When it comes to tracing the history of the second revolution of the hoola hoop, we know that the hoop began to reappear at jam band music festivals, followed by underground raves. Several years ago, however, we also began seeing the hoop show up on the burlesque stage. In fact, one can draw pretty significant parallels between a renewed interest in the art of burlesque and a renewed interest in the hula hoop. What is burlesque for those that may not know? We’re talking about artistic compositions, especially literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity. It’s about humorous and at times provocative stage acts featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and typically a scantily clad female chorus – like the one featured in the film Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher.
Part of the inherent charm of incorporating the hula hoop into something more provocative on the burlesque stage seems to stem from the hoop’s relatively inherent innocence, a clean cut image freshly white washed from the 1950’s. The Vivacious Miss Audacious explained, “The beauty of hooping is that it can be sensual without being sexual.” And when Miss Saturn, Audacious of Audacious Hoops and Jordana Marielle of the White Elephant Burlesque Society started spinning things up on the burlesque stage a whole other wave of hula hoop enthusiasm began rolling on in. And now, we’re delighted to announce the Audacious one herself and Chi Chi Revolver (pictured) have come on board to co-moderate our new Burlesque Hoopers forum, a private group for those over eighteen years of age. If you’re a burlesque hooper or are simply interested in the art thereof, drop on in.