Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2016 announced

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival at the Vogue Theatre, May 3 2014. Jess Desaulniers-Lea photo.

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival at the Vogue Theatre, May 3 2014. Jess Desaulniers-Lea photo.

With half-naked Stormtroopers among this spring’s big ticket items, it only makes sense that the 2016 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival has announced its lineup. Although we’re not sure if any kind of Star Wars burlesque is on the agenda, the VIBF does have some interesting entertainment lined up.

This year, the festival is divided into two events. The International Cabaret (May 6) features performers from around the world. Vancouver Uncovered (May 7) features some of the best local burlesque practitioners. Both male and female dancers are appearing, along with a burlesque legend.

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Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2016 announced

Where can you see half-naked Stormtroopers this spring in Vancouver?

Star Wars Burlesque at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Nov 23 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Star Wars Burlesque at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Nov 23 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

A new Star Wars movie can only mean one thing. Well, actually, it can mean a lot of things.

But one of the side-products of The Force Awakens, the hugely successful 2015 addition to the Star Wars movie canon, is burlesque routines inspired by the adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. And it looks like April is going to give fans plenty of opportunity to see half-naked Stormtroopers as both a local company and a U.S.-based troupe bring some raunch to the family-friendly franchise.

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Where can you see half-naked Stormtroopers this spring in Vancouver?

Vancouver’s Cage-iest burlesque show returns

Lithium Little as Ghost Rider

Lithium Little as Ghost Rider in Not the Bees: A Burlesque Tribute to Nicolas Cage.

Vancouverites have spoken. And what they’ve said is, “Give us more Nicolas Cage burlesque!”

Not the Bees: A Burlesque Tribute to Nicolas Cage features members of Vancouver “nerdlesque” troupe Geekenders paying tribute to the actor, who is famous for his oddball performances in a spectrum of movies that runs from the sublime to the ridiculous. The first mounting of the show was a hit, selling out the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). So Geekenders are remounting Not the Bees at the Rio on Oct. 17.

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Vancouver’s Cage-iest burlesque show returns

Naked Girls Reading series returns to Vancouver with Tales of Love

Sweet Sashay

Sweet Sashay at Naked Girls Reading Neil Gaiman at the Backstage Lounge, Vancouver, March 18 2012. Frankie Panky photo.

If it’s true that everyone wants love, then it may also be true that everyone, or at least a lot of people, want to see and hear naked girls reading stories about love.

As a concept, it doesn’t get much simpler than the Naked Girls Reading series. The latest Vancouver edition of the international phenomenon features four dancers from the local burlesque scene reading what are being billed as Tales of Love. So what will it be: 50 Shades of Grey or The Story of O? Lady Chatterley’s Lover or Gone With the Wind?

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Naked Girls Reading series returns to Vancouver with Tales of Love

5 Reasons You Should Go to a Burlesque Show in Vancouver

Burlesque in Vancouver

Image courtesy of Dance Photographer – Brendan Lally | Flickr.com

Burlesque in Vancouver has recently surged in popularity, with weekly shows and monthly extravaganzas put on by world-famous performers. To top it all off, there’s even an annual International Burlesque Festival (in May) that brings performers from all over the world to shake their ta-tas in our beautiful city.

So, what’s the draw? Why are hundreds of Vancouverites flocking to the weekly and monthly burlesque shows that are taking place in venues across the city? Simple. Burlesque is fun, flirty, sexy, and a little geeky all at the same time. It’s different from simply seeing a stripper, and it is an entertaining and empowering scene that is thriving in Vancouver.

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5 Reasons You Should Go to a Burlesque Show in Vancouver

Beerlesque II

Dizzy Little at Beerlesque

Dizzy Little at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse, Vancouver Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

If you like beer, half-nekkid ladies and danger-defying men, Beerlesque II (Sept 21 6 – 11 p.m.) is just the ticket. And if you like guys named Chip, you’re in for a real treat.

Besides some of Vancouver’s premiere burlesque performers and a number of Pacific Northwest craft brews, this year’s Beerlesque also features the Comic Strippers, a male stripper parody review featuring six dancers all named Chip. According to creator and Vancouver comic Roman Danylo, the review is “an explosion of ridiculousness.”

Meanwhile, some of the hottest names in the city’s tassel scene will take things a little more seriously – but not by much.

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Beerlesque II