Riding high on the success of The Burlesque Ball 2010, Jac Bowie introduced Australia to the grittier side of Burlesque, by bringing out acclaimed performers Julie Atlas Muz and Peekaboo Pointe. The scene in New York is full of performers pushing the boundaries between burlesque, striptease, humour, performance art, contemporary dance, incredible circus skills and art. It's a scene flourishing, with performers constantly creating thought provocking pieces and taking risks.
Emerald Follies is all about this scene. It's all about the grit, passion, and fast paced underground New York burlesque scene.
Set to be a monthly affair at new Melbourne venue Red Bennies, in Chapel Street, Prahan, Emerald Follies will feature a roster of all female burlesque talent, bumping and grinding out different themes each month. It's an opportunity to see your favourite performers, and some emerging ones, constantly pushing out new material, and with minimal rules set upon them, it won't be an evening for the fainthearted - expect the unexpected.
With upcoming themes ranging from "Iconic Movie Moments" to "Beauty Queen Crime Scene" to "70's Porn" Emerald Follies gives the audiences and performers fresh ideas and hilarious takes on the theme at hand.
The Strawberry Siren
Miss Strawberry Siren has been dazzling crowds both in Australia and overseas with her brand of Burlesque tease, for the last 3 years. No stranger to the stage, Miss Strawberry has been performing since the tender age of 12 (yes.... that's 15 years on the stage!) Miss Strawberry draws on her extensive background in Circus and Dance to provide a fresh and fancy take on Burlesque that she likes to call Cirlesque! Miss Strawberry has performed for many high quality events including the “Fringe Festival” in both Melbourne and Wellington and Burlesque events such as “Red Door Burlesque”, “Kiss or Kill Burlesque” and “Lady Luck Club”. Miss Strawberry host’s and performs at her own variety night “Cabaret Cirlesque” and Burlesque night "Bare-knuckled Burlesque & Bands" in Melbourne each month.
Laura is a captivating performer, particularly renowned for her skillful command of the aerial ring and tissue, as well as being skilled in hula hoops and adagio.
Laura has honed her circus skills at Vulcana Women’s Circus (Brisbane), training with a range of national and international artists and performing in the circus arts for the last six years. Her stage presence and grace have been further developed by drawing upon a number of other disciplines including ballet, capoeira and Suzuki Method performance training. Laura has delighted audiences at a variety of events including Adelaide Fringe Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Red Door Burlesque, Melbourne Fringe Festival and various corporate and community events across Australia.
Laura LaReyna is a lady of leisure. But don’t be mislead, Laura doesn’t spend every day riding pink ponies. After all, it is a full time job being this fabulous, and you know this girl puts in her overtime. Focusing her performances on strong aesthetics, clean images and immaculate. detailed costuming, Laura creates a style that is a rendezvous of pop culture, burlesque with a dash of fantasy thrown in for good measure - and lets not forget the secret ingredient... love.
Kelly Ann Doll
She is undeniably Australia's pinup pocket rocket, former Australian Rock and Roll & Swing Champion and full time stick of dynamite. Miss Kelly Ann Doll has entertained audiences for over 13 years and has been described as the best thing to come out of Barbie's picture perfect family! "Hot, fast and down right dirty", "foot work that it needs to be seen to be believed", "aerials that will make your head spin. She has no fear". Whether it's dancing, posing or performing, this doll was born to entertain.
Burlesque: Kelly Anne Doll / Miss Strawberry Siren
Notes: Show times are approximate. Most tickets are for General Admission / standing room only - if you wish to book a table or a booth, please call the Red Bennies office to make a reservation on (03) 9826 2689