Do you love glamour, whimsy, and attention to detail? You must, if burlesque is one of your obsessions. The following shows aren't being advertised as burlesque, but they are precious, rare, and best seen live. If you're in the city, don't miss:
Press Image,The Seattle Times
Victor Trevino, a friend of mine and brother of my very first and very beloved roommate, used to be a member of this troupe. He more recently founded Ballets Grandiva, which is also not to be missed but isn't running this Christmas.
Meow to the World
Image from PS 122.
If you haven't seen Meow Meow, you've never seen anything like Meow Meow. I first saw her in her astonishing performances at Spiegelworld with Weimar New York and then followed her around with a camera for days, trying not to creep her out.
Arias with a Twist
Image: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Joey Arias, seminal New York Performance artist and Cirque du Soleil alumnus, along with our dear and twisted friend puppeteer Basil Twist, put together a show that has left everyone who sees it reeling.
Gypsy on Broadway.
Image by legendary theater photographer Joan Marcus.
I can't imagine why I should have to tell you to see this! I'll be posting my exclusive interview with Laura Benanti, the actress who won a Tony for her portrayal of Louise Hovick/Gypsy Rose Lee, very soon.
The Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
If are in NYC this time of year and you don't go to see the windows at Bergdorf Goodman, you're nuts, you're a loser, you're cheating youself of the most joyous artistic surreal experience that's utterly free of charge.
The other day my friend and I went to the Union Square Market for Christmas shopping, then went to the Carnegie Deli, the Russian Tea Room, the Plaza, and Bergdorf Goodman, where I took the following photos. When it comes to holiday glamour, I am not messing around.
Posted by Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, for burlesquedaily.blogspot.com.