Lily Verlaine brings Erotic Ballet to Triple Door

Like many wild imaginings that have materialized into full scale performances, such as the annual Land of the Sweets and Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, Lily Verlaine’s new work Giselle began, like so many of her endeavors, with the question: “What if?”  What if the familiar characters of the classical ballet […]

J. Von Stratton Celebrates 'Queen of the Roses' Win With Stunning Photo Shoot

J. Von Stratton Celebrates ‘Queen of the Roses’ Win With Stunning Photo Shoot

J. Von Stratton was recently crowned ‘Queen of the Roses’ at the annual Oregon Burlesque Festival. The festival is a three day burlesque art exhibition with over seventy performances featuring artists from across the US and abroad. J. Von Stratton, who blends “humour, over-the-top glitz and fierce hair tossing to weave a tale of glamour and entertain […]

Perle Noire in House of Verlaine's Nightcap: L'Edition Noire, Seattle. ©Ernie Sapiro Photography

House of Verlaine Delivers ‘Haute Burlesque’ Ballet

Crystal Tassels describes House of Verlaine’s latest production in Seattle, starring Lily Verlaine, Perle Noire, Indigo Blue and Paris Original… Lily Verlaine recently curated an evening of haute burlesque that made the massive Triple Door auditorium in Seattle seem incredibly intimate. The show, Nightcap: L’Edition Noire, starred Verlaine’s new dance company, House of Verlaine, and […]

Lady Drew Blood (the Little Mermaid) in Disney After Dark. ©POC Photo

Review: Edge, Glitz, and Princesses at Disney After Dark

With their billowing gowns, bustles and jewelled tiaras, princesses have come to embody a sort of ultra-femininity that Western culture reserves for little girls and brides. In the burlesque world, however, we create our own opportunities for sartorial extravagance. In Seattle, Stripped Screw Burlesque’s latest production of Disney After Dark, now in its fifth year, […]

Paula Now and Then: Rocking the Pants Off Seattle Since 1987

Paula Now and Then: Rocking the Pants Off Seattle Since 1987

Every spring, celebrated producer Paula Sjunneson (of paulanowevent, formerly The Swedish Housewife Presents) brings some legendary magic to the Triple Door in Seattle. Her burlesque-cum-rock-opera, House of Thee Unholy, is “a Tolkienian acid trip” that paints a dripping, sexy portrait of the 1970s, all set to a soundtrack of Led Zeppelin, which is played live […]

Bettie Blackheart's BurlyCon 2014 Diary

Bettie Blackheart’s BurlyCon 2014 Diary

The Lean, Mean Glitter Machine: BURLYCON! You stole my heart! Ever since the first BurlyCon was organised I have followed its development from a smaller gathering to a huge convention with as many as 600 participants. Through the years I have heard so many good things about BurlyCon from so many performers I respect that […]

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle (Photos)

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle, by Crystal Tassels. Seattle burlesque mainstays The Atomic Bombshells celebrated their tenth anniversary last weekend. Hosted by the ever-so-chipper BenDeLaCreme of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle was a glitzy delight. In addition to the Bombshells themselves, the troupe invited superstars […]

The Atomic Bombshells Celebrate Ten Glamorous Years in Burlesque

The Atomic Bombshells Celebrate Ten Glamorous Years in Burlesque

The Atomic Bombshells Celebrate Ten Glamorous Years in Burlesque, by Crystal Tassels. It seems like 2004 was a big year for burlesque. On one side of North America, Doc Wasabassco produced his first (three-hour long) burlesque show and started a New York institution. On the Pacific side, a dancer from New Orleans convinced a venue […]

Prepare to be Conquered: The Return of House of Thee Unholy

Prepare to be Conquered: The Return of House of Thee Unholy

House of Thee Unholy preview by Jessica Price. All photos by Christopher Nelson and Michael Doucett. We haven’t heard much from producer Paula Now – formerly known as The Swedish Housewife – since she partnered with filmmaker Deirdre Timmons (A Wink and A Smile) for the deliciously visceral showcase KINGS: A Boylesque Extravaganza nearly a […]

The Shanghai Pearl’s Burlesque Royale.

The Shanghai Pearl’s Burlesque Royale.

The Shanghai Pearl’s upcoming Burlesque Royale is in many ways the show she was born to create. Though she’s been producing since she was just an eager young lass brandishing her bona fides from the Academy of Burlesque (some may recall shows she had a hand in at the Jewelbox and Wallingford’s Seamonster), it wasn’t […]

Mod Carousel reply to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.

Mod Carousel reply to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.

I’m sure most of us have seen Robin Thicke’s notorious Blurred Lines music video, and I know that many of us find it problematic. Seattle-based boylesque troupe Mod Carousel have produced a brilliant gender-reversed response to it, and Mod Carousel member Trojan Original spoke to me about the project… “Putting together the video was pretty […]