In the last decade, Burlesque has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, proving to be a style of entertainment that is flourishing and here to stay. From Gypsy's resurrection on Broadway to burlesque scenes on the hit television show Gossip Girl, the bump n' grind has shimmied its way back into popular culture!
Leading this colorful charge is The Annual New York Burlesque Festival, now teasing its way into its 7th year. The largest burlesque event in the world, it has attracted sold-out crowds since its beginning in 2002.
Festival producers, Thirsty Girl and Pontani Sisters Productions will deliver once again four nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with over 50 eye-popping performances from the world's leading burlesque and variety entertainers at four of NYC's hottest nightclubs. In addition to tassels and tail feathers, this year's festival offers live music, international DJ's, variety and circus performers, and boylesque.
Thursday, October 1st
Wet your whistle for pleasure at the Teaser Party! Start the evening with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School. Dr. Sketchy’s will host a burlesque tableau vivant, where you can try drawing one their stunning burlesque models, or just watch artists create. Then, in an evening hosted by The World Famous *BOB*, see performances by the likes of:
Also, there will be live music by The Two Man Gentleman Band (NYC), and DJ Mikey Palms. Rub elbows with the stars of the show, exclusive members of the media and sponsors of the event at Public Assembly in Williamsburg.
Friday, October 2nd
Let the games begin with The Premiere Party at Brooklyn's Indie hot spot, The Bell House. The notorious and scandalous party, hosted by Scotty the Blue Bunny, features over 20 burlesque beauties from the weekend's cavalcade of stars. Highlight performances include;
Saturday, October 3rd
The Saturday Spectacular is where la crème de la crème of the most eclectic burlesque performers are showcased. Join us at BB Kings on 42nd Street, where the king of comedy Murray Hill hosts over 30 international burlesque bombshells who promise to deliver for a night of top-notched performances.
This star-studded line up includes:
Live music is by Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra & Brian Newman, and more.
Sunday, October 4th
the festival goes out with one last tassel twirl at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge Nightclub for The Golden Pastie Awards and Burlesque Early Bird Dinner. The performers at this Oscar styled celebration -- full of hi-jinx provided by hostess Miss Astrid, “the true Weimer fraulein” -- offer live performances and an awards ceremony honoring the world’s finest burlesque stars with a double D sized Golden Pastie. Stellar performances by:
The 7th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
October 1st-4th, 2009