Oh No, Not Again: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Burlesque
The Guide has this to say about burlesque: It is a performance art that evolved from another performance art which is derived from a literary art that mocks other art while sometimes providing social commentary and at other times is simple frivolity and silliness as theatrical art. In its later evolutions, burlesque commonly enjoins the performer attempting to seduce the audience and making humorous reveals through the use of brightly decorated and sparkling battle clothing, through a deterministic co-evaluation principle, that leads to greater and larger reveals, often to humorous or other emotional effects. Burlesque performances to Vogon poetry, for safety reasons, are not recommended. A previous attempt at interpretive dance to one of Azgoths of Kria’s poems resulted in the death of four audience members from internal hemorrhaging.
Oh No, Not Again features performances from bi-pedal life forms such as Foxxy Squires, Bella La Blanc, Mandy Flame, Morgue Anne, Miss Violet DeVille, and more! Doors to Grand 2&3 open at 9:00 pm, show at 9:30 pm!
Miss Violet DeVille
Miss Violet DeVille is a trans woman and a class act from a history that never was. The Timeless Trollop loves mixing performance art and nudity. As with most artists from the Seattle area, she’s based in Seattle, acting, stripping, and improvising to delighted audiences all around the Puget Sound. She produces nerdy, quirky, and decidedly different shows and travels through the United States and Canada performing in shows, at conventions, and festivals like the Dallas Burlesque Festival, Fierce, and Steampunk World’s Fair. She loves exotic locales like Sequim and Piscataway, Santa Fe, Montreal, New York, and Port Angeles. When not producing and performing she dabbles in absinthe cocktails, creates daguerreotypes and other photographies, and spends far too much time in her workshop making something sexy and new!
Existing under, on top of, and between the gender spectrum they are here to take on the whiskey business of dismantling gender norms. This graduate of Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque can be found in the gray areas of society and social norms Producer of Beyond the G, a queer burlesque show series highlighting marginalized queer performers.
“The Naked Singularity” is, as her tag line suggests, nerdy, quirky and still shaking off the after effects of pure math and theoretical physics. Mandy was caught by the gravitational attraction of Seattle Burlesque in 2013, reached escape velocity at the Academy of Burlesque and now is in unstable orbit performing, producing and photographing shows in Seattle, with tours to festivals at home and abroad. Mandy Flame has legs and writing chops and knows how to combine them to full effect. Her signature style is to steep her Burlesque in sexy story-telling and powerful poetry, being sure to incorporate a wry twist that leaves her audience spellbound.
Reverend Spooky LeStrange
Reverend Spooky LeStrange has been rocking stages in New Orleans and across the country for almost 20 years. “The most dangerous woman in burlesque” is known for her thought-provoking and artistically driven performances as well as her penchant for nerdlesque. The Reverend is the producer of Rev. Spooky LeStrange & Her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls, the founder and Reverend Mother of the Church of Burlesque, and is an occasional performer with the Society of Sin, Honey Tangerine’s Tangerine Dreams, and Picolla Tushy presents the Bluestockings. She has an obsession with books, champagne, and BBC’s Masterpiece Mystery productions. The right reverend is also an ordained and legal officiant and has a side business called Medina’s Good Tamales that has been in her family since the 1840’s. She has performed multiple times at Tease-O-Rama, New York Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Southern Fried Burlesque Festival, NOLA Nerdlesque Festival, once for the (formerly known as) Miss Exotic World Pageant in Vegas, and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Tamale Festival. She’s got a burlesque, theatre, and music pedigree that stretches out as wide as the Universe. She is the original badass bitch and the #literalsaintofburlesque.
After completing the burlesque class series by Deflouered Productions, Foxy gathered her wits and talent to begin performing. Her first performance residence was Rivers of Honey Cabaret and she was a regular performer at Matthew Silver’s Circus of Dreams and Crimson Kitty’s Cataclysm. Her artistic skill has been shared both nationally and internationally in London (Bar Wotever), Connecticut, West Virginia, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts (WTF Queerlesque 2), North Carolina (Heavy Rebel Weekend), Georgia (DragonCon), Virginia, Florida, Washington DC (The Weirdo Show), Philadelphia (Fierce Festival 2015), and NYC (Hypergender Burlesque, Sex Ed A Gogo, and Bushwig 2015). Foxy’s first headliner performance was in May 2013 at the DC Gurly Show (Washington, DC). In 2014, she was proud to be one of the original cast for NYC’s first all female drag show, Crimson Kitty presents FAUXVASION and DC’s Chocolate City Burlesque & Cabaret. She started cosplaying in 2016 and has placed at LI Who and Arisia Masquerades. Her motto is EMBRACE YOUR SPECTACLE.
Bella La Blanc
“The Villainess of Burlesque” is an award winning, touring performer who discovered her love of the stage at a very young age. She hasn’t stopped since. As a Classically trained vocalist and dancer, she captivates the stage with Grace and style. She has studied under choreographers all over the country. As she believes in knowledge and education of burlesque. She is the executive director of The Golden Legend Champion Challenge. A burlesque festival that believes in knowledge and education of the history of burlesque. Pairing newer and seasoned performers with the Living Legends from the golden age of burlesque. Keeping our history alive while giving visibility to our industry. She has more than a handful of accolades. In 2017 Burlesque Legend Gabriella Maze crowned her Evil Queen of The Golden Legends Champion Challenge. She originally hails from Miami, Florida, but currently calls the state of Maryland home. You can catch her on stages or teaching everywhere in the US, maybe your town soon!!
Beau NusHole, has been dancing since toddlerhood. He is classically trained in modern/contemporary and ballet and has picked up hip hop, West African, jazz, and many more types of dance along the way. He also has a background in musical theater and spoken word. Since his early twenties, cosplay and drag became new/old obsessions. It took ten years before Mercy Stackhouse was “born.” Mercy started as a drag/cosplay persona, then took to the stage after being asked to perform. Beyond performing and cosplay, Beau speaks on panels and facilitates workshops on things like anti-racism, consent, various types of dance, cosplaying when you’re poor, and more!
Burlesque Super Villainess, Elected Gothic Royalty is an all-around evil doer of charitable works through her Cabaret of Evil, a series of shows that raises funds for various charities. Additionally, she makes a MEAN cocktail. No, really. Be careful. Put it down. Sip lightly, that drink will hit back.
Aurora Darling is our Pick-Up Artiste for “Oh No, Not Again”. With her mastery of wrangling strippers and performers backstage, she enjoys ensuring seamless productions. Ms. Darling has an extensive dance and performance background allowing this dramatically dark performer to step onto stage with ease and grace in everything she does.