Anti-art performance drawn from burlesque

Shirley Symmott sketches while Cheviace Stylet poses in the background at Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art...
Shirley Symmott sketches while Cheviace Stylet poses in the background at Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School last night, part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

It was a most tasteful display.

Certainly there were tassles, tattoos and complex corsetry.

There was quite the expanse of flesh, to be fair, and gloves were flicked into the audience in a careless, almost wanton manner.

But the night was about art - or Fringe Festival-style anti-art perhaps - and the civilised Dunedin folk who politely clapped and whooped to a quite raunchy burlesque performance at Taste Merchants last night were there to draw.

About 30 well mannered people turned up to Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School - Decadence through the Decades.

Performer Cheviace Stylet minced and preened, shedding a dress, and corset, leaving little more than tassles, before those fell to the floor.

Three quick poses followed, as pencils scratched away on paper, and a variety of images appeared - one with just feathers and eyes, and others more complete.

''I can't draw,'' one woman exclaimed, covering her work.

Organiser Aaralyn (aka Tracey Saunders) described the evening as a mix between life drawing and cabaret.

''We have burlesque performers coming in to do their routine, then they strike dynamic poses for guests to sketch.''

The result was ''a social atmosphere'', where people could talk among themselves while they drew.

Positive responses, however, were encouraged.

''It's not like a standard life drawing class.

''If it's a great pose they should clap and cheer.''

''I want them to see good poses that inspire them to draw.''

The show is on at Taste Merchants again tonight.

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