Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 175–191 | Cite as

Identity Formation of Filipino Burlesque Performers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

  • Rhea Celestine Chong
  • Erika Anne delos ReyesEmail author
  • Paula Camille Rivera
  • Maria Regina Hechanova
Original Paper


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.


Burlesque Culture Sexuality Philippines 



We would like to thank Burlesque PH and their performers for participating in this study.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhea Celestine Chong
    • 1
  • Erika Anne delos Reyes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paula Camille Rivera
    • 1
  • Maria Regina Hechanova
    • 1
  1. 1.Ateneo de Manila UniversityQuezon CityPhilippines

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