Land of the Sweets: A Burlesque Tradition

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Attention readers: To all those tired of the Nutcracker—whether that’s performing the Nutcracker, watching the Nutcracker, or feeling weary from [...]

The Nutcracker: A History

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, a Verlaine and McCann Presents production. Photo by POC Photos.

The Nutcracker is the Shmoo of ballets. If you’re under 50, you’ll probably have to look up cartoonist Al Capp’s [...]

Two Haunted Affairs at reSET

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It’s not often that choreographers or even dance companies can splurge on elaborate theatrical sets. Enter Washington Ensemble Theater, ready [...]

DiVino: Burlesque Fit for the Gods

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The inspired pair who masterminded burlesque versions of The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann, presented [...]

Sexy New Ballets at House of Verlaine

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How many elements of the performance have to change before ballet becomes burlesque? And when you’re Lily Verlaine, are those [...]

House of Verlaine Opens New Doors

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“In the past I’ve brought a classical aesthetic to burlesque dance,” says Lily Verlaine, the Seattle burlesque diva extraordinaire. Now, [...]

House of Thee UnHoly: A “Rocklesque” Extravaganza

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House of Thee UnHoly, a ‘70s epic rock-burlesque-theater spectacle that defies categorization, will see its sixth incarnation this March 11-15 [...]

With Land of The Sweets, Nutcracker Grows Up

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Like many dancers, I have performed in many (too many?) Nutcrackers. Intellectually, I can appreciate the ballet’s role as a [...]

UnHoly Night: Sex, Psychedelia, and Zeppelin

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Imagine living the dream: Led Zeppelin as a life soundtrack, beautifully choreographed orgies with beautiful people all the time, and [...]

Burlesco Divino Delivers a Timeless Journey in the Eternal City

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Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann, the Seattle-based burlesque artists, showcased dance.

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