I read this for a laugh, then got to these quotes from one of the performers–
“The work is close to the heart,” L’amour says. “We have an emotional connection to the pieces we have chosen.”
L’amour points out that the repeat audience at her salons come because of the readings. “They’ve already seen us naked, so that’s routine for them,” she says. “They come to hang on every word.”
The Globe and Mail article does a pretty fine job of illuminating the humanity of the story instead of just hyping the lurid stuff– there’s something kind of moving about the whole enterprise.
Naked girls reading? Burlesque turns a page
It has to be the most provocative literary series in the world with a title like “Naked Girls Reading,” but it’s exactly as advertised. Burlesque divas remove the pasties and G-strings – those time-honoured barriers to complete nudity – and grab a book.
And it’s an all-star international lineup of naked readers who kick off the five-day, third-annual Toronto Burlesque Festival at the Gladstone Hotel Wednesday night. NGR, in fact, is the newest phenomenon of the phenomenal burlesque revival.