“Are you ready to see some stripping zombies?” Thus began the third annual Zombielesque, a Halloween burlesque show filled with the creepy and the sultry, hosted by Denver’s own living burlesque legend, Cora Vette.
Last night at the Bar Standard on Broadway in downtown Denver, the dancing dead came out of the woodwork to put on Denver’s finest (and sadly only) zombie-themed Halloween burlesque show. It was disturbing, twisted, horrifying… and the most fun you’ll ever have in a room full of blood-splattered, curvaceous entertainers taking their clothes off.
The show opened with a musical number by the always stunning and hilarious Cora Vette. Draped in a blood-soaked gown and sporting ludicrous Elvira locks, Cora wasted no time in initiating the audience to her unusual brand of quirky, bawdy humor. She may be the only woman alive who can make people laugh at lame zombie puns, but she does it well.
A Who’s-Who of Denver’s burlesque community graced the stage with various Halloween and zombie-themed acts. Because half the fun of burlesque is the stage names, we simply must give you a run-down of the lovely ladies of Zombielesque. Dancers like Frangelica Love, Cherry Pop Pop Poppins, Gigi DeLovely, Frenchie Renaud, Sapphire Stone, Snowy Mountain, Eve Vette, Lucy Britches, and Aspen Fire graced the stage with their seductive, surprisingly funny antics.
Check out the slide show for scenes from last night’s Zombielesque.
There were vampires, devils, zombies, even an homage to the Day of the Dead and an entire vignette inspired by the legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory (she who bathed in the blood of virgins to maintain her youthful beauty). In fact, this literal blood bath–performed by the captivating Cherry Pop Pop Poppins–was one of the most creative, arresting acts in the show.
The dancers performed to songs like Rob Zombie’s “Living Dead Girl” (naturally), Santana’s “Black Magic Woman”, and even a number from the musical “Sweeney Todd.” Cora Vette and Eve Vette (partners in crime at burlesque outfitter VaVaVette) belted out the Broadway strains of “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked” while dressed as Glinda and Elfaba.
While there were plenty of coy glances and intentional wardrobe malfunctions, Zombielesque is not all bare bosoms and buns. Zombielesque is funny. It’s entertaining in a way that is sadly hard to find in live theater. The dancers are true entertainers, and they make the audience work for their enjoyment.
The good news is that though Zombielesque is a seasonal Halloween burlesque show, Cora Vette and Black Box Burlesque perform year-round throughout the Denver area. So keep your eyes peeled and your pearls clutched for Denver’s finest burlesque all year long.
Stay informed, stay alive: Visit Cora Vette and Black Box Burlesque online for information about upcoming performances. You can also shop for burlesque gear at VaVaVette and become a fan of Cora Vette on Facebook.
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