Oblique Diva

My affinity for burlesque comes down to burlesque being a form that exists in oblique juxtaposition to traditional theater. Bertolt Brecht loved burlesque. He incorporated its techniques not only for the purpose of social satire, but also to satirize (and celebrate) the artificiality of theater.

As a performer, Lotte Lenya embodied Brecht's oblique theatrical vision. She was an oblique diva, as is Legs Malone, whose image I sampled/processed to create the animation running above in oblique tribute to Bertolt Brecht, Lotte Lenya, and Legs Malone.

© 2009 Peter Schmideg

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