Bringing the Oh-Yes back to Burlesque!
Hosted by: Madame Rouge
Performer: Scarlett Oh
Madame Rouge, founder of Madame Rouge’s Burlesque Theatre in Bangkok, will be talking about her experience navigating the fine line between empowerment and exploitation of women through the sensual artform of burlesque in the east: specifically, Southeast Asia.
In many parts of the eastern world, the concept of burlesque is not only foreign, but it challenges the taboo subject of sexuality and femininity. In a city such as Bangkok, the surprisingly conservative mindset contradicts the deep-rooted and problematic reputation of red light districts and sex tourism. When female objectification is not only prevalent, but is seen as the norm, showcasing that striptease can be classy is not enough to break the stigma.
At the beginning of this session, there will be a burlesque performance by one of Madame Rouge’s dancers. Following the performance, Madame Rouge will expand on why the creation of a platform for sexual positivity was crucial for Bangkok to embrace burlesque. She will also discuss the challenges and advantages in introducing burlesque to a part of the world that is still lightyears behind the west in terms of sexual wokeness.
About Scarlett Oh
Combining the classical essence of burlesque and just the right amount of cheek and humour, Scarlett Oh! takes you on a journey of truly tasteful tease. Making her debut in friendly Cape Town, South Africa, she spread her wings all the way to Bangkok, Thailand where she found her home with the spectacular Madame Rouge troupe. With a variety of performances to tantalize all needs, she brings to life a story with each bump and grind. Always finding inspiration from the classical dames of burlesque, Scarlett Oh! is sure to bring some flirtatious fun and entertainment to the stage.
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