June 13 2013

Image of "Perception-changing"

Picture: Telegraph

I post this, from the Telegraph, without comment:

The [National] Trust is hosting two “perception-changing” events this month, featuring displays of the risqué and racy danceform, as part of an attempt to appear less “buttoned-up” and to attract new, younger visitors to its properties. It follows a dismal year for the Trust in 2012, when the wet weather was blamed for a four per cent drop in visitor numbers.

One of the events is being held at Killerton, an 18th century house set in a 6,400 acre estate near Exeter, which until now has been best known for its collection of historical costumes.

Burlesque shows, which have enjoyed a revival in recent years, involve titillating performances by women in ornate, tasselled garments. However, the Trust assures that the Devon event will feature “tasteful dancing” from the performers, who will be “showing off their corsets, feathers and pearls”.

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