Identity Formation of Filipino Burlesque Performers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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Burlesque has seen a resurgence in the form of recreation and exists in different parts of the globe. This study uses the lens of interpretative phenomenological analysis in examining the identity formation of recreational Filipino burlesque performers. Results reveal that performers see burlesque as an art form where they are able to freely express themselves, tell a story, and create a persona distinct from their main self. In the process of improving their sense of self and confidence they seek to empower others and appreciate their sexuality. However, the influence of culture is evident in the identity formation process, as they report the prevalence of stigma with some performers needing to hide their identities from their parents and employers. However, support from family members, peers and their burlesque community offers a safe space as their identities continue to evolve.