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Breasts of Both Worlds (Weekly Alibi)

April 26, 2012

Duke City and Big Apple tag-team for scintillating show

By Blake Driver
Photo by M. West Photography
Holly Rebelle, center, and Burlesque Noir
 
 
When Albuquerque-based stripteaser Holly Rebelle was thinking about performing in this year’s Texas Burlesque Festival in Austin, one of the show’s producers dissuaded her from bringing her Jackie O. tribute act. 

“The Jacqueline Kennedy act has gotten me some interesting attention in the burlesque scene,” says Rebelle, who recently took home the trophy for Best Soloist at the Austin competition for her new balloon dance, “Rain Cloud,” set to music from the Disney cartoon film Bambi.

But it’s the grieving first widow act, in which Rebelle starts out in a pink suit covered in blood, that she says has become her signature number. “It’s Jacqueline Kennedy after JFK was shot,” she explains. “But it’s tasteful.”

The eight-minute routine capitalizes on the classic burlesque convention of storytelling through movement, costuming and music while reaching for the neo-burlesque heights of profound thought and emotional impact. It’s the performance-art nature of the piece that has made it so popular, says Rebelle, who admits she might be retiring it soon in order to avoid becoming a one-trick pony. But Albuquerque audiences have at least one last chance to catch that risqué display Thursday at Aux Dog Theatre.

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Graduate Becomes First New Mexican to win Burlesque Award (CNM Chronicle)

April 24, 2012

Graduate becomes first New Mexican to win burlesque award
By: Stefany Olivas, Staff Reporter
Photo By: Wildun Photography

Burlesque Noir troupe founder and Veterinary Technician graduate “Holly Rebelle” was the first Burlesque performer from New Mexico to win the solo competition at the recent Texas Burlesque Festival.

She presented a classical bal­loon dance act, which made her top pick, she said.

“They are looking for people to be true to the classic art form of Burlesque. Having a great stage presence, using a classic song and having a well thought out costume were all in my favor,” said Rebelle.

To be recognized by her peers and idols out of about two dozen competitors was a great feeling especially because it is something she enjoys, said Rebelle.

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Click Here to Read More at the CNM Chronicle

Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go

Aux Dog Theater Nob Hill
April 26, 2012

Doors – 7:00 PM

Dangerous Curves Ahead will be returning to Albuquerque. It was great fun watching last time and they’re bringing back more. If you were there in 2009, you’ll remember Clams Casino taking us down to Paradise City, Anita Cookie finding inspiration in a bottle, Minnie Tonka exploring some Vaudeville roots, Darlinda Just Darlinda getting trippy in the blacklight, and Gi Gi la Femme spanking herself silly. It was a fantastic show and we’re in for another round of Brooklyn style BurlyQ. Get your tickets soon, it’s going to be an incredibly amazing ride!

 

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This show is 18+

Pasties, Panties and Tassels, Oh My! (CNM Chronicle)

 

Pasties, panties, and tassels OH MY!

 Published March 27, 2012

By: Stefany Olivas, Staff Reporter

Burlesque Noir hosts funderaiser to compete in national event

 L ocal neo-burlesque performance troupe, Burlesque Noir, is co-hosting a fundraiser and raffle to raise money in order to attend a competition in Texas next month, said vet­erinary technician graduate and troupe founder “Holly Rebelle.” The group hopes the Bikini Bash Bonanza fundraiser will help with travel costs to attend the Texas Burlesque Festival on April 12 – 14 in Austin, said Rebelle.

Rebelle said that the troupe is honored to have another oppor­tunity to represent Albuquerque in a competition. The group won the award for best troupe at the “Great Boston Burlesque Exposition” in 2009, said Rebelle.

While all the girls are pas­sionate and talented, any form of dance as a hobby is very expensive — especially when group travel is involved, said Rebelle.

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Texas ‘n’ Tassels Fundraiser

 

As you may have heard, Burlesque Noir has been invited to compete at Texas Burlesque Festival in April.  Our own Mary Jane Monroe has put together a  fundraiser to help finance the trip.  Prizes include two $150+ packages from Arte De La Mano Aveda Salon, a 4 pack of tickets to Burlesque Noir’s “Burlesque in the Wild West” on May 26, Gift Cards to Free Radicals, and more.

