Burlesque in the North: spatial politics and sexual citizenship

A free roundtable event bringing together burlesque performers/ organisers and academics happening at the Alec Clegg Theatre, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds on 11th July 2-4pm.

Supported by HEFCE and ACE via The Exchange project.

The Panel

Panelists include burlesque performers/organizers: Heidi Bang Tidy, Tawny Kay, Pinky DeVille, Havana Hurricane and Penny Sweets plus Dr.Martin Zebracki (Geography, University of Leeds).

Chaired by Dr. Jacki Willson (Performance and Cultural Industries).


To register for this free event please contact:

Linda Watson:  L.M.Watson@leeds.ac.uk

@BurlesqueintheN https://twitter.com/BurlesqueintheN

What is burlesque’s relevance to the North as a cultural industry?

Is there particular relevance as regards where it is locally staged? Ie Hebden Bridge/Doncaster/Grimsby. Yorkshire/London/New York? Does it make a difference?

This event will consider the question of both place-bound politics and safe spaces for resistant performance. There has been recent campaigning in relation to the threat of closure of subcultural queer spaces such as  The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and of course the famous Madame JoJos burlesque club in London was closed down recently  – and of course the Hebden Bridge festival caused a huge controversy in recent years in relation to where it was to be sited.

What does this mean? Are subcultural voices being threatened with being silenced? Is the potential for resistant performance under threat too?