The art of the tease is her stock­ing trade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Shane Ni­chols

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.”

Pic­ture: JOEL DEVEREUX

Jac­que­line Furey is head­ing our way

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