The only appointment for 2011 with what The Guardian has called 'the burlesque sensation' is Friday 16 December at the Teatro Smeraldo in Milan, when, in an absolute premiere for Italy, some of the best-known stars of British neo-burlesque, such as Chrys Columbine, Amber Topaz, Slinky Sparkles, Miss Hotcake Kitty and Ginger Blush, will burst onto the scene with panache and sense of humour to involve the audience in an exclusive and seductive 'evening of burlesque'.
Burlesque, which became known to the general public in Italy just a few years ago thanks to a sensational performance on the Sanremo stage by the queen of the genre, Dita Von Teese, has so far enjoyed a growing interest in our country and a large and reserved group of devotees, accustomed to applauding Italian and international stars in clubs and small venues, or at musical events related to swing and jive dancing and 1950s rock'n'roll.
"An Evening Of Burlesque", in a combination of comedy, mischief and vocal talent, finally brings to the big theatre stages the fascinating art of burlesque, which counts among its brightest stars such divas as Mae West, Gipsy Rose Lee, Lydia Thompson, Tura Satana, and of course Dita Von Teese. The Hollywood film 'Burlesque' released in 2010 and soon to be shown on Sky television, with Christina Aguilera as the sensual and radiant leading lady and Cher among the performers, has further contributed to popularising a form of entertainment that runs on the thread of parody and light, never vulgar eroticism.
Among the stars of "An Evening of Burlesque", which comes to Italy organised by Barley Arts, we find some of the best known stars of the genre: the diva is Chrys Columbine, repeatedly defined as the European "Dita Von Teese". A true queen of British neo-Burlesque, Ms Columbine is an extraordinary porcelain-skinned pin-up and pianist, ethereal and elegant, known for the grace with which she performs Chopin's "Nocturne" on the piano while mischievously shedding corsets and feather and chiffon dresses. Alternating with her on stage will be Amber Topaz, an unparalleled explosion of charisma and stage presence, between music and song, comedy and seduction; Miss Hotcake Kitty, the first star to come out of the "Burlesque Idol" talent show with all-round glamour; Miss Slinky Sparkles, an explosion of femininity for the heir that Marylin Monroe could have had; and finally the new burlesque star Ginger Blush, a breath of comic freshness, capable of playing between humour and sex-appeal with performances of extraordinary class.
The show is promoted in collaboration with the burlesque agency Voodoo De Luxe.
AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE - MILAN, EMERALD THEATRE - FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2011
Armchair VIP: € 40.00 + prev.?
Poltronissima: € 35.00 + prev.?
Orchestra and Balcony Seats: € 30,00 + prev.
Orchestra and balcony seats: € 28,00 + prev. ?
Lateral Stalls and Balcony: € 20.00 + prev.?
Tickets on sale at ticketone.co.uk and usual points of sale.