 

Festivities get underway at The Cafe Mary Jane (3600 Highway 528 in Rio Rancho) 11 AM on March 31.  Need not be present to win.

 

Our friend DJ Brian Botkiller will be on hand to spin the beats and Dark Flash Photos will be taking photos.  Come down to the Cafe Mary Jane, grab some food and party with the ladies of Burlesque Noir while they draw our winners.

 

We have created an E-Ticket Raffle system in addition to physical tickets.

 

You can purchase E-Raffle tickets on our site and read more about the event by clicking here.

Texas Burlesuqe Festival 2012

Hooray!  Burlesque Noir and Holly Rebelle were selected for Texas Burlesque Festival.  Both Holly and BN will be competing in the Best of the Fest Saturday night competition.

We’re all super excited for Austin, TX!

April 12 – 14th

Southwest Burlesque Showcase 2012

SHOWCASE OPENING NIGHT GALA THURSDAY FEB 9TH 2012 – @ THE LAUNCHPAD  FREE WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE FOR FRIDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT. OTHERWISE $5 AT THE DOOR. 21+ At the request of the venue.

Bridgette Bordoux – CO
Natasha Noir – AZ
Cherry Brandi – NM
Madame Lennox – NM
Delicia Doll Curls – NM
Joy Coy – NM
Mena Domina -NM
Malificient Allure – NM
Ann Gora featuring Christian Drake – NM
MC’d by Xavier Wyntir
MUSICAL GUESTS –  VERTIGO VENUS and THE HI-LO TONES 

21+   FREE w/ proof of purchase of KIMO Tickets, otherwise $5 at the door.

 
 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 – @ THE KIMO THEATER


Stroker Ace – CO
Mr. Valdez – CO
Red Hot Annie – IL
Zircus Erotique – NM
Honey Touche & The Touchettes – CO
Tallulah St. James – NM
General Blackery – NM
Cookie Fortune & Cherry Jubilee – NM 

Bunny Bee – CO 
Freya West – TN
Whiskey Darling – CO
Cherry Glitterbomb & Mustang Monroe – CO
Kiss Me Kate – CA
Black Mariah – TX
Flame Cynders – CA 

HEADLINER – COCO LECTRIC –  TX 
MC (S) DEVIN D O’LEARY – CORA VETTE – CO 

 

 

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH 2012 – @ THE KIMO THEATER


Orchid Mei – CO
Scarlett Letter – CA
Burlesque Noir – NM
Bebe Barrio – CO
Lola Spitfire – CO
Bobbie Burlesque – CA
Holly Rebelle – NM
Pearl Lux -TX
ChaCha Velour – NV
Sophia Sirena – CA
Godiva  Bleu – NM
Kellita – CA
Mr. & Mrs. Snapper – CA
Jolie Amphere Goodnight – TX
September Smith & Amy Christian – NM
Kitty Irreverent – NM 
HEADLINER – INDIGO BLUE – WA 

MC (S) DEVIN D O’LEARY – CORA VETTE – CO 

A Year in Burlesque – 2011 wrap-up

It’s sad that in 2011, I don’t think I’d blogged at all.  I have kept a journal since I was old enough to write, and it is somewhat upsetting that I did not record a thing from 2011.  2011 was a break out year for me, so I am going to try and recall everything that happened that left me loving my life this year.

In January, Ann Gora and I headed up North to perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret (and pick up a 4th place finish at Geek Bowl V).  I wanted to continue working out the Jackie Kennedy act that I had debuted for Halloween 2010.  My troupe, audience and other performers had given me such positive feedback on it that I felt that I needed to really work on it at every opportunity.

February rolled around to the Fifth Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase. Guests from previous years included Coco Lectric, Bobbie Burlesque, Sophia Sirena, Flame Cynders, Scarlet Letter, and new to New Mexico, Red Hot Annie, Cha Cha Velour, Vi Vacious, and more. Burlesque Noir reprised our Sorority Girl/Freddy and Jason Make a Porno act – a 10 minute number recalling the campy horror films of the 80s.  I brought Jackie Kennedy to the big stage – this time with some new costuming and some changes in staging – again the piece was very well received.

