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Polar Bare: New York Strippers Combat Climate Change By Playing Dead And Eating Balloons

by | 17th, January 2014

PA 15258412 Polar Bare: New York Strippers Combat Climate Change By Playing Dead And Eating Balloons

 

WHAT are you doing to combat climate change? Nothing? Separating your rubbish into lots of plastic bins? Dressing as a fur-shedding polar bear. Sarah Laskow spots New Yorker Una Aya Osato, who joined Brown Girls Burlesque. Says her sister Michi, who also works with the troupe: “These are big big questions. And sometimes for such big questions, we need big mediums.”

So. PolarBare.

But as he begins going hunting, he’s uncomfortably hot, and he’s distracted by that. He realizes he can take off a layer of fur, so he begins stripping. He goes back to hunting, but he’s so continually distracted. He keeps stripping because it’s so hot. He starts to get feverish chills, and has to keep stripping down and stripping down to pasties.

He eventually catches a fish, but it’s toxic. And he eats it and dies.

Off. Off. Off.

The audience the whole time is like, “Oooh, ha ha! Awww! Oh, yeah, take it off! Oh … ah … uh …?” And at the end, I’m just frozen dead on the stage for an awkward amount of time, until they’re like, “Oh, it’s really dead.” At first, it’s funny — a polar bear stripping! And then at the end, “Oh, the polar bears are going to die.”

Encore:

So we have a piece in the show where we look at that through balloon consumption. There’s this one clown who gets served all the balloons and is so excited to eat them all. And the other clown is just given one and doesn’t have anything. The first clown wants pictures taken of it with these balloons everywhere and doesn’t even know what do with all the balloons, and the other one is withering away because it doesn’t have any balloons. So it’s showing inequality in a fun, playful way, but at the heart of it is [she pulls a sad clown face] reality.

It is beyond parody.

Spotter: Grist

 



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