the body political

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Created & Presented by Andi Stardust

and Laika Fox


Saturday October 12 @ 8pm

Doors Open @ 7pm

General admission

The Body Political is a burlesque and variety show that confronts social myths about the body
through personal stories of resistance and reclamation. Through burlesque, drag, poetry, dance,
and performance art, performers explore the intricacies of their identities, examine their
relationships with their bodies, and challenge how their bodies are perceived in this world.
Topics explored include racism and racial stereotypes, blackness, queerness, gender
expectations, trans-visibility and invisibility, ageism, reproductive rights, and fat phobia and fat

Anghell from Venezuela
Bessie Snow
Cruel Valentine
Darius Simpson
Jean Wildest
Lil Cotton Flower
Sheffield Belmont
Siomai Moore
TEA! just TEA!

Hosted by:
Magnoliah Black
Produced by:
Team StarFox (Andi Stardust & Laika Fox)

TICKETS: $30 GA, $45 VIP
This is a seated theater show. VIP ticket holders will have reserved seats. GA seats are first-
come, first-serve.

The Body Political has been praised by audiences as:
“hands-down the best and most resonant burlesque show I have ever seen”
“an emotional rollercoaster of realness, joy, and struggle”, and
“one of the most inspiring, powerful, and meaningful nights of my life thus far”. 
Thrillist called it, “a deep dive into the ways bodies are controlled, denied, and marginalized by
social and political institutions.”
Join us for a night of powerful entertainment.


Andi Stardust and Laika Fox (Team StarFox) bonded over their passion for political, subversive burlesque, and have been scheming and collaborating since 2012. They loved burlesque for it’s celebration of all bodies, but noticed a lack of pieces examining what it means to have a body in this world. Driven by a desire to see more storytelling and resistance in the burlesque world, the duo dreamed of a burlesque show all about the body.

Meanwhile, they continued to produce radical, provocative burlesque pieces about their own bodies. Other performers began approaching them asking for support and mentorship in creating their own personal and vulnerable pieces. The duo realized there was need for a safe space to create and perform these acts. And thus, The Body Political was born!

They also share a love of David Bowie, unicorns, space, and spreadsheets



2257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614





       Monday :     CLOSED
 - Saturday:    12pm - 6pm*
       Sunday:    12pm - 4pm*

*or 30 minutes after final scheduled showtime.