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Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque


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May 8, 2012 by Van Roberts
Article Series: Van about Town

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Oversize fans, high heels and women taking off their clothes. No wonder Burlesque has never gone away. Performer Dita von Teese recently visited, she boasts a 56 centimetre waist. But a group of plus-size Melbourne women are bucking this skinny trend.

Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque is Australia’s “first burlesque night featuring fat performers.” The group formed to create a space for fat performers of burlesque, cabaret, circus, spoken word and reclaim forms of sexual expression.

The group will hold a fundraiser on the 9th of May – featuring performances by Cupcake Kitten and Harlotte Bronte. All proceeds will go toward their first burlesque show. They guarantee that “nobody shakes it quite like a semi-naked fatty.”

Va Va Boombah will hold a fundraiser on the 9th of May, 7.00pm at Bar Nothing. Va Va Boombah’s first show will take place on the 1st of June.

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Van Roberts

Van is a Melbourne freelance writer. She has contributed to Frankie, Time Out, RHUM and The Pluck. A book of poetry will be released soon.

Van spent hours on a typewriter as a child, which gave her a love for the written word. She also has an appreciation for wrestling, tequila and coffee. Van writes a blog, Scribbley-Ness.


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