Playful. Naughty. Fun.
On New Year’s Eve, Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque returns to the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts for two shows that are just that.
“It’s a really fun way to celebrate sex and sexuality that is accessible to people and it gives us the ability to laugh at our sexuality and ourselves,” said Catherine Skinner, co-founder and artistic director of Les Coquettes and MC of the show.
“It’s a beautiful way to combine other art forms like singing and dancing and circus.”
The group of highly trained professional striptease, circus and theatre artists, dancers, comedians and singers will perform a new set of tongue-in-cheek sexy cabaret burlesque acts.
“We will open the show with a huge number that the whole troupe is part of,” Skinner said. “It’s a classic Coquettes number that Brantford hasn’t seen and I think the audience will really appreciate.”
The women of Les Coquettes – La Minouche, Lilli Bubalotovich, Dante Inferno, Charity Dawn, Georgie Gates, Charlotte Webber, Billie Black and Suki Tsunami – will be clad in traditional burlesque costumes, including corsets, fishnet stockings and feathers, and sing, dance and perform striptease acts for the audience.
“We created this from our own fantasies and our own imagination,” Skinner said.
Inspiration is also drawn from the fashions and lifestyles of eras gone by, including 1920s flappers, a 1940s-style striptease and a 1960s Mad Men inspired routine.
“We just finished our holiday show in Toronto and it was a 1960s Rat Pack Vegas night out,” Skinner said. “We have a number that I’m very fond of, which is a nod toward the sexy office politics of shows like Mad Men.”
Webber will perform an aerial silks routine, accompanied by a singer and the Coquette’s live band, the Unmentionables.
Joining the ladies on stage are the “man props” – Dew Lily, The Carpenter, The Mohel and The Jack of Spades – who will perform their own stripteases.
The show has appeal for “playful adults of all ages,” Skinner said, including Les Coquettes “virgins” who may have reservations about a burlesque show.
“We are very gentle with them,” she said. “We always like to put our best foot forward so, even though the show is sexual and some performers take their clothes off, we are always doing it with polish and integrity.”
Burlesque has seen a resurgence in popularity during the past few years, thanks to its sexiness-without-raunchiness, Skinner said.
“Burlesque appeals to people because of the glamour and the costume and the nod to vintage style and its basic elements of celebrating sex in a way that isn’t objectifying or negative or violent or uncomfortable,” Skinner said.
For those who came out to last year’s New Year’s Eve show and those who didn’t, Skinner suggests making Les Coquettes an annual tradition.
“It’s an exciting night out where you see things you don’t get to see every day on stage or when you go out for a good time,” she said. “It’s really high energy, really beautiful, the costumes are exquisite and the girls and guys are really amazing performers.
“It will make for a very memorable New Year’s.”
Tickets to Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque cost $63 and can be purchased at the Sanderson Centre box office at 88 Dalhousie St., by phone at 519-758-8090 or online at www.sandersoncentre.ca.