On Stage

On Stage
Violetta Beretta limbers up for the Hawai‘i Burlesque Festival.
Image: Courtesy Violetta Beretta

Art of the Tease

On Stage / The pinup girls of postcard yore are materializing, becoming fleshed-out versions of those iconic 1940s lithographs, scantily clad and ready for business–show business.

The First Annual Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue Presented by Violetta Baretta culminates with a revue at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre, sure to loosen up the usually tighter room with victory rolls, twirling tassels and dropping drawers. But don’t get your bloomers in a twist. Know that there’s more to burlesque than vintage pasties and garter belts.

“The emphasis is more on the tease and not on the strip,” says Violetta Beretta, producer and director of the Hawaii Burlesque Festival. “It’s a form of dancing that involves elaborate props, costumes and humor,” all elements that Beretta hopes people will make note of as they watch the performances. From costumes involving plumage to the basics of burlesque, drag and coquetry, you’re sure to leave more educated and titillated.

Enjoy responsibly as the best of cabaret and burlesque bare all for a night dedicated to vaudeville, bustiers and the good old-fashioned tease.

Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Sat., 10/20, 7:30pm, $25–$30, [honolulumuseum.org], [hawaiiburlesquefestival.com]