Holla!!! Oh my gah!! Can you believe it!? This is some of the most amazing ever!! Tournee, a film by Mathieu Amalric, premiered last week at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and competed against 19 other films for the Palme d’Or!! They didn’t win the grand prize but Mathieu took home the award for Best Director! Snazzaroo!! The film’s plot centres around a troupe of American New Burlesque Stars on tour in France and stars real life Burlesque Starlets Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Mimi Le Meaux, Roky Roulette and Kitten on The Keys. This is so big!! Not only for the the well deserving Burlesquers but for Burlesque itself as an art form. For Burlesque as we know and love it, to be featured in such a high profile festival with such amazing press coverage…EEEEE!! I could just die!! I think it is so important that as Burlesque becomes more visible to the mainstream that it doesn’t become sanitized to please the masses. I have some mild concerns about the upcoming movie, “Burlesque” starring Christina Aguilera, Cher, and some other TV lady. I’m pretty sure that it will have some bad-ass dancing and singing but I’m also pretty sure its not going to have any parts of the New Burlesque that I love so much!! You know… like Body Positivity? Or Humor? Or Diversity? Or I don’t know STRIPTEASE!?? Maybe it will.. but I know for damn sure that Dirty, Julie and the rest of the girls in Tournee are the perfect ambassadors to represent our world of Burlesque to fans new and old.
Archive for May, 2010
I don’t know where you where the weekend of May 6-9 but I can tell you where you should’ve been…
THE 5TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BURLESQUE FESTIVAL!!!
Oh my gah!! You would not believe the level of talent that came together to celebrate all that is Burlesque and Awesome at this years festival. There were so many performances that had to be seen to be believed! I can only imagine that this is how you would feel after you had ridden a real live Unicorn home from the carnival for the first time (I’m still waiting for my first time… seriously…..waiting… annnyytime now..WHERE ARE YOU UNICORN!!?? whheerree..). But I swear to you! Exactly like that- Magical, Majestical, and Un-frickin-believable!!
Absolute standout highlights include anything to do with this year’s headliner TIGGER! I have now denounced formal religion and am basically going to worship a small shrine that I have erected in my closet. I made it out of a manky eyelash that I think is his and a gentleman’s thong. I’m not joking..
But Honestly! It was a rare and true pleasure to watch an absolute professional work the crowd and stage. His character and commitment were excelled only by his magic side split leaping powers. At the culmination of each of his acts, he would repeatedly fly into the air NAKED into the splits oh I dont know.. like 8x in a row? I’m pretty sure he is some kind of Ninja Wizard!! But in drag!! And seriously, who doesn’t want to worship a Ninja Wizard in drag!?
Those lucky enough to attend his workshop on Saturday can attest to the heart and care of a performer who is truly devoted to his craft and is absolutely committed to it’s integrity. Beyond the how to of Burlesque is the why. Examining why we do what we do and why we must do what we do, Tigger showed us how powerful a medium Burlesque can truly be. Tigger means to change the world one naked leaping side split at a time and I absolutely applaud him for it. I personally left inspired and with a renewed sense of glittery, tassel shaking, shimmy making self.
Part II coming soon..
Just returned home from a Fab night at Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society’s “Taboo Revue” in Vancouver. LOVED IT!
Hugely fun and sexy and the crowd was awesome! Thanks gang for inviting us! We’ll be posting vids of some of the performances tomorrow – stay tuned…
YeHaaw Kiddos! Like the slightly soiled debutante, we made good on “freshening” ourselves and presented a whole new StripCHEEZ this morning.
You’s all got more and more performances to watch, more ways to view and find ‘em, more amazing performers to become “Fans” of (or build your own loyal legion of fans), plus you can show your undying love and appreciation by tucking CHEEZtips in their virtual g-strings, and whew!, lastly, you can read, watch and hear all about the latest and greatest in the world of Burlesque through our wonderful CHEEZblog! Hell, we even have “CELEBRITY” Burlesque Bloggers – pretty hot, huh?