The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival features four exuberant evenings, with 50+ artists igniting the stage.
THURSDAY, April 6 – 8 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street
Hosted by Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein
HEADLINER — Returning to the Philadelphia Burlesque Festival for the third year, TESLA TEASE is the headliner for Envoute: Magic and Burlesque, which also produces her monthly show: Tesla Tease’s Opium Den. She also performs for many other companies as a special guest, including Broad Street Burlesque, Full Front Street, Cameron Catastrophe’s Collection of Curiosities, and private events all over the city. She’s a shock to your system, it’s Tesla Tease!
FRIDAY, April 7 – 8 p.m. at Plays & Players Theatre
Hosted by Liberty Rose
HEADLINERS — Part goddess, part femme fatale, part hedonist, and recently crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the 2016 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, POISON IVORY is a New York based burlesque performer who is beginning to make her mark on the international burlesque scene. Within months of her debut, Poison was nominated for Hottest Freshman at the 2012 New York Burlesque Festival. She was later crowned Miss Starlet Burlesque at the 2013 Hollywood Burlesque Festival and took home the first place Crystal Corset Award at the 2014 Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival. Additionally, Poison won the Most Classic award at the 2015 International BurlyPicks Finals and has traveled as a featured performer and headliner all over the US. Now, with multiple festivals, accolades, and the Queen title under her garter, it is clear that Poison Ivory is a force to be seen. With a background in theater and dance, Poison Ivory combines her thoughtful musicality with sultry and sensual movements that always leave her audience wanting more. She is brown sugar and spice; she is a deadly device.
Hailed as the ‘Queen of Halloween’ and the ‘Lon Chaney of Burlesque’ RED RUM is a multidisciplinary artist whose formal background is in painting and video art. Burlesque brought together the perfect combination of her love for makeup, prop building and horror film with the catharsis of a live audience. Drawing from a variety of influences she brings to the stage a unique combination of burlesque and performance art, choosing narratives that combine elements of sex, death and humor – the great social levelers. Known for her unusual costumes and skilled improvisation she strives to give audiences something they have never seen before and may never see again.
Join us after the show for the official after-party at Raven Lounge!
SATURDAY, April 8 – 8 p.m. at Plays & Players
Hosted by Francis “The Wizard” Menotti
HEADLINERS— What happens when a diminutive drag king and a bodacious burlesque queen fall in love? Showbiz magic is born! KITTEN AND LOU combine their unique and extensive burlesque, theater, and dance performance backgrounds to create a showbiz tour-de-force that celebrates and subverts everything from sexed-up classic burlesque, to glossy MGM-era musicals, to raunchy jukebox drag, to homo-fabulous twin club kids, to Fosse jazz-ma-tazz, to old vaudeville tap dance….and the many faces in between. With a combo of duet and solo acts that are equally comfortable in a sweaty dance club or a fancy opera house, their body of work is incredibly diverse, but always polished to perfection.
MR. GORGEOUS has been charming audiences around the globe since 2009, with his comedic and charismatic approach to contemporary burlesque. He has become a frequent persona in NYC nightlife, working several iconic venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal, and Galapagos Art Space. Gorgeous has had the opportunity to perform in Dita Von Teese’s touring show “Strip Strip Hooray” and was awarded “Most Comedic “at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2013 and “Mr. Exotic World – King of Boylesque 2014”
See Saturday afternoon classes! Join us after the show for the official after-party at Tabu!
SUNDAY, April 9 – 8 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s
Hosted by Bev
Headliner— JEEZ LOUEEZ (Chicago, IL) is an award-winning performer known as The Honey Badger of Burlesque! A lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics, Jeez Loueez is a powerhouse that’s taken stages across the country by storm. Whether donning a mohawk and her patented “Stank Face”, or serving up classic, glamorous striptease, she’s a consummate force that’s quickly become one of the most memorable personalities of modern burlesque. Jeez took home the titles of Miss Viva Las Vegas in 2012, Shimmy Showdown Champion in 2013, and Southern Fried Burlesque Queen in 2014. She’s been voted into the Top 50 Burlesque Industry Figures since 2010 and broke the Top 5 in 2015, currently ranked as the #4 performer in the world. A skilled improviser with impeccable comedic timing, Jeez Loueez also charms as the host/producer of Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue in Chicago among many other notable events around the country.
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