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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cabaret Meets Art At Sydney Museum

burlesque sydneyThe Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a unique event on Friday 15 February where guests will literally 'draw' inspiration from live performances by three of Sydney's most celebrated burlesque stars.

The event is a one-off presentation of Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a global phenomenon which originated in Brooklyn, New York. Instigator Molly Crabapple developed the concept as an alternative to traditional 'boring life-drawing classes'.

Dr Sketchy's is an evening of cabaret and life drawing held fortnightly in Sydney a The ArtHouse Hotel. It presents an array of burlesque starlets, fetish models, magicians, hula hoop artists and elaborately costumed showgirls whose performance and poses provide the basis for guests to sketch in a series of individual pencil and charcoal drawings.

The MCA event will be held in the Museum's art-deco Foundation Hall, from 6pm until 9pm on Friday 15 February.

Throughout the evening, three professional burlesque dancers will create and hold a series of poses ranging from 2 minutes to 15 minutes, allowing guests time to capture a quick sketch of each. The dancers will also undergo a series of costume changes and perform live throughout the evening. Burlesque dancer Rachel St James (pictured) will base her performance out of an over- sized champagne glass.

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