Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Review
By mranathema

Razzi Suicide, Bricksie Suicide, Priddy Suicide, and Maxxy Suicide performing as the Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque. ©Joe Abbruscato 2013

Razzi Suicide, Bricksie Suicide, Priddy Suicide, and Maxxy Suicide performing as the Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque. ©Joe Abbruscato 2013

On October 29th, 2013, the reigning queens of alternative modeling, the scantily clad and tattooed Suicide Girls, returned to Tempe, Arizona with the newest incarnation of their touring burlesque show: The Blackheart Burlesque. Six years after ending their previous traveling show, the Suicide Girls brought on renowned choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison (whose resume includes work with Lady Gaga, J. Lo, and Beyonce) to grab normal burlesque conventions by the horns and, in true Suicide Girls manner, strip them down and turn them on their heads. Performing to a packed crowd at The Marquee Theatre, the SG girls payed a scantily clad homage to nearly 60 years of popular culture.

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Maxxy Suicide performing at Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque ©Joe Abbruscato 2013

 

Opening up the evening, Mel Suicide took to the stage in an all black get up (her halter reading “Weird” on it, as if the crowd would need reminding that what they were about to see wasn’t to be considered the norm). Stepping to her turntables, she got the evening started with a 45 minute dj set, spinning everything from classic rock to heavy metal. There wasn’t much mixing or scratching to be had, but Mel did a great job of reading and interacting with the crowd, knowing what to play, when to turn up the volume, and when some songs just weren’t working. While basic, it was well done, and got everyone’s attention away from the bar and their cigarettes and up on the stage, where it was to stay to the rest of the evening. After her set, Mel Suicide retreated to the back of the stage, where she would remain for the rest of the show, mixing the performances from the shadows.

 

Katherine Suicide performing at Blackheart Burlesque. ©JoeAbbruscato 2013

Katherine Suicide performing at Blackheart Burlesque. ©JoeAbbruscato 2013

Katherine Suicide (who would be the evenings vibrantly redheaded host and the official voice of Suicide Girls for the show) came out shortly after, a brief and comical “traditional” burlesque chair set, stumbling around while gussied up in a sparkly, rainbow corset, and frilly underwear. This intro was not to last, as the music changed to a mashup of rock and roll within a minute, when onto the stage sauntered Priddy Suicide, Bricksie Suicide, Maxxy Suicide, and Razzi Suicide to pull her off (these four would be the main performers for the rest of the show). Yanking Katherine Suicide off stage, the girls danced and writhed around the stage, interacting with the crowd and getting them ready for two hours of some of the most rollicking burlesque I’ve seen.

 

Each of the seven main performances undressed a movie or television show, and nothing was sacred. These girls gave the crowd a very revealing look into the sexy side of Game of Thrones, The Fifth Element, Dr Who, Planet of the Apes, Kill Bill, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, and more. For one, I will never look at The Dude or Boba Fett the same again. The main performances all featured multiple girls, and between them, each girl got their own highlight to show off their individual talents. The group performances nailed the idea and heart of “burlesque,” but it was these showcase dances which displayed each girls innate understanding of and dedication to the art form. Katherine Suicide and the rest of the girls all are phenomenal dancers and performers in their own right, knowing when and how to pause their dance and best rile up the crowd (be it stroking the faces of the guys front and center or pouring alcohol into the mouths of Suicide Girl hopeful’s). If anything, it is obvious that the Suicide Girls powers-that-be selected the best of the best to represent them on this 9 week, cross-country tour.

 

All in all, Blackheart Burlesque did not disappoint, whether you’re a seasoned burlesque connoisseur, a Suicide Girl fan, or were simply looking for something outside the norm to do. Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque tour will be on the road until the beginning of December, ending at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA on 12/5/13. For tour dates, tickets, pricing, and all other information, visit BlackheartBurlesque.com or suicidegirls.com.

Priddy Suicide performing in Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque. ©Joe Abbruscato 2013

Priddy Suicide performing in Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque. ©Joe Abbruscato 2013

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