Land of the Sweets: A Burlesque Tradition

Photo by POC Photo.

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 [...]

DiVino: Burlesque Fit for the Gods


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


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

House of Thee UnHoly: A “Rocklesque” Extravaganza


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

Corp du Burlesque - Photo by Chris Blakeley

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

Lily Verlaine in House of Thee UnHoly
Photo by Michael Doucette

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

Atomic Bombshells Feel the Love

J'Adore_by Jen DeLeo for Nate Gowdy Photography-1

“What better metaphor for love is there than getting stabbed in the heart by a flying baby?” jokes Ben De [...]

Burlesco Divino Delivers a Timeless Journey in the Eternal City


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

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