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Washington Square Park in the flesh; Burlesque troupe shakes things up

The weather finally has been getting a bit nippy lately, but just a couple of weeks ago burlesque performers were letting it all hang out in Washington Square Park.

The emcee had a green Van Dyke. Why not? (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The performers came equipped with poles and other equipment. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The mimes’ / performers’ acrobatic poses spoke to their physical conditioning. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

Five members of The Misfit Mime troupe put on quite a performance. They were constantly dancing or spinning or doing aerial acrobatics on an elevated hoop, making photography a bit challenging, even for the likes of Everynight Charley Crespo.

The troupe were illuminated by ever-changing lights. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

The emcee painted a green day-glo Van Dyke around her lips, which explains the oddity of some of her face shots.

No nets. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The event definitely put Washington Square Park into a different perspective. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)


  1. Sandy Russo Sandy Russo October 14, 2020

    Did the burlesque performers in Washington Square Park have a permit? Was their music any louder than the group who were celebrating black lives, whom the police attacked both at the park and at 10th Street near the 6th Precinct?

    • The Village Sun The Village Sun Post author | October 15, 2020

      We asked the photographer, Everynight Charley Crespo, about it, and here’s his response: “The emcee used a microphone with an amp, but most of the time she spoke commentary about the dancers or solicited tips. As I recall, the emcee called up prerecorded music from her telephone. The dancers danced to the prerecorded music that boomed from the troupe’s amplifiers. In addition, the emcee sang into her microphone to a few tracks. I do not remember if there was a public address system or speakers, but the microphone was louder than it needed to be.” As for whether they had permit, we’re guessing probably not.

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