Victorians will be treated to the best of both coasts when the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue teams up with Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go! from New York City for their show at Lucky Bar.
“There will be a flurry of glitter, make-up and hairspray backstage. We’ll have to do everything we can to not get stuck together by all the double-sided tape,” laughs Champagne Sparkles, a founding member of the Cheesecakes.
“This will be a really unusual event for Victoria, to see award-winning burlesque of this quality,” she adds.
Coming off their third national tour this year, the ladies from Brooklyn’s Dangerous Curves Ahead—Minnie Tonka, GiGi La Femme, Anita Cookie, Clams Casino and Darlinda Just Darlinda — have traveled the globe, bringing their edgy style of burlesque to stages in London, Miami and Off Broadway theatres. Its members have won multiple awards at the Burlesque Hall of Fame pageant in Las Vegas. This will be their first trip to Canada, and they’re making it in a Dodge minivan, which they fondly named Luis. “Imagine five burlesque ladies with all our costumes, props and day clothing packed into a car. It’s quite the experience!” says Minnie Tonka.”Our cars are a big part of our tour experience — we basically live out of them.”
The two troupes will come together to offer New York Cheesecake, a blend of the Cheesecakes’ sassy style and some edgy rock ’n’ roll from New York City.
“Our act ranges from very classic burlesque to really comedic acts, to rock and roll and pop culture,” says GiGi La Femme, winner of the 2011 Golden Pastie award for Perfect Posterior.
“We’d love to tell you all about our show, but we can’t give away everything, after all, this is a striptease,” says Darlinda Just Darlinda, who is a current faculty member at the New York School of Burlesque. “We’ll also be offering some international flavour,” she giggles.
The two troupes met at the New York Burlesque Festival last year. “Dangerous Curves Ahead told us they were doing a tour of the Pacific Northwest and we asked if they’d be interested in joining us for a show,” says Sparkles.
“We were blown away by the Cheesecakes after their group act at the festival and we decided to reach out to them,” Minnie Tonka says.
The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue is fresh off “Cheesy Con 2011,” a sort of professional development weekend at the Sun Lotus resort outside Duncan.
“We had a Cheesecake Convention. A little retreat to spend time together in a group and teach each other all the things we’ve learned as individuals at other conventions,” says Sparkles.
In keeping with the Easter theme, the Cheesecakes will offer some “sacrilicious” entertainment, altough it’s best assumed those celebrating the religious holiday should stay away.
Tickets at V.H. Studio Designs, Lyle’s Place or www.cheesecakeburlesque.com. M