Another new escapade for me the other weekend, as I attended a Burlesque show at Matt & Phreds in Manchester. Not the first time I have seen Burlesque I might add, as I am a fan myself. I am also looking forward to participating in some classes very soon. Although how good I will be at swinging those tassel's I don't know!
This show was on Sunday the 13th of April at Matt & Phreds in town and starred Cherie Bebe,and Jonathan Major was the very entertaining, and able host. His comedic style kept us entertained between the various acts that appeared on stage. Therefore, please read more, as for your delectation here is the show.
The opening act was Boom Boom Bonita who sang for us in her inimitable style, the only items she disrobed were her gloves, which she removed very sensually too. Although I think Trust A Fox the photographer was pleasantly surprised when she shimmied over and sat on his lap. Her rendition of All that Jazz was particularly memorable.
We were also treated to a little bit of a double act as Jonathan and Bonita danced together on the stage.
The next act up was the cheeky lady that performs under the name of Lily La Fox, Lily entertained us with a balloon pop performance, as large pieces of shiny confetti sailed through the air, after she has pushed her way gently through the crowd despite her cumbersome outfit adorned with balloons.
For her final act Lily used the large black feather fans that are so indicative of burlesque as we know it
Lily wil next be appearing at Recycled Theatre, Academy, Venue & Mcr Shakespeare Co in Manchester's Afflecks M1 1JG Box Office 0161 834 4517 on the 14th of May 2014 with Bea Noir Pole Dance performer and Dr Sketchy an anti art school! The alternative life drawing and cabaret session. A wicked night full of great games, choice music and sketching shenanigans for all abilities!
Raven Noir is a Gothic/rock style Burlesque dancer who also has the most amazing tattoos, and a familial link to dancing burlesque. Her grandmother was also a burlesque dancer, and Raven duly dedicated her second dance to her. Raven was a very sensual and exotic dancer and I wish I knew how she managed to get her stocking to stay on the end of her toes, and look so sexy as she removed them.
These dancers all had their own style and approach to burlesque, showing their very ranging talents and different qualities to this artform. They also used a variety of props to show off their abilities also.
Throughout the performance we were entertained by the antics and banter between the compere and host Jonathan Mayor, and, Paula Surtees who very ably and lusciously maided the show.
Of course the piece de resistance of the show was the very gorgeous, and shapely Cherie Bebe. Her first appearance on stage was in the guise of a Japanese Geisha complete with her Chinese parasol, and some fans that were put to good use in the piece she performed. Cherie Bebe is the epitome of grace, and kept everyone mesmerised during her performance.
In her second performance on stage she appeared in a beautiful feathered mask that hid her facial features therefore we saw no expression, forcing us to instead observe her dancing and movements instead.
The next event is Sunday 8th June, Matt and Phreds
All in all, a fantastic evening that was enjoyed by all present.
The event was sponsored by Vintage Twists.
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Vintage Twists is an emporium of beautiful retro-style fashions, rockabilly and tattoo wear at 54 Port Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. You can also view their website.
All of the fantabulous images for this show were supplied by
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