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Burlesque Stripped Bare

Demon Derriere, Kelly Ann Doll & Porcelain Alice

Body positive, queer, inclusive - burlesque ain't what it used to be!
Join three of Sydney's most in-demand performers to strip back assumptions and explore the Artform's radical roots.

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“Most of the time women are in charge...I could be very feminine, but still be in control and strong."

Porcelain Alice

Beyond striptease: the subversive art of burlesque

Burlesque may once have been just about pandering to the male gaze, but it has now evolved into an arena of personal power. Within the community of showgirls in vintage costumes, every body is a burlesque body, and every performer is a storyteller-choreographer who enters into a dialogue with an audience and decides exactly how much they want to reveal. Join performers Porcelain Alice, Demon Derriere and Kelly Ann Doll as they reveal the history of neo-burlesque.

Part panel, part performance, each artist will do a short number that embodies empowerment, diversity, agency, and embracing female sexuality. Don't miss this fun education about feminism, resistance, and women taking up space.

Co-curated by Porcelain Alice
Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Demon Derriere is a queer POC who is Hard of Hearing (HoH). Through dance and music, her practice explores vibration, ‘otherness’ and identity through a fusion of twerk, strip-tease and neo-burlesque. She explores body positivity and inclusivity to challenge stereotypes associated with dance, breaking free from the marginalisation, oppression and discrimination many ethnic women face. In 2022 she is curating a fierce festival of self-love and body positivity: Big Thick Energy.

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Burlesque artist, event booker and producer Porcelain Alice has performed burlesque and sideshow stunts for audiences both nationally and internationally for over five years. Embodying vintage glamour, she twists tease with raw sexuality and adds a dash of sideshow spectacular. It is no wonder she was dubbed The Sideshow Supermodel by Rachel Atlas whilst on tour in the UK. More than just a showgirl, Alice is also a producer and has curated over 200 local and international acts.

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Kelly Ann Doll is the ‘high octane’ Australian Burlesque Powerhouse. With more titles under her belt than a heavyweight champion, Kelly Ann Doll is based in Sydney and has been entertaining the nation for well over a decade. Her everlasting energy and skills have seen her skyrocket her way to a successful career not only in the Burlesque Arena but as a producer, mentor and creative director to some of the Nation’s leading event companies and clientele.

Experience all about women live on Stream

This year, All About Women will be livestreamed on Stream, Sydney Opera House's online streaming platform. Watch a single talk, or settle in for the day to reflect on burning questions about gender, equality, and justice with a Festival Pass.

A selection of ten talks will be livestreamed from this year's festival. Click here to explore the livestream program and see the talks that you can enjoy wherever you are.

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mentorship + talk
All About Women has partnered with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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