March found us flying to Chicago to perform at the 2nd Annual Windy City Burlesque Fest.  I had the pleasure of traveling with General Blackery and Isis.  Our gracious host and festival producer, Red Hot Annie, put us up and helped us get around Chicago.  We had our first time exposure to the Stage Door Johnnies and MANY wonderful Midwest performers.  We believe the total was 108 acts in 30 hours.  Great time, great food and drinks and so many incredible acts were highlights of the trip.

April took me down a new course that I hadn’t anticipated; a new opportunity for me and my career as a performer.  I had been asked to accept a promotion to headliner for the Great Burlesque Exposition, alongside the Shanghai Pearl and Jo “Boobs” Weldon.  WHAT!?  This was my first moment feeling like this little burlesque hobbyist didn’tbelong in the company of burlesque stars.  My Jackie Kennedy act went well and I had a wonderful time (as always) in Cambridge.  It is a bittersweet moment in retrospect that I was able to take some classes with Burlesque Legend  Joan Arline “The Sexquire Girl” who passed away only a few months later.

Our plane had hardly touched down in Albuquerque before we went on to our next adventure, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey were at my house 2 days after returning from Boston and we were hosting a special Wednesday night with them in Albuquerque.  What a hit that show was!  It also was great that they closed the evening with “Total Eclipse of the Heart” a personal favorite that I had shared every chance I could after seeing it win at Exotic World.

In May, Ms. Talullah St. James called  me up to perform an older act at one of the Zircus Erotique shows.  I did my Paint It Black number and had such a blast!!!  This show kind of brought that act back for me, and now I am trying to get it out there more because it is just so much fun.

June came and brought Burlesque Noir Presents:  Red Hot Burlesque Summer starring Hot Pink Feather, Kellita from San Francisco.  We had met Kellita in Chicago and discussed having her come out to see us and perform at a show.  Kellita was a wonderful guest and incredible talent to perform with Burlesque Noir.

July is always and will always be reserved for Colorado Burlesque Festival.  This year, New Mexico was represented at least once at each of the five shows at CBF and I am so proud to share a State with our local performers.  Burlesque Noir kicked things off on Thursday night with our Dragula number, Zircus Erotique, Kitty Irreverent and Vivian MirAnn all took to the stage for the Friday late night.  On Saturday, Tallulah St. James performed her empress number and finally Mena Domina and General Blackery shut down the Sunday pool party.

I found myself speechless upon hearing my personal place in Colorado Burlesque Festival.  I was selected to perform Jackie Kennedy on Friday’s exclusive VIP night.  While not the biggest show for CBF, it was certainly the best of the best.  I was told this night was reserved for headliners, producers and a handful of the best acts submitted for the festival.  I was billed alongside every wonderful and beautiful performer whom I’d admired for years.  After the show, one woman in the audience thanked me for the Jackie number, she was old enough to remember the assassination, and we cried together.  It was truly the most touching moment of my career as a performer.  As I was flying home, I was stopped by a TSA security screener.  I thought, “This can’t be good.”  Actually, the TSA agent happened to be in the audience at Lannie’s for the Jackie performance.  She spotted me from a few stations over and wanted to personally thank me for the act.  Wow.

At the end of July, Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Indigo Blue paid NM a visit and taught some classes.  She also requested pulled pork for dinner.  I can’t stand BBQ but made an exception for a queen!  Since she was here, I proposed she come headline at Southwest Burlesque Showcase 2012.  Proposal accepted!  What an honor to have her return to New Mexico and hit the stage with us in February, 2012.

In August, I was booked for two shows in Colorado.  Friday night, Mr. Valdez’s (of Peaks and Pasties) show in Colorado Springs.  Saturday night, Pierre’s late show at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver.  I couldn’t have timed my trip any better.  It turns out Inga Ingenue happened to be in Colorado Springs that weekend as well.  Lola Spitfire told me that Saturday morning Inga was teaching a class, we stopped by the Hot Rod Ho-Down to grab some breakfast and take Inga’s class.  After class, my plan was to drive up to Denver but Lola convinced me to stick around and perform for her burlesque show at HRHD that night.  I protested that I needed to go perform in Denver, but Lola said “Inga is doing both. So can you.”  I caved to the peer pressure; we wrapped up the show in Springs and raced up to Lannie’s.  They were halfway through the night already, but on the plus side my makeup and hair were already done.  So this was my first experience performing 2 shows, two different cities, one night.  All alongside someone I admire in burlesque!

