Posted onSeptember 4, 2013|Comments Off on Burlesque Queen Roxi D’Lite Returns to Montreal
On Saturday September 7th 2013, Montreal’s new “The Wiggle Room” is set to launch it’s regular Signature Saturday Burlesque performances, headlining reknown Burlesque Queen Roxi D’Lite. (Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm)
To get a taste of what to expect, have a peek at one of Roxi’s past performances, an aerial burlesque entitled “Junglesque“…
The Wiggle Room is situated at 3874 St-Laurent Blvd. in Montreal, across from the famous “Schwartz’s Restaurant”. Weekday performances (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) are $10 and weekend performances (Friday, Saturday) are $20.
Posted onAugust 27, 2013|Comments Off on Vintage-style Burlesque Cabaret to Open in Montreal This Fall
In Montreal’s notoriously raucous heyday, it was known as ‘Sin City of the North’. Here was an epicenter of entertainment and debauchery where gangsters, showgirls and jazzmen ran rampant; where champagne flowed like water and the clubs were “noisy, sexy and had plenty of bounce”. In the 1940s, there were over 30 cabarets in Montreal.
At Montreal’s newest premiere show bar The Wiggle Room; vintage style will meet contemporary cabaret, and classic and signature cocktails will be served nightly to patrons enjoying neo-vaudeville variety, comedy, burlesque and live music. The Wiggle Room is intimate and rich in character and tone with deep purple walls, gold accents, warm exposed brick and vintage cocktail tables and chairs. It hearkens back to Montreal’s vibrant nightclubs of the 50s where bands were hot and the mood was loose and fun; when service and style were paramount.
The Wiggle Room will be presenting Signature Saturdays, with burlesque revues with the crème-de-la-crème of Montreal’s best burlesque and cabaret performers. Not to be missed are the signature cocktails named after each artist.
The Wiggle Room’s official opening is on September 3rd, 2013, when it will begin it’s regular Tuesday-to-Sunday operations. The cozy room ensures an intimate and exciting experience, with the hottest music, burlesque artists and comedy stars.
Posted onAugust 5, 2013|Comments Off on Dita Von Teese on Burlesque VS Stripping
Back in the summer of 2012, Dita Von Teese was asked what was her take on the difference between stripping versus burlesque and this is what she said:
“I get asked a lot to explain that burlesque is different from stripping. But the term “burlesque” as we know it today comes from a type of risqué variety show in America that one would go to see in the 1930s and ’40s. Performing striptease—”stripping”— is the word to describe what the burlesque performers did onstage.”
“Nowadays we use the word “burlesque” to describe this retro-styled striptease that is seeing a big revival. Without the strip, it’s not burlesque, that’s for certain, and the greatest burlesque star that ever lived, Gypsy Rose Lee, called herself a stripper. You aren’t going to hear me tell you that there is a difference between burlesque and stripping. I think it’s awfully pretentious to go on and on about how burlesque isn’t really stripping. Burlesque-style striptease is where the modern pole-dancing-type strip originated from. Essentially, we’re all related.”
“Initially, I worked in strip clubs, as did most of us that were at the forefront of the burlesque revival in the early 1990s, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I respect strippers of all forms. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t wandered into a strip club and wanted to know more about striptease history. I’ve always been able to admire what makes a dancer an individual, whether it’s really raunchy or tame.”
“In my opinion, elegance has nothing to do with “how much” is shown and far more to do with the way one presents herself. I’ve seen beautiful, highly erotic, nearly pornographic shows that are more elegant than some burlesque acts. You can’t equate the degree of nudity or suggestion, it’s all about the overall way it’s done.”
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