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Friday, February 6, 2009

Dita Von Teese: Americans have forgotten Burlesque history

Dita Van TeaseDita Von Teese is looking forward to starting her two week residence at Paris' most famous nude revue - insisting the French appreciate burlesque as an art form rather than a racy routine.

The raven-haired siren will titillate audiences at the city's notorious Crazy Horse venue, with her stint running through the most romantic day of the year - St. Valentine's Day on 14 February.

And the star - whose famous routines include using larger-than-life martini glasses and carousel horses - can't wait to return to the city of love, because her fellow Americans have forgotten that her performances are entertainment and not just strip-shows.

She says, “I’m just trying to bring back the original art form.

“Unfortunately it seems that now in America they’ve lost all sense of what burlesque really is. It’s just something very racy for them.

“It’s not like in France where they still remember names like Mistinguett and Josephine Baker. In America they’ve completely forgotten this and have a hard time coming to terms with the idea that striptease could’ve been a form of classic entertainment. I like coming here to be appreciated.”

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