September brought us back to Colorado Springs.  This time, Burlesque Noir traveled up North to perform our signature blacklight number     T-36DD at Satan Angel‘s Birthday Party with Peaks and Pasties.  We got to take classes with Satan’s Angel and Foxy Tann; I also debuted my new balloon act, Little April Showers on the giant and beautiful stage of the Stargazers Theater.  It’s a huge Geodesic Dome!

November we returned to our usual production mode for Burlesque Noir Presents: Martini Time! The show starred Midnite Martini, Peggy Tulane, and Honey Touché from Denver, CO.  These are three of the first ladies I’d ever met in the Colorado Burlesque scene and we enjoyed having them come down to visit and perform with us.

Finally in 2012, Burlesque Noir had some new performers join us and we are so happy they’re here!  We can’t wait to see what Joy Coy, Ginger Balls, Annie O’Roar, and Shelly Sequinz bring to the stage this year.

Happy 2012!  I look forward to all I can accomplish in the New Year.  I do hope to continue to create acts that are brave and bold.

 

Southwest Burlesque Showcase 2012

Copied from BurqueBurlesque.com

SHOWCASE OPENING NIGHT GALA THURSDAY FEB 9TH 2012 – @ THE LAUNCHPAD  FREE WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE FOR FRIDAY OR SATURDAYNIGHT. OTHERWISE $5 AT THE DOOR. 21+ At the request of the venue. 

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Join us for a fun filled evening of Burlesque, live music, vendors, snacks and fun.   Details for this show are still being arranged, more to come!

Burlesque Performances By
Bridgette Bordoux – CO
Bunny Galore – CO
Cherry Brandi – NM
Madame Lennox – NM
Delicia Doll Curls – NM
Joy Coy – NM
Mena Domina -NM
Malificient Allure – NM


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2012 – @ THE KIMO THEATER           CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS 

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Stroker Ace – CO
Mr. Valdez – CO
Red Hot Annie – IL
Zircus Erotique – NM
Honey Touche & The Touchettes – CO
Tallulah St. James – NM
General Blackery – NM
Cookie Fortune & Cherry Jubilee – NM 

Bunny Bee – CO 
Freya West – TN
Whiskey Darling – CO
Cherry Glitterbomb & Mustang Monroe – CO
Kiss Me Kate – CA
Black Mariah – TX
Flame Cynders – CA 

HEADLINER – COCO LECTRIC –  TX 
MC (S) DEVIN D O’LEARY – CORA VETTE – CO 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH 2012 – @ THE KIMO THEATER          CLICK TO PURCHASE TICKETS 

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Orchid Mei – CO
Scarlett Letter – CA
Burlesque Noir – NM
Bebe Barrio – CO
Lola Spitfire – CO
Bobbie Burlesque – CA
Holly Rebelle – NM
Pearl Lux -TX
ChaCha Velour – NV
Sophia Sirena – CA
Godiva  Bleu – NM
Kellita – CA
Mr. & Mrs. Snappber – CA
Jolie Amphere Goodnight – TX
September Smith & Amy Christian – NM
Kitty Irreverent – NM 
HEADLINER – INDIGO BLUE – WA 

MC (S) DEVIN D O’LEARY – CORA VETTE – CO 

Epic Costume Malfunction

This Saturday we ran Burlesque Noir presents Martini Time.  Holly was performing her new solo, Little April Showers, a balloon dress number.  As she approached the balloon popping portion of the act, something incredible happened.  Holly poked a single balloon, which upon exploding, caused most of the rest of the balloons to go off with it. What you see here is nearly 20 glitter filled balloons exploding in one instant.  Truly epic.  Holly went along with it and finished the act, improvising as necessary.  We’re just so glad Dark Flash Photography got a shot right at the moment of explosion.

 

Thank you so much to everybody who came out, our favorite band, Vertigo Venus, the performers, stage manager/choreographer Tony Travis, Stevie, our Kittens, DJ Brian Botkiller and the rest of the crew of Burlesque Noir.  Finally, our biggest thanks to our guest stars Honey Touche‘, Peggy Tulane and Midnite Martini for driving down to perform with us.