Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

First Advisor

Caden Manson

Second Advisor

David Neumann


Burlesque performance contains liberatory potential for the performer, by allowing them to engage with their body, sensuality, and identity. However, it is also a form that requires acquiescence to the male gaze. How can a form offer liberation while simultaneously engaging with objectification and sexualization? Through reflecting on her own work in burlesque, speaking to other burlesque dancers, examining the field through a historical and critical lens, and analyzing the process of building a solo show in burlesque forms, the author explores the extent to which liberation is viable through burlesque.