May 23-26, 2013
Boylesque? Burlesque? Aerialists, fire eaters, jugglers and acrobats? The international Vaudeville Revival is in full bloom and gets a big stage at Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival.
In the fifth year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival, ABSfest offers three days of inspiration, education, shopping, and entertainment that no lover of these arts can afford to miss seeing international masters, with both workshops and dazzling, technical performances during the festival. They will be joined by talent from the world over in this juried extravaganza dedicated to Vaudeville, the People's Entertainment!
In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville, offering driven artists a relaxed environment to network, and for a community that nurtures raw, boundary-pushing, creativity. The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. Executive Producer Lauren 'Onça' O'Leary lives in the Paris of the South, and also tours the nation teaching and performing dance, music and stagecraft with the Mezmer Society and with the Accidental Circus.
It is the only event of its kind in the southeast. Most cities with Burlesque fests are large & metropolitan - New York, Vegas, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto...Asheville is far and away the smallest city to offer something like this both to artist and to the public. And that is Asheville all over: pleasures of a small town, cosmopolitan amenities.
For more: www.sideshowburlesque.org