Step right up and step right into a topsy-turvy, twisty- curvy world: Burlesco Notturno ECCENTRICO!
Burlesco Notturno returns to Open Space for Arts & Community with a Vashon-style eccentric mix of classic, camp and gender-bending burlesque sexiness, with a pair of bowling ball and chainsaw juggling Siamese twins, a bit of samba heat and much, much more.
The Open Space stage will be graced with two principal dancers from Sinner Saint Burlesque: ‘The Modern Sexual Intellectual’ Jesse Belle-Jones and the comedic melodrama-inspired Lady Tatas. Jesse Belle-Jones cut her burlesque teeth in 2007 while completing her graduate studies at the University of Washington, and is currently a principal dancer and co-producer with Sinner Saint Burlesque. She is also a co-producer of the Seattle chapter of Naked Girls Reading. Recently returned from two months abroad in the cast of "The Sacred and the Profane" with Sinner Saint Burlesque (Brick House, London), she has also appeared in Carolee Schneeman’s "Within and Beyond the Premises" (Henry Art Gallery, Seattle) and "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles Pulp Cabaret" (ACT Theatre, Seattle).
Lady Tatas has been twirling around Seattle since 2007, and has been teasing internationally with Sinner Saint Burlesque since 2009. "The Debutante of Derriere" approaches the medium of burlesque with camp and extravagance, dabbling in comedy, melodrama, and golden age refinement. She credits the root of her inspiration to Lucille Ball, John Waters’ films, golden-age musicals, and drag culture.
Joining them are world-wide favorites The Bellini Twins, who have one of the highest LPMs (laughs per minutes) of any physical comedy group. From the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to the 2010 "Planetary Carnival of Stage Direction" at the Russian State Circus in St. Petersburg, via the Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Vegas, the Bellini Twins have continuously been the funniest part of every show they have been in. The Seattle Times describes them as: "Inspired idiocy taken to new heights."
All this, plus samba superstar (and local clown) Molly Shannon. Molly is one half of the Vashon Island based comedy team, Duo Finelli. In addition to the clowning and vaudeville work she does with Duo Finelli, she has been a principal dancer with the San Francisco based samba group, Aquarela, for the past 5 years. Aquarela is one of the original groups in the United States to focus on and present authentic Rio de Janeiro style samba.
If you have not yet attended a Burlesco event, you haven’t had the joy of listening to and watching The Love Markets - a band of black-slip-wearing musical extraordinaires. They return to fill the space with the sound of Weimar Berlin, with songs old and new springing from that era of decadent, gorgeous, absurd freedom. This August, the acclaimed Weimar-inspired cabaret band released their debut CD "World Of Your Dreams", lauded by Seattle Magazine as "Irresistible... Intoxicating theatricality... A deliciously dark carnival." Since the band’s genesis in 2008, the Love Markets have donned their well-worn uniforms of military lingerie for sellout shows at ACT Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle International Cabaret Festival while also performing for TV’s ArtZone, City Arts Fest, Town Hall, Seattle Men’s Chorus, the Gregory Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and Open Space’s Burlesco Notturno, where they are delighted to return.
Burlesco Notturno – EXOTICA is hosted as ever by the infamous Mme X (played by Janet McAlpin) and her Lawyer (played by the infamous David Godsey). Mme X will unveil, in a world premiere appearance, a completely new, completely original, and partially edible costume designed by Vashon’s talented Patricia Toovey.
Tickets are $25 to $30, and available now at Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.
Saturday, November 9th, 8pm