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Desert Diamonds: Alice Springs

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The Australian Burlesque Festival chats to one of the burlesque dancers (Sila Crosley) from The Desert Diamonds, They are performing in Varietease on the 5 October for the first time. We are thrilled to have them on board.

1. When did The Desert Diamonds form as a burlesque/dance troupe?
The Desert Diamonds formed in June 2017 after a conversation between Kaye Pedersen and Sila Crosley about a mutual desire to provide quality commercial dance performance and Cabaret styled entertainment to the Heart of Australia.

2. What do you love about burlesque?
The thing I love in particular as a woman is how empowering it is to watch women of all ages, shapes and sizes embrace their gorgeous bodies.

3. What sort of performance will the Alice Springs audience expect on the 5th October?
The Desert Diamonds performance explores the softer and more nurturing side of women.

 4. Why did you apply for The Australian Burlesque Festival?
The Desert Diamonds decided to apply for the Australian Burlesque Festival this year because as audience members in last years show we were inspired by the class and talent of the headliners. We felt as a group we would be ready to help further share the art of Burlesque and cabaret with the community of Alice Springs. 

5. If you had to explain what burlesque is to anyone who has never seen it what would you say it is?
Burlesque is the Art of the tease, and you will be teased by some of the best in the business taking you to the edge but always leaving something to the imagination.

To see the Desert Diamonds perform at ABF book here: TICKETS

ABF Successful Applications: Tips & Tricks

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ABF Tips: Dos and Don’ts!


Announcements will be made via the ABF website or social media.

* Fill out each section of the form correctly. The reason we ask for particular information from performers is it assists with the review process.

* Read ALL of the information provided, especially the ‘Terms & Conditions’. Download an electronic copy or print for reference.

* Make sure you apply with your best work or acts that are suitable for the show/s you are applying for.

* Make sure you read the show outline so you apply for the right show/s. Some performers are not successful as they apply for unsuitable shows.

* If you are a new performer with less than 2 years experience consider applying for Baby Bombshells. If you think you have a stronger act apply for the most appropriate event. You can apply for more than one show, even if you pick Baby Bombshells as well.

* Your bio should represent who you are as a performer. While you can embellish, bios that don’t really highlight your actual performance history may not contribute to overall success.  Think of it as CV for a job interview.

* Try to apply with at least two solid acts that will enable a higher success rate. It the act is in development you MUST explain in full what the act is. Applying with more than one act in development may cause an unsuccessful outcome.

* Tell us a little bit more about yourself as a performer. It is great that you may have plenty of awards or accolades or you have performed at x amount of shows but these don’t necessarily equate to a successful application. ABF wants to know about your performance style, your most standout shows and ability to shine on stage.

* Footage is extremely important, especially if a new act or the producer has not seen you perform or it is in development. Showreels, while they are fun to watch don’t always capture the act you are applying with. An act can be filmed in a studio if you have not got live footage. Anything will help gain a successful application.

* Pay the administration registration fee as soon as you complete the application form to ensure it is accepted.

* Try not to leave filling out the form to the last minute. You are guaranteed to miss something and their maybe delays in loading the information.

* If you need too please ask questions before you apply. That way ABF can provide as much information to the performer as possible so you complete the form correctly.

* Be diverse with the acts you submit.

* If you have not been successful previously it does not mean you will not be successful this year. Every ABF is different so give it a go as you never know!

* ABF encourages diversity so all genres will be reviewed such as classic burlesque, neo, unique, queer, dark, drag, circus, boylesque, cabaret, variety, comedy, singers, pole, magic and so on. If you have an act that might suit the festival them please apply. Be mindful that acts over 8 minutes cannot be accepted due to time restrictions for the shows.

* If successful upload your music and photos as soon as requested. ABF needs these for marketing and formatting.

* Make sure you respond to all correspondence in a timely manner. ABF may need to query an act or a particular aspect of your application form via email.

Break a leg as they say in showbiz!! All applications are reviewed thoroughly and objectively. 


Dita Von Teese: Strip Strip Hooray

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The Australian Burlesque Festival is so thrilled to announce International Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese will be touring her show Burlesque Strip Strip Hooray in conjunction with our events.

International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is set to bring Australian audiences an opulent evening of glamour and comedy in her critically acclaimed show when she tours Australia in June 2016. The “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) will be joined on stage by her full cast of supporting performers including “the hardest working middle- aged man in show business, MC Murray Hill, Catherine D’lish, and Perle Noire. Tickets on pre-sale from the 6th April and general sale on the 8th April.

Saturday 4th June Sydney, Big Top Luna Park
Sunday 5th June Sydney, Big Top Luna Park
Tuesday 7th June Brisbane, Tivoli
Wednesday 8th June Brisbane, Tivoli
Friday 10th June Melbourne, The Forum
Saturday 11th June Melbourne, The Forum
Monday, 13th June Adelaide, Cabaret Festival Friday 17th June Perth, Astor
Saturday 18th June Perth, Astor



Dirty Martini

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The Australian Burlesque Festival is so excited that International Superstar Dirty Martini is heading our way in June to tour the country. 

Touring 9 June to 2 July 2016

Shows selling fast. If you want to see Dirty Martini please book soon.

The Definition of Burlesque, Miss Dirty Martini, spearheaded the New Burlesque revival in New York City which has taken the world by storm. She has received rave reviews for ground breaking, stereotype busting burlesque performances, her over the top physique and classical dance training. “The decadent expression of female sensuality in action” -Daily News, she has been voted the number one burlesque performer in the world four years in a row by burlesque fans worldwide. Miss Martini was featured in a five page editorial in V Magazine shot by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. She has also been in front of many prestigious cameras including those of Steven Klein and Mario Sorrenti. Miss Martini has headlined burlesque shows all over the world and has been featured in nearly every book written on the subject. With the Cabaret New Burlesque, she has performed to sold out theaters in France, Italy, Belgium, Hungary and Holland. Featured with the Cabaret in the film “On Tour” (best director 2010, International Critics Award) the Cabaret jolted the Cannes film festival and the 2011 Cesar Awards with their refreshing positivity and joie de vivre. She has performed alongside critically acclaimed comedienne Margaret Cho and has toured all over the USA with burlesque superstar Dita VonTeese’s show Strip Strip Hooray.

“Body positive, sex positive, satire and sex ecstatically meet in a single act. Dirty Martini is a consummately professional entertainer” Chris Kraus- Art Forum
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Green Fairy Absinth: Official Sponsor 2016

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The ‘Australian Burlesque Festival’ is thrilled to announce that we are partnering again with ‘Green Fairy Absinth’ in 2016.  Green Fairy have been an integral part of ABF for a few years now and will continue into the new year. They have been incredibly supportive and loyal to the festival and each year tour the country with us presenting their delicious cocktail for audience members to taste and enjoy.

Green Fairy will be joining ABF from 9 June to 2 July 2016. Not only can you sample or purchase the cocktail you can take a photo with your friends at the ‘Media Wall’.

About Absinth

The first legal absinth containing thujone (from wormwood) available since the ban on absinth was lifted in Australia. A great botanical balance makes this the perfect absinth for cocktails or mixed drinks. Produced and bottled in the Czech Republic where they have been making absinth continually since the 1800s. This is the absinth by which all other absinth is judged.