and Heidi Bang Tidy and scholars of burlesque Dr Jacki Willson and Dr Claire Nally joined me and a room full of interested members of the public to discuss the politics of female performance.
We discuss the representation of ‘othered’ bodies, the vilification of women in the public sphere, the role of emcees, irony and awarishness and exploitation and agency in burlesque, and panelists here discuss what initially attracted them to burlesque. I also briefly mention my own initial attraction to the form, which I have previously discussed at greater length in the Codcast.
If you haven’t heard the first podcast in which Heidi Bang-Tidy and Lady Wildflower talk about the history and logistics of the festival, and why they wanted the panel discussion to be part of it this year, then it is still available here. The second half of this panel discussion will be available in another podcast in about two weeks, available here.
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Music in the podcast is by kind permission of The Shannon Reilly Trio www.shannonreillytrio.co.uk The full version of the song Trouble can be found along with it’s video here, and purchased on the Shannon Reilly Band album also called Trouble.
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