Burlesque Troupe Revamps Art Form
Published July 23, 2007
by Samantha Scott
There’s more to burlesque than what meets – or doesn’t meet – the eye.
The members of Burlesque Noir, a self-described neo-burlesque troupe, practice for about six hours each week, said Holly Rebelle, the troupe’s founder. And the rehearsal has clearly had an effect on Burlesque Noir’s artistic evolution.
Since Burlesque Noir began in January 2005, the troupe has made dramatic creative and conceptual advances. Rebelle started the troupe as a side project to former Albuquerque fetish performance group Crushed Velvet Rope.
Rebelle said Burlesque Noir began by performing alongside Crushed Velvet Rope, performing five or six pieces per show. Now, it performs 14 to 20 burlesque pieces per show, as well as hosting two to four guest performers.
“We have grown to produce, direct and perform full-length shows,” Rebelle said.