BHoF 2014: Sunday Night – Icons and All-Stars
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Hi everybody, it’s us, Kitten ‘N’ Lou! After working our rhinestoned patooties off all weekend to win the title of ‘Most Comedic’ on Saturday night, we were delighted to just sit back, relax, sip on a giant pineapple cup filled with tequila, and be dazzled by the parade of Icons and All-Stars that graced the stage at the Sunday night show.
21st Century Burlesque Magazine Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 Coverage is sponsored by Fancy Feather.
We love the vibe of Sunday night: the competition is over, there are no more f*cks to give, people are just ready to let their fake hair down and enjoy a fabulous show and remember what the evening is really about: Jett Adore’s abs. We kid! It’s about celebrating people that have already established themselves as being true innovators and yes, icons, in our industry. So let’s get this party started!
Koko La Douce kicked off the event with a dreamy and clever balloon act, sending a giant translucent orb bouncing around the theatre before wowing the audience with an instant costume change by suddenly ‘revealing’ a magical gown in a shower of confetti from the popped balloon (props to innovative German costumier Hedo Luxe!) There was a lot of performer debate about whether excessive glitter should be allowed on the BHoF stage, as it can be very dangerous. Koko’s moment was at least exciting and beautiful enough to make one briefly consider its merit, but maybe at the end of show? Just a thought.
Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey did an incredible act that made both marriage and bestiality look, well… HOT. Linked together by a leash, they did what they do best: hilarious yet incredibly skilled and powerful acrobatic shenanigans. Performed to a cover of The Cramps Primitive this act was also white hot, dirty, and totally rock ‘n’ roll. Love those two so hard!
Captain Kidd is a complete freaking maniac. He came out in hilariously busted trash drag, sporting a neon green bikini, huge blonde hair, more blue eye shadow than Jesus, and proceeded to hula 600 hoops at once like a super tan, ripped, painted, shrieking Tasmanian Devil… and everyone ate it up and asked for more! Brilliant.
We may not be able to describe this next performance without taking a cold shower break in the midst of typing. The official title given this new act is ‘Ritual Calling of the Gods of FUCK’, and it certainly lived up to its name. She of the ‘Ass That Goes Pow’, she of the tiniest crotch-coverers in the biz, she of the smouldering sex stare… We give you Michelle L’amour. Actually, nobody gives you Michelle L’amour except for Michelle L’amour herself, and boy did she ever! Like some sort of ancient priestess/goddess figure she did a powerful, sexual, ponytail-whipping real-deal dance. Naked. Our feeling is that if you are going to perform burlesque barefoot then this is your standard. (Bonus points: she finished in nothing but a giant headdress and heels brought out by robed attendants… bam!)
Leave it to Tigger! to refresh your brain palate on day four of non-stop burlesque watching by doing a completely mimed striptease wearing nothing but his birthday suit, chandelier earrings, and a nude cock piece. Simple, bold, effective, genius.
We could go on all night, there was so much great stuff, but a few more highlights include:
– The legendary Dusty Summers charmed the audience with her witty magic routine.
– Stephanie Blake (Miss Exotic World 1997 and 1998) wowed everyone with her incredible flexy-bendy floor work! We need to find out what this woman’s fitness routine is, stat.
– We’ve already rhapsodised about Perle Noire’s fan dance in our Helsinki Burlesque Festival Diary, so we’ll just point out the obvious: she blew the roof off that place. Again.
– El Vez was the perfect host, an icon in his own right, providing the perfect amount of razzle-dazzle high-energy camp to effectively engage an audience that had been drinking Bud Lite Lime by the pool since 2pm.
– Clad in the honouree’s signature massive showgirl/boy feathered creations, April March and Jett Adore presented a tribute of epic proportions to Grant Philipo, who has had a showbiz career of equally epic proportions. (Side note: Jett and Ms. March should star together in a buddy movie, as they may be the most adorable onstage duo ever.)
– Foxy Tann & the Wham-Bam Thank You Ma’ams had the crowd high on their great dancing and comedy in this tribute to their favourite all-star, Mary Jane. (Get it cuz weed y’all!)
– The Stage Door Johnnies performed a brand new and ambitious act that really showcased what powerful and graceful dancers these boys are, even when the camp gets stripped away. We can’t wait to see how this act develops over time. (Not to mention it really feeds into any filthy SDJ man-on-man-on-man fantasies you might happen to harbour… PERVERTS.)
After a weekend of non-stop-in-your-face-intense burlesque magic, this show was the perfect way to close it out with a bang. We were so honoured to be part of it this year. Thank you all, and congrats to everyone who contributed to its success. Kitten N’ Lou love you!
21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.