Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Naked Girls Reading

Where, oh where, was the burlesque revival when Father Anonymous was a callow youth? And where above all things was Naked Girls Reading?

The concept is pretty nearly self-explanatory, but you can read more about it by clicking the link above, or going straight to the creators' site. Basically, pretty women who normally strip to their pasties and juggle flaming batons turn over a new page (pun borrowed from the Globe and Mail) to get naked and read books out loud. Any books at all.

Sexist? Sure. Pretentious? You betcha. And creepy, too. Consider this:

The women describe the NGR salon as magical, entrancing and enchanting. “It has a courtesan feel about it,” [Tanya] Cheex says. “It’s seductive, because we’re naked, and, at the same time, comforting, like listening to your mother reading to you when you were little.”

[Sauci Calla] Horra adds: “In burlesque, we unveil our bodies. In Naked Girls Reading, we unveil our souls.”

Shudder. And yet creepy sexist pretension had a place in our hearts, back in the 80s, and we'd be lying if we said it was entirely homeless even today.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

rumour has it that as a youth, you too went to a place called 'little deep"

Anonymous said...

Sexist, Pretentious and Creepy! Sounds like a great piece of pull-text for the press page...except that you haven't been to an event so your assessment of it is of little value.

Father said...

You're right of course. But I really, really want to be on that press page. So here are my suggestions:

(1) Bring the show to central Europe. Budapest, Prague or -- and I'm serious -- Cluj-Napoca. Big university town, it would be a smash. OR,

(2) Write in little letters "the press quotes from the performers sound ..." and then in BIG CAPITALS "sexist, creepy and pretentious."

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