Chaz Royal's London Burlesque Week 2011 opened its doors at the HMS President on Blackfriars bridge on the 26th April, promising to be a week of vaudeville entertainment, parodic humour and wit.
A time to mingle with the performers prior to the show, gave us, the Burlesque Map London team, quality time to chat and find out a bit more about each one, anticipating them on stage during the week.
With a showcase of international performers, the show tonight 'Around the world in 80 minutes' brought pleasure to all the senses. Music, colours, costumes, humour, it had it all, true to a burlesque variety show.
The performances were powerful and entertaining, producing a well deserved response from the crowd, who, from where I was sitting, sounded delighted with the show.
We travelled from Spain, to the USA, Mexico, the Far East, passing through Egypt and onto Indonesia, with an array of superbly performed acts. Siren Stiletto, with her Mexican theme, and Tequila 'skirtrise' injected a dose of Latin passion with songs performed by her accompanying Mexican musicians. No wonder the audience roared at the end with big applause...
The crowd was fantastically responsive on that first night, enjoying all the entertainers and without a doubt, our fabulous host and compère Ivy Paige.
Miss Paige, with her soft spoken voice, nonchalant disposition and dirty mind, entrances the audience and interacts in her very special way. A great act of her own!
Last year's LBW newcomer's winner, Ginger Blush, gave an outstanding performance, finishing with a brilliantly tassel twirling number, which attracted a well deserved applause and some standing ovation.
A much enjoyable first night, which has now set a high standard for the rest of the festival...!!
London Burlesque Week 2011, here we come...!!
|Ivy Paige and the Performers|
|Ginger Blush and her tassels!|