BBC.com recently posted a story about the odyssey of a pair of Westerners who tried to bring classic burlesque to China. Initially they were welcomed as a means of bringing Western tourists to the district they set up shop in but over time clashes over their content vs. local mores brought things to a sad end.
“If the strangeness of opening a burlesque club in China had not occurred to Amelia Kallman and Norman Gosney as a Buddhist cleansing ceremony took place in their future venue, it certainly did when they found themselves submitting Frank Sinatra lyrics to be vetted by the local cultural department.
“The couple opened the first cabaret nightclub of its kind in Shanghai in 2009.
“And the story of their rise and fall is now a stage show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“‘It’s a cautionary tale” says Kallman. “And a love story'”.
read the whole story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33960532
thanks for Soror Hypatia for the tip!!