Monday, 13 October 2014

Sequins And Stockings... Part 1

It's been a busy weekend and today I'm resting... well, a little.  It started on Saturday night with a rare trip to Blackpool - more specifically, the truly fabulous Winter Gardens.  The last time I was here was in November 2012 for a Hot Rod car show.  This time around I was rather more hoping to be seeing some hot girls instead, at the first ever Burlesque Noir show.

Although the Blackpool illuminations were on (and I have bad memories of being stuck in the traffic the last time I was here) the trip north from Manchester was perfect timing and thankfully traffic was fairly light - possibly as it was a fairly early start to the show as the doors opened at 6.30pm.  The main draw was the inimitable Immodesty Blaize, a lady that I've never been lucky enough to see perform previously, although possibly the premier performer on the Burlesque scene in the UK and Europe.


Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
 The early arrival gave me a chance to have a quick look at the Winter Gardens themselves, and I have to say I absolutely adored the art deco style of the building - there were glorious touches of elegance and stunning design everywhere you looked.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

The doors finally opened a little later than planned, and already there was quite a queue - the event had sold out very early, and many people clearly had arrived hoping to bag the best seats. Thankfully, I'd had the foresight to book VIP tickets, which not only gave reserved seating, but a table, wine, goodie bag (with Blackpool rock, of course), delicious cupcakes and table service!

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

It also gave a good view of the stage, which would come in very handy later on.  Before the show began, the early arrivals were treated to free chocolates, from Capt. Jack Sparrow and a very lovely mermaid, and performances by magicians and a fire-eating 'bearded' lady.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
The show itself began at 8.00pm, and featured a plethora of top-notch acts from the burlesque world, including the very talented Kiki De Ville and the brilliantly funny Velma von Bon Bon.  However, the temperature (well, certainly mine) increased when the astounding curves of Violet Blaze (no relation to Immodesty!) hit the stage.  Her first act was centred around Cadbury's milk chocolate, and I'd have died a happy woman if I could have licked melting, sweet chocolate from her delicious bountiful curves.  Sex appeal?  She could fill Winter Gardens all on her own with the amount she has.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

That left the final performance of the first set to Immodesty herself.  Immodesty really does tick all the boxes.  Glamorous?  Gorgeous?  Astonishingly sexy?  Professional?  Talented?  Mesmerisingly beautiful?  Yes, all of those, and more.  She shimmered onto the stage, a modern day 50's glamour goddess in sheer sparkling sequined glory, and proceeded to disrobe tantalisingly and devilishly, oozing seduction and sensual sexuality.  Yes, she was breath-taking.  The other performers were fabulous, especially Violet and Velma, but Immodesty really put a different level to the entertainment, and it's easy to see why she has toured the world and entertained royalty and the glitterati with her performances.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

There was a short interval, mainly to calm and cool down after the performances, before the second bout of entertainment.  This mirrored the initial shows, and once again Velma von Bon Bon almost stole the show with a routine that involved three costume changes in her act.  However, as brilliant as the acts were I found myself waiting in excited anticipation for the arrival of Violet Blaze again.

Once again, she left me wondering if Immodesty could top Violet's performance, which ended with a dazzling and mesmerising display of tassle-twirling.  I found myself hollering at the top of my voice as her performance ended.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool
I was left all heavenly hot and beautifully bothered as her chocolate caramel curves departed the stage, leaving the compere to announce the final act of the night - Immodesty once again.

This time she was resplendent in fiery red satin - a Las Vegas showgirl fallen to become the Devil's Temptress.  The very bowels of Hell couldn't have been any hotter than that stage, her dance enthralling a captivated crowd.  I'd have signed my soul away there and then for one kiss from her scarlet lips.  Astounding.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

As she left the stage to yet another standing ovation, I was left with the feeling that, after watching Immodesty's performances, I'll never quite see anything to match it, nor see burlesque in quite the same way again.  This is truly how it should be done.

It was a rapid trip back to Manchester (thankfully avoiding the Illuminations traffic this time), as I had an early start planned for Sunday.... more of which next week.

This week's Picture Of The Week, a little later than usual due to my Sunday excursion, is a snapshot from Burlesque Noir.  It brings back some wonderful recollections from the night - it will be a long, long time before I forget the performances of Immodesty Blaize.





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