Thursday April 28, 2016

League of Exotique Dancers spotlights veteran 'bad girls' of burlesque

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Feathers and pasties and stockings — oh my! A new documentary, League of Exotique Dancers takes audiences inside the golden era of burlesque, which stormed Las Vegas in the '50s, '60s and '70s.

The film, which opens the Hot Docs festival in Toronto tonight, spotlights the legendary stars who took centre stage — including burlesque hall of famers Camille 2000 and Judith Stein.

League of Exotique Dancers

The colourful Judith Stein is among the burlesque hall of famers featured in the new documentary, League of Exotique Dancers. (League of Exotique Dancers/Storyline Entertainment)



Today Camille, Judith and director Rama Rau join guest host Gill Deacon to discuss the glitzy industry, the gritty problems that lurked just beneath the surface, and why they bill the film as "an alternate history of feminism".

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for League of Exotique Dancers. 

Plus, browse a series of archival portraits of the burlesque dancers featured in the film.

Judith Stein

Archival riches featuring Camille 2000, one of the subjects of the new documentary, League of Exotique Dancers. (League of Exotique Dancers/Storyline Entertainment)


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Holiday O'Hara is another one of the the burlesque hall of famers featured in League of Exotique Dancers. (League of Exotique Dancers/Storyline Entertainment)


Judith

It wasn't all glitz: Hall of Fame burlesque dancer Judith Stein recalls performing on crates in cramped beer halls. (League of Exotique Dancers/Storyline Entertainment)


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Judith Stein and her boa. (League of Exotique Dancers/Storyline Entertainment)