The Australian Burlesque Festival Presents:
Cleo Viper - Noir Burlesque!
Cleo Viper (Italy)
International Burlesque Darling!
In this Workshop Cleo Viper promotes a new approach to Burlesque: not the loud, crazy, wild one of the 50's; but the secret, mysterious, hidden and scary burlesque of the early part of the century, the "noir" era. The aim is to seduce with an elegance and mood that reminds you of foggy dirty London suburbs in the 20's, or as if the show was taking place during a monstrous and scary Halloween night. The energy of the performance is maintained by the performer trying not to reveal and show too much, hiding will be more important than shaking; and moving slowly will be more effective than jumping around. Not so easy, in the world of colours and sparkles usually associated with the idea of "burlesque" ! It's a very interesting challenge for any performer who wants to experiment something different, or is trying to develop a dark character such as a spider, witch, vampire or zombie.
Cleo Viper started to "teach" Burlesque 3 years ago, when she was asked to give some advice to a group of young growing performers who were willing to improve their acts and develop new ideas about their artistic personality. She than started to work as a choreographer and artistic director for the prestigious Burlesque Events Agency Voodoo Deluxe, where she structured and helped create the acts for some of the most talented and now famous Burlesque Italian Performers. She also started to teach Workshops and eventually had her own Burlesque Course with regular weekly lessons to women not intending to do "Burlesque" as professionals. She found out, as a women, as a performer and as a teacher, she had a lot to share and give even to women just willing to improve their sexual consciousness, developing new or old (and hidden!) seductive weapons, trying to find in Burlesque a new dimension to get to know themselves more deeply and sincerely. Teaching both to amateur and professional performers, Cleo Viper had the chance to meet and inter-act with all kinds of women, learning a lot about herself too, when confronted with different kind of professionals and type of girls. She developed during the years a very particular and distinctive way to work with the ladies (sometimes rough and aggressive, but always fun and loud, with a very true and genuine rock'n'roll attitude) which made her the most requested and famous Burlesque Teacher in Italy. She now has Workshops and Classes all over the country.
Having more of a "theatrical" background, than a "dancing" one, Cleo Viper focuses her lessons on the process of creating an artistic "persona", a "burlesque" alter-ego that would reflects dreams, nightmares and hopes of the women involved in her class. Starting from the basics of Burlesque (movements, poses, history), Cleo Viper pushes her ladies to the boundaries of their fantasies, trying to catch that one particular dream and character that the girl will then try to re-create. This process is driven by the idea of a very personal and peculiar way to feel and be seductive: against the approach of facing a "group" of girls, Cleo Viper likes to think about every woman in her class as a unique and special one, that will be asked to work independently from the others, facing her own way to feel and be sexy in a satisfactory and happy way. Most of the times, her Workshop will also include the creation of choreography.
Some basic burlesque or dance experience required
What to Wear: Something comfortable to move in and dance in
Bring some water
Time: 1.5 hours