Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you can knock yourself out getting those dinner reservations and then finding some kind of activity that will leave you and your loved ready for zzzzzz instead of xxx by the time the night is over. Or you can put your trust in the scintillating tease of Burlesque As It Was and its Valentine’s Day show — which should have you at first base by the time the curtain comes down.
Embellishing the velvet allure of Syntax Physic Opera — which has a great supper-club feel as well as a kitchen that will provide delicious bites before the show and a gorgeous full bar — Burlesque As It Was will fill the stage with a scintillating revue of tease guaranteed to get everyone’s blood pumping to their heart and other places. Hosted by the lovely Vivienne VaVoom, a diverse cast of beauties will shake, shimmy and slide their clothes off through a variety of moves, all accompanied by the boom of BAIW’s house band The Wayfaring Strangers, whose vaudevillian-styled tunes will have you laughing and tapping your feet in equal measure.
The moxie displayed here just might inspire a little ooh-la-la in your own night moves after the curtain comes down. Here are some of the performers you'll see:
This versatile vixen is the heart, soul and host of Burlesque As It Was, the dedicated revue that has been bumping and grinding on many Denver stages since 1998. A “timeless tease” style is her trademark, which she's displayed around the world at such established events as Miss Exotic World, Tease-O-Rama and Miss Burlesque New Zealand, to name just a few. VaVoom (and her alter ego, Michelle Baldwin) has made tease her life; she not only teaches amateur gals how to move their bodies and shine on stage via her monthly School Of Burlesque, but she’s also the author of the bible that details the current neo-burlesque scene, Burlesque and the New Bump & Grind.
Deirdre Von Derriere
A 2012 graduate of Vavoom’s School of Burlesque, Von Derriere brings her self-proclaimed funny-sexy “face made of putty and buns of steel” to as many stages across America as she can. She currently holds the Colorado regional titles of Master of Improvisation and Master of Assels at the world-famous Burleypicks Burlesque & Variety Competition.
Bringing not only a set of curves but a golden throat, Harmony has been shimmying and singing her heart out for the last seven years. She's taken her assets and pipes on tour to the dirty South via burlesque fests in New Orleans, Texas and Atlanta; she's also been in the world-famous Viva Las Vegas. When she hangs her tassels up at home, she moonlights in local rockabilly band The Colfax Cannonballs.
Kicking off her stage career at a young age as a ballerina, Gazella trained with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia and performed for three seasons with the Nevada Ballet before she took a slight turn and headed to Vegas to light up the strip as a showgirl in Bally’s famous Jubilee! show, where she worked her way up from chorus to principal during her tenure. After retiring from performance for a decade, Gazella got the itch to get back in the game and decided to apply her skills to the beckoning world of burlesque in Denver. Since 2013, she’s taken her act on the road at many popular festivals; when she’s not bumping it for BAIW, you can find her “glorious gams and high kicks” at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.
Since she got her start with VaVoom and another Denver sweetheart, Cora Vette, in 2009, Ivy Faerie has honed her sexy skills at a variety of burlesque fests and shows, including Peaks & Pasties and Follies Voudou. She also makes regular appearances with Cora Vette and the VaVaVettes.
For nearly ten years Peggy has been slinging her sexy comedy and aerial dancing at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, where she specializes in what she calls “Performative Poetry Burlesque” that weaves poetry, jokes and personal stories into her teasing tactics. Peggy’s been delighting audiences the world over from New York to London, Ireland, Costa Rica, Missouri, Iowa, Utah and New Mexico.
Burlesque As It Was takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 14 with its Valentine’s Day show (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway. Tickets for this 21+ event are available at Viviennevavoom.com or at the door. VIP seats are sold out but general admission tix are still available.
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