MEET THE MEMORY COLLECTORS.
It takes a lot of people to protect a legacy. Here are your australian burlesque association board members and state co-ordinators. There are many more however, who make a huge difference to our work by volunteering. If you'd like to be involved, keep an eye on the "what's new" page to see what vacancies are coming up.
MEET THE MEMORY COLLECTORS
Founder of the Australian Burlesque Museum in 2014, Bella de Jac is continuing her work in the role of Co-director. With a bachelor degree in Creative Industries in theatre, dance and film, Bella has had a lifelong passion for the performing arts and through this museum hopes to not only provide valuable resources for the study of Australia's performing arts history, but to celebrate the incredible people behind this bold and bawdy art form. Bella is a passionate advocate for sex-positive and body-positive art and work, focussing recent work on the political nature of the body.
Dr Lola Montgomery Marley
Curator for Research
Dr Lola Montgomery Marley joins the Australian Burlesque Museum core team as our Curator for Research. In this role she will be guiding longitudinal research projects and providing academic direction for large-scale data collection. Dr Montgomery Marley is arguably better known in burlesque as Lola The Vamp. A bona fide icon who’s burlesque lineage has seen her deeply involved in the development of the Australian burlesque world since 2002.
The first PhD to perform burlesque in theatre history, her doctoral submission A Burlesque consisted of a creative film documentary component and written thesis on the individual enactment of burlesque.
Lola was the first Australian to perform at Burlesque Hall of Fame and one of the first revival performers to showcase at Edinburgh Fringe. Lola was also the only Australian headliner of the premier and groundbreaking US event Tease-o-rama.
Lola is also a lecturer at SAE Creative Media Institute and is very proud to be taking on the role of Research Curator for the Australian Burlesque Museum.
Lila Luxx is joining the Australian Burlesque Museum core team as our Volunteer Coordinator. In this role she will implement methods and strategies for involving the Australian burlesque community and managing the national volunteer network.
A renowned producer, performer, choreographer and creative visionary, Lila Luxx is the Director of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, co-Director of The Burlesque Cruise and co-Producer of the Australian Burlesque Festival.
Lila’s passion for event management and production lead her to study a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) and Post Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural Management. After 6 years at Queensland’s major performing arts centre coordinating the execution of event contracts and high profile settlements, Lila became a freelance producer. Since 2014, Lila has been part of producing teams responsible for delivering the G20 Commonwealth Cultural Component for world leaders, the world record breaking Valentine's Busk and film programs, circus, cabaret and orchestral events for Brisbane Festival.
In her performance career Lila has performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2017 in the Mover, Shaker & Innovator Showcase and as Best Debut contender in 2016. She has headlined the Perth International Burlesque Festival in 2016 and the Australian Burlesque Festival in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded The Bustie for Most Outstanding Contribution at The Australian Burlesque Community Awards.