When I knew Dita von Teese was bringing her Strip Strip Hooray show to Australia I didn’t think twice about booking flights to get my booty over to Sydney. There was no way I was missing the queen do her thing onstage while she was so close to New Zealand.
I went along to Sydney and saw the Saturday, June 4th show which was held at Luna Park. My travel companion was fellow Dita fan and friend, Velvet DeCollete. It was so much fun to travel together.
Murray Hill was the MC on the night, he’s a comedian and entertainer from New York and has the cutest voice in the world he reminded me of a chipmunk!
The Guest Performers
Natasha Estrada’s bright costume was incredible and I couldn’t believe how fast that girl could move her bosoms. It was a super fast paced performance compared to the gorgeous Catherine D’Lish who seductively moved around on a spiderweb doing THE SPLITS! (I need to go back to yoga).
I think my favourite guest performance was by Ginger Valentine who was just the cutest little thing in her purple outfit. It was great to see a male performer and Jett Adore was hilarious with his onstage persona. Perle Noir was an absolute sass had the best dance moves I think I’ve ever seen as she pranced around the stage, she had so much energy, I couldn’t even deal with it!
Dita von Teese
Dita was joined onstage by her two amazing male backup dancers called the Vontourage, and stripped her way through 4 incredible acts. The way she incorporated her back up dancers to catch her costume pieces was so perfect, you definitely wouldn’t want those heavy outfits to be dragged on the ground!
You could see that each of her costume pieces were carefully constructed and covered head to toe in Swarovski crystals. It made her costumes catch the mood lighting perfectly, and at times… there was so much sparkle, that it was almost hard for my eyes to focus on her. She was like a glamorous, walking disco ball.
My favourite act of hers was definitely her Rhinestone Cowgirl performance. The way she rode that mechanical bull in slow motion was hypnotising and I couldn’t believe how poised she was the whole time. I imagined myself struggling to even get on the damn thing, let alone sit there without falling off or sliding round.
I lost my marbles in the show finale when the curtains opened to her Opium Den act… she had chosen a customised acoustic version of ‘The Cures- Lullaby’ to go with her act and it blew my mind. I was absolutely entranced during her performances and as Velvet and I mentioned to each other, “We forgot to breathe”. We were both equally blown away by every single performance on the night.
Watching not only Dita von Teese – but also her guest performers was incredibly inspiring and while I have never ruled out trying burlesque – this has definitely given me the confidence to putting an act of my own together one day!
Obviously I didn’t take any photos myself during the show as Dita personally requests that you watch with your eyes and not through a mobile device. This, I agree with wholeheartedly and wish was more accepted during live shows. You could tell that people got the evil eye crowd fellow attendees when phones were brought out, it was nice to feel like we were all on the same page when it came to enjoying, and being in the moment.
If you ever get the opportunity to see this incredible lady then definitely go along, its worth every cent!
Here’s to being more glamorous