Welcome to the second issue of Pastie Politics, a zine and trade journal about burlesque and feminism. In this issue we look at ideas of community and issues that affect our burlesque network, as seen through a feminist lens.
Featuring perspectives from new and established performers, we explore ideas of support, from both within the community and from our friends and audiences. From the vulnerabilities that affect new performers, to the politics of pay, to the schism between our Neo and Classic forms of performance—this issue is packed with critique designed to open up discussion.
Being part of a community does not mean necessarily sharing the same ideas and values about what is important in burlesque, or even what burlesque necessarily is. However it is important that as a community we have these discussions in order to move forward and develop so we don’t continually fall back on the status quo.
For this issue Pastie Politics was also fortunate to talk to three ofNew Zealand’s top producers about the art of producing a burlesque/variety show. We hope readers take away a greater understanding of the processes that go into creating a show, and take the precedents set by these producers as encouragement to chase your goals and be a bad-ass boss.
Pastie Politics aims to contribute to the development of the New Zealand burlesque community by showcasing writing and artwork by performers on the theme of burlesque and feminism/gender. Pastie Politics is inclusive of all genders/gender expressions. If you would like to contribute to future issues email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amourous Ava is an Auckland-based burlesque performer and the creator of Pastie Politics. She has been performing since 2011 and is known predominately for romping around enthusiastically in her underpants as characters inspired by B-Grade horror movies, as well as being occasionally, if not always completely intentionally, hilarious.
Known as ‘The Fastest Ass in the West’, Amourous Ava has an abiding and equal fondness for both political subtext and vigorous booty shaking. She is quite a perverse creature and enjoys challenging peoples expectations of what a scantily-clad woman should do in public.
When she’s not writing for, designing and publishing Pastie Politics, Amourous Ava performs throughout New Zealand and internationally. She enjoys being a small business owner, a creative professional, a feminist and a burlesque performer, and she hopes you enjoy this zine.