266 Imogen Kelly – Close To The Bone

Imogen reflects on bodies, history, gender and connection, remembering her mother, an ex-partner and her childhood.

Imogen Kelly is a performance artist, writer, director and producer. Hailing from the queer underground, Imogen is renowned as Australia’s Queen of Burlesque and was officially crowned World Queen of Burlesque in 2012 (Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas).
 A La Clique/ La Soiree veteran and creator of award winning burlesque theatre shows, Imogen has performed in The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Vivid Festival, The New York Burlesque Festival, The Noumea Burlesque Festival, Helsinki Burlesque Festival, Prague, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Toronto, Hamburg, Berlin and beyond. During COVID Imogen has been making short films of her performance pieces and is preparing for an exhibition in late 2021. This year she is launching three shows in Sydney including The La La Parlour, a quarterly variety night, Herstory- The Walls Are Talking- a trip through the history of Australia’s Red Light district as told by the women who worked there,and a gargantuan celebration of her life’s work in a retrospective later in the year.

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