The Empire Strips Back – A Star Wars Parody

March 7, 2016

Since the release of the newest Star Wars film, no one could stop talking about the franchise and how brilliant the film is; which is true! Before ‘The Force Awakens’ came out in the cinemas, the franchise already made a huge impact on pop culture, where you can buy sexy R2-D2 leotards, which can make any girl look sexy in them.

Now, you may have heard of storm trooper parades, but have you ever heard of Star Wars burlesque parodies? One dancing company has created a fantastic idea to bring some sci-fi sexiness, along with some good humour, to the front stage!

The rise of the sexy Star Wars burlesque!

There have been a couple of shows in Los Angeles, USA, that revolved around the theme of Star Wars; the show ‘Star Girls’ is said to be the founder of the science-fictional burlesque parody. But we haven’t heard anything about of these types of shows until earlier this year; when the creative director of ‘The Vanguard’, Russall S. Beattie, thought of the idea of producing a performance that was only meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

The show was first performed in August 2012 and was only meant to be a one-off performance. However, the creative director wasn’t prepared to see so many people demanding to see it again and again! The tickets for the first show sold out extremely fast, which made the cast and crew of the performance decide to continue with the Star Wars theme burlesque for another week. After that week, the tickets were sold out again and this continued for a whole month before Beattie decided to take the show out of Melbourne, Australia and put it on the road.

The original burlesque was based on the first movie that came out in 1977, ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’, where all of the sexy dancers reenacted every scene as both a parody and an homage to the iconic film. Due to the release of ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’, the cast and crew felt that they should continue with the story and develop a show based on ‘Episode VII: The Empire Strikes Back’.

For the new set, the production company had people who have worked on the costume designs of the actual movie to recreate the costumes that were portrayed in the film; how cool is that?! What makes the shows even cooler is the fact that after the first set of performances, Beattie and the production team decided to create a Star Wars themed Playboy magazine called ‘Wookieerotica’.

The book contains saucy photographs of lustrous women half dressed as some of the main characters from the franchise, along with fake reviews and articles that add humour to the magazine. One article that made me laugh was based on the scene from Episode VII with Princess Leia and Jabba the Hut, where the title of the piece was called ‘I danced for a hut’. C’mon, you can’t help but giggle at a pun like that!

The appraisals and criticisms that the show has received

I’m a science-fiction nerd who also likes seeing hot women dancing around on stage, and the fact that Beattie has decided to merge the world of Star Wars with the world of burlesque is a fantastic way to make nerdy stuff look sexy. Despite what you may think about the type of audience that would watch a burlesque show, around 50% of the viewers are female where the show can attract people from as young as 18 to as old as 70.

The creative director himself said that the show wasn’t made to be gratuitous, to make the viewers’ dicks hard and their pussies wet at the sight of a beautiful woman dressed in Boba Fett themed underwear. However, you can’t help but think about all of the passionate things that you could do with a girl who’s dressed up as Princess Leia, especially if you’re a fan of the franchise.

Burlesque shows, overall, are meant to give off a sexualized atmosphere, but they’re not the same as strip dances or lapdances where the performances are graphic enough to make anyone hot under the collar. In fact, these kinds of shows were traditionally created to spread humour to the audience; the fact that there are now many burlesque performances which are raunchy can be hilarious and sexy and the same time.

If you think that burlesques are the same as strip dances and lapdances, then I think you should reevaluate your thoughts. Strip dances and lapdances are solely focused on the sexual physique and movement of a person; to titillate the audience at from a mild to an extreme level.

Burlesque dancing does give off the same atmosphere, but they’re not focusing on making the audience cum in their pants. In a way, these kinds of performances can appeal to anyone who doesn’t particularly get turned on be generic sexual content. You hear a lot about the different kinds of kinks and fetishes that some people have, so maybe burlesque can be something that appeals to guys and girls on a broader scale.

Do you want to watch the show? Fly over to Australia!

If you’re going to ask me if the ‘Empire Strips Back’ is on a worldwide tour; unfortunately it isn’t. The show is only hosted in Australia, where the dance group has performed in Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra this year.

However, the Star Wars Playboy parody magazine is on sale on their website which costs $50.00 per copy; that’s the Australian dollars and not the US. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and you get a little horny over the site of a sexy girl with a lightsaber, what could be stopping you from adding another item to your ‘personal drawer’?

For those who have any thoughts about the Star Wars themed burlesque that is currently being showcased in Australia, make sure that you leave your comments in the section below. If you were given the chance to create a hot burlesque performance, what film would you base it on?

Zoe Jaspers
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