Our first burlesque show in Stockholm. Stu and I used to go to burley-q shows fairly often in the US. Like yoga classes, we'd try to go to burlesque shows whenever we were in a new city. We just hadn't jumped on any of the few opportunities since being in Stockholm until last night, when we went with our Finnish friends.
It wasn't cheap at 180:- a pop ($26) at the Kägelbanen back bar at the beautiful Södra Teatern. We had missed a show last month with a Vegas theme, but this one was "A Family Affair." I guess they were channeling the Addams Family. The poster was kind of creepy...
The show started about midnight. It ended at 12:45. Seriously, the most expensive and shortest burlesque show I have ever been to. But not without merit. The MC didn't overstay his welcome, and the acts were pretty tight...we have seen some disasterous burlesque shows, and this was surprisingly well-run! Its the Swedish way.
There was a pregnant burlesque dancer. Yes, like in her third trimester, with a very pregnant belly in a sheer pink body suit. And there was a little person burlesque dancer. I am not kidding. Her second act was to be wheeled out in a baby stroller and then kick her blankets off so she was wearing some red sequined two-piece number. Very interesting. I think. And there was a plus-sized burlesque dancer who probably had the best act of the night, bathing in a giant champagne glass while singing Chicago showtunes.
But better perhaps than the show was the scene at Kägelbanen. We have seen more fun, more interesting burlesque acts, but we have never seen the audience get SO into it (we even went to the New York Burlesque festival and didn't see nearly as many people dressed up.)
There was over-the-top make up, pin curls, and fishnets. There were men in goth, men in tuxedos, men in drag. There were women in goth, women in ballgowns, women in drag. There were women in their underwear, and women obviously WITHOUT any underwear. It was insane...I loved it! It was worth going solely to see how Stockholmers pull out all the stops as an audience. I wish I had brought a camera. I really, really wish I had brought a camera.