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Performers

imogen kelly

sydney, Nsw


Imogen Kelly is notoriously known as Australia’s Queen of burlesque and has been making provocative whoopee for a quarter of a century. 


Imogen holds a BFA in Film and performance (College of Fine Arts 1995), a diploma in Circus Arts (ZACCA- UK 1998), a diploma in film-making (Sydney University 2000) and a degree in directing ((National Institute of Dramatic Arts 2002). 

Imogen is a free-lance performance artist well known for her disembowelling of showgirl genres. She is a pioneer of women’s performance movements in Australia and is globally celebrated for her work. 


From Moulin Rouge chorus cutie to game show hostess, from peep show work through to doing shows for sheiks, Imogen has experience showgirl life on many levels. Imogen was co-creator of the worlds first all women’s strip club Gurlesque (1999), is the first burlesque performer to be allowed to grid at the Sydney Opera House (2002) and is so loved by The City of Sydney that the city was shut down to allow for her public wedding in front of thousands of onlookers (Sydney Festival 2008) .

Imogen currently tours her feminist comedy show, Herstory , featuring her short films and performances. 

Imogen was crowned World Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2012. She is celebrated as Australia’s Queen of Burlesque for lobbying for legislative changes concerning women’s rights during The Woods Commission in 1994. This allowed for performers of striptease to be classed as entertainers and they could work outside of the red light district.

Imogen is a breast cancer survivor, losing both of her breasts in her year as World Queen. She runs her own breast cancer campaign through the Chris Obrien Lifehouse called DUKES UP. It is aimed at restoring women’s confidence after surgery.


Imogen is currently writing her first book, A Bad Girl’s Guide to Revolution. It is being published a chapter a month through New York based magazine Burlesque Beat. 


Imogen Kelly will be performing at the following event: 

Dark of the Cabaret Couture Ball- 24th June 2016

Glitter, Garters & Tease - 25th June 2016


Check out Imogen Kelly's Facebook here!

Photo by Angela O'Connell


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