This past Friday, Beth and I set up a Kuhmillion booth at the Black Widow Burlesque "Unbound" show at the ND here in Austin. The show was MC'd by the always funny Nicole Lucas and billed as pushing the boundaries of what we normally see from the Black Widows. I have to agree, it was pretty avant garde, with each performer pushing her limits a bit. The crowd was loud and loved it all.
The ND is a great place for burlesque shows because of the nice layout of the stage, the bar and the open floor. Beth (wo)manned the booth and did all the work while I floated around taking photos. Here are a few highlights.
Zaftigg Von BonBon started out in this nice yellow swimsuit, but ended up in a kiddie pool of glitter with almost nothing else on.
If you want to see the glitter, check out our full slideshow on Flickr.
I just love Sailor Cherry. Wearing a simple burlesque corset, she performed a naughty jailbreak number with a chair and handcuffs, and showed the crowd one of her signature moves:
Did I mention there was a unicorn number with horn stroking? Yeah I just did. Bleu Magnolia seemed to channel David Lynch on this one and never took off the strangely life-like mask to reveal her face. Pretty cool though.
Guest aerialist Bethany Summersizzle of Sky Candy performed one "simple" tease on stage wearing a cute and classic pinstripe garter belt and stockings, showing off her amazingly flexible body.
Then she did an aerial number on a swing in the middle of the room. So impressive.
Betty Blue did a fun number with a lovely costume change tease behind a screen.
I was lucky enough to snap a shot of her just as she peeked out from behind the screen.
And Ginger Snaps performed her now infamous "Lola" number to the crowd's uproarious delight. I thought this costume was great with the striking black beaded fringe contrasting against the brilliant pink dress.
The finale was a dark group number contrived as a sort of funeral mourning, complete with all black dresses, gloves and veils. Each member took a turn to reveal a bit and bring their part in the production to a figurative and literal close.
A great show and a wonderfully eager Friday night crowd. We are always thankful to be a part of these shows and to see great burlesque performances. Thanks for having us, Black Widows!
If you want to see all the pics from the show, check out our "Unbound" Flickr set.