Sword Swallowing Neo-Burlesque: Panther Power



This Neo- Burlesque act is a tribute to the Black Panther Party – original name Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. An African American revolutionary party, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The party’s original purpose was to patrol African American neighbourhoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with international chapters operating in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s and in Algeria from 1969 until 1972.

MisSa firmly believes that the values and ideas of the Black Panthers are still valid today. In fact this act is a direct answer to the racism MisSa has experienced herself building her career as a black woman in show business. She believes performers of colour need to stand up ad fight to destroy ideals that where build on racist structures in for example old Hollywood.

However this educational act brings all the joy of Burlesque and sword swallowing onto the stage but also invites the audience to rethink their actions in daily life.