The Burlesque Ball Australian Tour 2010 sets off around the country on Saturday, 20 February in Sydney, travels to Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, finishing in Adelaide on 6 March.
The Burlesque Ball was born from a concept in 2005. The event coincided with the rise in popularity of Burlesque in Australia, and was the first event of its kind to showcase Burlesque on such a grand scale.
Many have tried to emulate and imitate its success with similar concepts, but each year The Burlesque Ball remains the “golden mile” for performers and the most popular choice for audiences.
“Each year we lift the expectations and over-deliver an incredible show filled with some of the world’s leading artists,” says organiser Jac Bowie.
Jac Bowie produced the event after discovering that although Burlesque was experiencing an underground movement, there were no events that focused on big props, expensive and ornate costumes – what you associate Burlesque to be when you think of the major international stars (Dita Von Teese, Catherine D’Lish, Sally Rand, etc) and had a more formal vibe that appealed to guests of all ages and walks of life.
“This event oozes class and sophistication and all acts are especially produced to always dazzle but never ever offend. This is the great thing about The Burlesque Ball – it suits everyone and is a popular choice for guests experiencing Burlesque for the first time!
“But saying this, every show is a major production. There are no two-minute fan dances in this production, you will find all performers have spent months preparing their unique part of the show that we can guarantee you have not experienced anywhere else!”
Lavish costume design, elaborate props and music – The Burlesque Ball is everything you want Burlesque to be. This event only showcases the high end performers.
JULIE ATLAS MUZ (NEW YORK)
Miss Exotic World and Miss Coney Island 2006, Julie Atlas Muz is one of the most acclaimed and prolific conceptual performers and choreographers in New York.
She sucker punches the boundaries between performance art, dance and burlesque with dark, twisted, come-hither performances that have secured her place in the underworld of nightlife as well as the bastion of the art world.
Muz has been awarded Artist- in-Residency status from Chashama (2002), Joyce Soho (2001), Mondo Conne Artist-in-Residency at Dixon Place (2000) and Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (1998-99). 2004 Whitney Biennial Artist and a 2005 Valencia Bienal Artist.
MC OPHELIA BITZ (LONDON)
An infamous trouble-maker and agent provocateur, Bitz’s none-too-shabby academic career took a turn for the fabulous when she ran screaming for civilisation and landed on her dinky feet in London town. Accounts of being chased out of the village with burning pitchforks remain officially undocumented but entirely
Forging an accidental career as a comic burlesque dancer (most noted for her anatomical bar-tending and animal puppet porn shows) and singer whilst studying Theatre Arts and Drama at Goldsmiths College, Ophelia Bitz has worked with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names. From televised hypnotism with Derren Brown (2006) and head-lining Tim Burton’s Halloween party (2006) to touring with The Tigerlillies (2008) and The Dresden Dolls (2006) and music videos with The Puppini Sisters (2008), Bitz has seen it all and drunk them all under the table!
ROXI D’LITE (ONTARIO)
Roxi has performed on stages all over Canada and the United States for the best in the industry, including the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas where she won the 1st runner-up to Miss Exotic World 2009, the Toronto International Burlesque Festival and Chaz Royale’s Burlesque Goes North Festival. Roxi made her New York City debut for performances at the New York Burlesque Festival and America’s Favourite Burlesque Game Show, This or That!
PEEKABOO POINTE (NEW YORK)
Peekaboo Pointe, known as the “Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West,” has graced the stage of nearly every burlesque show in New York City. Peekaboo started out as a classically trained modern dancer studying under Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris Dance Group, and a host of other notable choreographers. With an early background in ballet and tap, she eventually ventured off on a rare and unusual tour of Cuba studying Afro-Cuban Dance with the group Cutumba.
LOLA THE VAMP (BRISBANE)
Lola The Vamp is the only burlesque performer in theatrical history to perform burlesque for the academic award of PhD. She is part of the resurgent burlesque movement of the early 21st Century, that includes other performers such as Dirty Martini, Dita Von Teese and Jo Boobs. Lola’s work in burlesque harks to the Art Nouveau aesthetics of the Belle Epoque era, (also known as the classic striptease of mid-20th Century
CHRYS COLUMBINE (LONDON)
Chrys is a UK burlesque starlet, pin-up model, and trained concert pianist from London. With the ethereal looks of a fairytale princess, the enticing mystery of a femme fatale, and a number of stunning, unique
routines she is a charismatic performer through and through. She has graced and headlined stages all over the UK and Europe and has featured in publications such as The Mail On Sunday, OK! Magazine, French Playboy, Irish News of The World, to name a few. Chrys has also made a number of T.V. appearances including on ITV with Dita Von Teese, and is off to LA for a run of shows this summer.
IMOGEN KELLY (SYDNEY)
Imogen Kelly is internationally reknown as Australia’s Queen of Burlesque. Actually she is more notorious than famous and that’s how she likes it! She has been performing since the 1980s when she accidently found herself naked in front of 20,000 people! Imogen is a skilled circus aerialist who ranaway with a UK circus troupe for 3 years and subsequently was trained by Romanian Gypsies.
She has gone on to perform many times at The Sydney Opera House, and actually was the first Burlesque act to be booked there.
She is a talented director and writer who specialises in scripts – plays and films, having graduated from NIDA without once removing a shred of clothing! Imogen comes from a family that is fabulously nonconformist – an ex convent girl turned street kid turned dissident who began on the streets of Sydney’s Kings Cross and wound up playing the International grand stages of London, New York, Tokyo and Gay Paris!
SARAH LEA CHEESECAKE (MELBOURNE)
A striking bombshell famous for her heaving cleavage, classic curves, tight corsetry and demanding derriere. With Dita Von Teese-esque looks Sarah has secured a position as a daring, engaging and sophisticated Burlesque performer.
With a background of jazz, ballet and tap as a young girl Sarah Lea draws on those influences whilst incorporating them into the timeless, classic art of sensual showgirl sophisteque, specialising in classic 1940’s and 50’s striptease and the art of Burlesque fan dancing.
THE GAMBLE SISTERS (BRISBANE)
The Gamble Sisters return to The Burlesque Ball in 2010 after a cute debut at the Brisbane event in 2009. The twins are the writers of all of the original music and lyrics, professional showgirls, cigarette girls and of course, Burlesque performers – both together and solo. They have performed as a burlesque and cabaret act for a range of clients and regularly at Brisbane’s Ragtag Revue and The Smoking Joynt. The Sisters have performed dance and cabaret at events such as Big Day Out (lily World), Speak Easy at the Tivoli, Byblos at Portside’s NYE 07/08, and… and…have been featured in performances in London by Chicks on Speed and performed with Peaches at Parklife 08 as part of a team of ten who they choreographed and designed costumes for. It’s with great pleasure we announce The Gamble Sisters as our cigarette girls for The Burlesque Ball tour in 2010.
More information and tickets available from www.burlesqueball.com
Sat 20th Feb – Luna Park Sydney
Fri 26th Feb – The Centre Ivanhoe, Melbourne
Sat 27th Feb – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane
Fri 5th Mar – Perth Town Hall, Perth
Sat 6th Mar – Adelaide Town Hall , Adelaide