leur de Tease, a variety burlesque revue in the French Quarter, runs on delights: comedy, vaudeville, fire-eaters, aerialists, and, of course, scantily clad women. The star and producer of the monthly show
, Trixie Minx, uses that promise of sexy silliness to pull in regulars and any tourists wandering by the lush velvety confines of One-Eyed Jacks
(615 Toulouse St, New Orleans).
She also pushes her boundaries -- and probably yours. In one recent sketch, for example, she dove full-bore into an old phobia of hers: the folk tale of vagina dentata, or a vagina full of teeth. Trixie developed an entire burlesque scene from what she calls that “horrific” image, casting herself as a dentist taking on the dangerous vagina.
“It was this whole idea of taking something I was afraid of personally and poking fun at it,” Minx says. (You can see part of the sketch in the video above.)
It’s this cheekiness that drives Fleur de Tease, which prides itself in being more than your average burlesque show. For $15 a head, audiences gather to goggle the performers and to offer prompts for the ever-changing shows, where even kinky fears feed the unique spectacle.
“There’s this sort of salacious element to what we do. We’re not going to lie about that,” says Chris Lane, the show’s master of ceremonies. “But it’s also very artistic. And it’s about creativity.” -- Ciera Velarde
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