Vaudeville and Burlesque


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Vaudeville and Burlesque

  1. 1. American Vaudeville, more so than any other mass entertainment grew out of vaudeville - Comes while saloons, music-halls and Burlesque from a French composer calling his songs "chanson du Vau de. vire"—"song of the valley of Vire shortened to "vau Burlesque The word de ville." burlesque comes from the Latin word burrameaning nonsense and the Italian word burlameaning mockery Stage entertainment offering a variety of short acts such as slapstick turns, song-and-dance routines, In the 19th Century the name burlesque was and juggling performances. applied to a wide range of comic plays, including non- musicals, during the 1840s A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subjecteither by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or these works entertained the lower and middle an inconsequential subject in a dignified style classes in Great Britain and the united states by By the 1860s, British burlesque relied on the display of shapely, underdressed women to keep audiences interested. making fun of the operas, plays and social habits of In the Victorian age, when proper women went to great lengths to hide their physical form beneath bustles, the upper class. hoops and frills, the idea of young ladies appearing onstage in tights was a powerful challenge.
  2. 2. Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of Burlesque is a very old and veryvariety entertainment in the United popular form of entertainment,States and Canada from the early 1880s which began in the 1840s all theuntil the early 1930s. By the 1880’s half of way through to the 1960’s. It wasthe population was now concentrated in used by the working classtowns and cities, who wanted affordable performers as a way to mock theentertainment on a regular basis. Most upper classes, their traditions,variety shows were too harsh for women social habits, culture and fashionor children to attend, and many other and many of the performances were spoofs of operas,shows were already declining in popularity. Shakespeare and other classicAs phonographs, film, radio and television literature and plays. Thedid not exist yet, this was a great way to performances relied on mockerykeep the audience entertained. Vaudeville and played to the audiencesentertainment consisted of 10 to 15 desire for laughter and lust. Dueindividual acts, featuring magicians, to the naughty nature of theacrobats, comedians, trained animals, performances, burlesque usuallysingers, dancers and more. The great targeted working class men, but asfinancial depression of the 1930s and the word spread it drew a widergrowth of radio and television caused the audience including a large scale ofrapid decline of vaudeville and to its women.virtual disappearance after World War II.