English Heritage have proposed placing a plaque outside 1940s burlesque dancer and impresario Phyllis Dixey’s former abode. Unfortunately current residents of the art deco mansion and relatives of Phyllis Dixey have opposed the wording.
Phyllis Dixie Burlesque Legend
The initial plan was for the plaque to say ‘Phyllis Dixey, 1914 to 1964, Striptease Artiste lived here in flat number 15’. Residents of the home in Surbiton were contacted by English Heritage but refused to give their permission.
Dixey’s family agree that the wording would be unfortunate as her great-nephew, Oliver Dixey said, “A stripper in 2011 is completely different to what it was when she was doing it. We don’t want her portrayed in the same way.”
The term ‘burlesque’ has already been rejected as a term, which describes an American tradition. The family has relayed their agreement on the phrase ‘fan dancer’ and the residents have shown their support for the family’s wishes.
Yet the dispute continues as English Heritage wish to retain the original wording. They are currently supported by the British Music Hall Society who originally proposed the idea for the plaque.
Both groups seem to believe that ‘Striptease Artiste’ is the best description of what she did and negotiations are continuing, though it seems to have arrived at a stalemate. For more information click here.
See more Phyllis Dixie in Four 40s Burlesque Burly-Q Queens.
Burlexe is a sensational London burlesque show inspired by the women who created the genre and perform the art. It fuses burlesque performance with storytelling, dancing with acting.
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