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Suicide Girls Bring Burlesque to Kimo

Suicide Girls Bring Burlesque to Kimo

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A group of star burlesque performers will wow audiences with the art of erotic dancing with a modern twist at Kimo Theater on April 18.

“Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque” earned the right to spin the burlesque tradition. When the show took a break from touring in 2007, founder Missy Suicide said website fans demanded Suicide Girls return to the stage. Hundreds of people lined up outside comic book shops on the West Coast waiting for signatures from the models of her famous website. After a nearly-five-year hiatus, the show began touring again in 2013.

With its pop culture references and cosplay soundtrack, Blackheart Burlesque’s highly-choreographed spectacle doesn’t just attract the average strip joint dweller. The group’s “Game of Thrones” number brought writer George R.R. Martin to their performance.

Even with themes that appeal to “Stranger Things,” “Star Wars” and “A Clockwork Orange” fans, Blackheart Burlesque never lost its initial hardcore style. The act’s original punk-rock version opened for Guns N’ Roses and Courtney Love, and the show still brings in a subculture of music, tattoo and piercing aficionados.

An unexpected aspect of the “Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque” audience is that the female demographic is slightly higher. Missy Suicide said it’s unusual for a burlesque show to sell more tickets to men than women. What draws women to the show is its celebration of the female form in all its diverse varieties, she said.

“We make it fun and healthy to be sexy,” Suicide said.

The very nature of burlesque is empowering said Joy Coy, an Albuquerque-based striptease artist opening Blackheart Burlesque’s show this year.

“Burlesque celebrates all bodies and reminds us that all shapes and sizes are beautiful, fabulous and deserving of love,” she said.

Coy will open the show with her award-winning Iron Queen act that she choreographed herself.

Suicide Girls choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison worked with Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga. This year, Liryc, who danced with Suicide Girls for four years, is stepping up to choreograph pieces on the six dancers in the troupe. While Suicide said she’s excited one of her dancers is moving up to choreographer, she sticks to production herself.

“I’ve got two left feet,” she said.

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Sara MacNeil is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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  • Kathleen Welker
    July 3, 2017, 7:20 pm

    Sara, who is reviewing local theatre productions at the Free Press these days? I have just come back to the publicity world and found that the email I had for Barry Gaines no longer works. I would like to invite the Free Press to our productions, but need contact info.

    Many thanks!

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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