The art of the tease is her stocking trade
That’s the Carnivale people talking about their special late night show, Will it live up to its name? “Sensuale has been specially curated for the Port Douglas festival,” said the “human heatwave”, Jacqueline Furey, a burlesque artist who has put this show together. “We’ve created it specially for the Spiegeltent in Port Douglas. I found the most fabulous people I could and we put a whole new show together.
“It’s a cabaret-style revue, with a whole bunch of different acts.
“We’ve got fire performances, burlesque, boylesque, drag, comedy, we’ve got some side show acts as well – it’s a really traditional kind of late night variety show.”
The MC is stand up comic Bev Killick.
Ms Furey specialises in fan dancing.
“I do perform classic burlesque,” she said, “which is a tribute to the golden age of burlesque, and we re-create that gorgeous ’50s style glamour.
“But I also perform my own style of burlesque – I am a variety performer too. I do things like balance a sword on my head while stripping. I do some things you have never seen before.”
Ms Furey said it is possible to be inventive with burlesque and for a performer to contribute their own ideas.
She said if everybody was just doing the same act over and over it would be pretty boring. Of course. “To quote one of the greats, ‘you’ve got to have a gimmick’.
Has Ms Furey got a gimmick?
“I’ve got quite a few gimmicks,” she assured the
“But I’m widely known for my fan dancing.
“It’s a lot to do with creating your own style. But I was inspired by the legends of burlesque, especially Sally Rand.
“She had a very controversial act that featured at a World’s Fair in the ’30s.”
The has done its homework and can report that Ms Rand’s seismic impact at the Chicago World’s Fair, still enduring on YouTube, was thanks to the illusion of being fully nude but she was in fact wearing a bodysuit.
“It caused all sorts of outrage. I’ve watched that video on repeat. It’s all about the conceal and reveal, and it’s all about the tease.”
After many hours of practice, and preparation, and getting some stage time, you may find your own style.
A good mirror is especially handy.
“I believe that painful self awareness makes a good strip tease artist.”
It’s also important to connect with audiences, she said.
“Making eye contact is important. You want to draw in everyone in the room. You want them on the edge of their seat, dying to see you take that glove off.”
Jacqueline Furey is heading our way