GLIT­TER STRIP

An in­ter­na­tional bur­lesque queen who found a new lease on her pro­fes­sional life in Aus­tralia is bring­ing her brand new show to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - CATHER­INE LAMBERT Dita Von Teese, Art of the Teese, live at The Star Sun­day. Tick­ets from star.com.au

BUR­LESQUE QUEEN DITA VON TEESE GETS SET TO SPARKLE AT THE STAR

Aus­tralia forced Dita Von Teese to take a fresh look at herself. Just when the Amer­i­can bur­lesque queen was thinking it was time to start keep­ing her clothes on, her fans Down Under helped con­vince her to keep tak­ing them off.

Von Teese, now 45, says she was prepar­ing to re­tire just be­fore her last tour here in 2016, when she was the Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val’s star at­trac­tion. She’s told how she be­gan to worry that she should quit be­fore peo­ple saw ev­i­dence that she was getting older.

But, in­spired by some older fe­male per­form­ers like Madonna, and the ado­ra­tion of Aus­tralian au­di­ences, she ditched the plan.

“A lot of things about Aus­tralia inspire me,” Von Teese says. “I was em­braced a lot and what I do has al­ways been em­braced there. Peo­ple al­ways ask ‘why Aus­tralia?’ It’s so far away and it’s a big un­der­tak­ing to pro­duce a show in an­other coun­try. There’s a lot of red tape and it’s a big ex­pense but last time I was there, we sold tick­ets faster than I ever imag­ined and it felt re­ally in­spir­ing to me.

“Just a year be­fore that, I thought I should re­tire but getting that re­cep­tion in Aus­tralia meant a lot.”

She was rein­vig­o­rated to con­tinue on her path to chal­lenge tra­di­tional views of beauty, di­ver­sity, age and body shape while per­form­ing one of the old­est art forms.

The Art Of the Teese has been put to­gether es­pe­cially for Aus­tralia and fea­tures new acts not seen here be­fore, in­clud­ing Lazy, which she cre­ated for The Crazy Horse Paris, with cos­tumes by the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s favourite de­signer, Jenny Pack­ham.

The show fea­tures four of her most ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mances, in­clud­ing a new ver­sion of her Mar­tini Glass routine, fea­tur­ing a gilt cham­pagne glass, be­daz­zled with more than 150,000 Swarovski crys­tals.

Some other bur­lesque per­form­ers will be join­ing her and Von Teese loves to see how they in­ter­pret acts she cre­ated, such as the Swarovski crys­tallised carousel horse that Dirty Mar­tini per­forms.

An­other of Von Teese’s acts, My Heart Be­longs To Daddy, will be per­formed by Gin­ger Valen­tine, while Aus­tralian Zelia Rose cap­ti­vates the au­di­ence with her modern Josephine Baker trib­ute. Jonny McGovern will be the new host.

“They are all such strong per­form­ers in their own right that I didn’t want to see them do an im­i­ta­tion of me,” Von Teese says.

Von Teese is of­ten de­scribed as a modern fem­i­nist. In light of re­cent rev­e­la­tions where women have been mis­treated in Hol­ly­wood and be­yond, Von Teese shares grat­i­tude women are be­ing open.

“Women feel in­spired by a show like this, see­ing the con­fi­dence of dif­fer­ent body shapes be­ing cel­e­brated,” she says. “When you get to the essence of what it is to be beau­ti­ful – I have met peo­ple con­sid­ered the most beau­ti­ful peo­ple in the world, but they can’t hold a can­dle to peo­ple who have this inner qual­ity.”

Dita Von Teese is bring­ing The Art Of the Teese to The Star Gold Coast on Sun­day.

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