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
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.