Fall always bring a new show with our sister burlesque troupe SLO Tease. This year SLO Tease decided to take things into the creepy and crawly by having a themed show called SLO Tease Presents Darkness! The troupe felt than an early October show would be a great opportunity have a Halloween adjacent show. The performers brought vampires, monsters, the end of the world and more!
Stormy Merryweather performed as the Neil Gaiman incarnation of Lucifer. The song she performed to was "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones. She dressed as a cross-played version of Satan himself that walked through the audience asking for signatures and souls. When the audience seems disinterested in signing away their soul she gets up on stage and decides to strip for souls. At the end of her number, audience members were lining up to sign away, I mean, were they even using that soul anyway?
Selia Something was in two delightfully dark numbers - she performed both a solo and in a group number orchestrated by Eve Riot and Vixyn Satyrias. The solo Selia performed created quite a commotion to the song "Down with the Sickness" as covered by Richard Cheese - from the remake of Dawn of the Dead. She teased the audience with her lovely legs and covered the rest of her face and body with lovely red fans. At the climax of the song, she drops the fans- revealing her zombi-fied face and spitting red raspberry compote at the front row - infecting them all. By the end of her number the stage kittens had to haul her off stage for Selia was ravenous for human flesh! The last part of the number was hearing the head-shots occur off stage and a joke about remembering to get your vaccines!
Selia Something also participated in the giant group number to the Emilie Autumn song "Girls Girls Girls." In this number Vixyn was the head of an asylum full of crazy women who gradually overrun the facility - torturing the scientists and Vixyn along the way. The girls started off behaving, performing in tandem and demonstrating their tricks for the audience. But the control is tenuous and soon the ladies are harassing, humping, cursing, and causing general chaos - driving the head of the asylum to drink and destruction. This number was a feat for all the performers involved and Selia stood out as a Pink and the Brain influenced character with unparalleled silliness on stage.
Although Eve Riot participated in constructing Girls Girls Girls, she did not take part on stage with the piece, instead preferring to create two separate solo stage numbers for this SLO Tease show. Her first solo piece was call "The FallOut will be Advertised." Influenced by the aesthetics of the popular FallOut video game franchise she took the idea of a person being caught surprised during the initial bombardment and the aftermath of the attack. The music was three spliced pieces. The first act being a electro-swing remix of Jingle Jangle from the 4th game of the franchise. The second act was a recording of a Nuclear Attack warning telling everyone to get to a shelter. The final act was "Castle" by Halsey. The character of the Nuka Cola Girl went from bubbly to panicked to fierce with each change.
Eve Riot's second number involved some audience participation. Performing a chair dance with a volunteer member in the chair to Dr.Dog's "The Beach" she seduced the audience at large while playing with the audience victim in the chair. Although no story line or reveals occurred she showed that darkness has a sexy side.
Overall - this show was a massive success. Both nights the Los Osos Community Center was packed to the gills with patrons ready to donate to cancer research and drink till they were silly. The night was full of fun and frights in equal measure with a cast to rival any show.
Congratulations to our fabulous Cirque des Bêtes girls and all participants!
Photo Credits to Brian J Matis Photography
Written by Eve Riot
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