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MARIANNE CHEESECAKE

Marianne Cheesecake is an international burlesque performer with a name that brings smiles and sudden cravings for dessert.

A forbidden treat, she is not only elegant eye candy but also the embodiment of provocation and humour.  Born and raised in Canada with origins from Hong Kong, Marianne Cheesecake is a special delicacy that will delight the human senses.  

Presenting the finest traditional burlesque theatre with a cinematic twist, Miss Cheesecake creates memorable shows inspired by popular film characters from the 1920s-1950s.  Starring as a Ziegfeld showgirl, Hollywood glamour puss, and Film Noir detective, Marianne Cheesecake revives such iconic characters from the silver screen, giving a nostalgic theatrical experience that instils excitement in the modern day audience.  Owing much of her work to the great legends themselves, she also has a selection of specialty tribute acts dedicated to Josephine Baker, Charlie Chaplin, Kiki de Montparnasse and Anna May Wong.

Showcasing bite-sized recreations of silent films and old Hollywood classics, Miss Cheesecake indulges the audience with her delectable style, glamorous vintage wear, and entertaining storylines.  A classically trained performer with over 15 years of experience in theatre and creative movement, her choreography is both beautiful and slick with moves that will tease, tantalise and most of all, entertain! With a fine eye for detail, Miss Cheesecake collaborates with highly skilled costumiers and prop makers world-wide to ensure all her shows stand alone as visual masterpieces.

Talented and skilled as a performer and theatre maker, Marianne Cheesecake has collaborated with numerous clients on various projects, tailoring acts for themed events and special occasions.  For example, she re-created Josephine Baker’s scandalous banana dance and performed it at Wigmore Hall in honour of the late Patrick O’Connor, the famous writer, critic and broadcaster who had also written a biography on Josephine Baker.  In 2011, Miss Cheesecake performed a special 1920s style show at a book launch to celebrate the English publication of the graphic biography “Kiki de Montparnasse” by Catel & Bocquet.  Also sought after as a model, Miss Cheesecake acted as a muse for the Cat Woman inspired heroine “Hat Woman”, where she collaborated with illustrators from The Red Dress (Olivia Chancellor and Ollie Bland) to create the character and B-movie style comic strip for a designer hat shop in Hong Kong. Miss Cheesecake regularly features as a model for Dr. Sketchy London, an internationally renowned burlesque life drawing event originally created by Molly Crabapple from Brooklyn, New York.

It is always exhilarating to watch Marianne Cheesecake perform. With her many acts, from the breathtakingly elegant to the cheeky and quirky. This is not the only reason we love her so much at Dr. Sketchy – it is the beauty and stillness of her poses that make her our dream life model.

– Clare-Marie Willmer, Director of Dr. Sketchy London

Starring in her own shows, Marianne Cheesecake has produced a number of events such as a monthly burlesque cabaret evening at Café Coco (Royal Oxford Hotel) in Oxford. In London, she has produced a monthly Asian fusion cabaret show called Shanghai Tea, an afternoon high tea event reviving Shanghai’s golden age of jazz and iniquity at CellarDoor, and a Chinese New Year cabaret spectaculat at Volupté Lounge, London’s most decadent supper club.

A delight to behold – Ms Cheesecake delivers exceptional performances which dazzle the audience every time.

– Karen Farini, Co-Owner of Volupté Lounge

Sharing her love of burlesque, Marianne Cheesecake has taught burlesque classes for Burlesque Baby, a leading burlesque academy and hen’s event company in the UK. Tutoring beginners and budding starlets, Miss Cheesecake has helped with the production of several graduate showcases, transforming ideas into polished and professional performances.

Marianne Cheesecake is a highly commendable person. Every lady who has been taught by her, from the housewife to the aspiring burly dancer, has walked out of her class with absolute belief in themselves.

– Sharon Kay, Director of Burlesque Baby

Based in London, the heart of live entertainment, Marianne Cheesecake performs regularly in the UK and Europe.  Gracing many well-known stages in London including Bush HallCafé de Paris, and Leicester Square Theatre, she has also performed in prestigious private members clubs such as The Brompton ClubCrazy Bear, and Home House.  From celebrities to charities, Miss Cheesecake has been a feature at GOK WAN’S LINGERIE LAUNCH PARTY and a distinguished performer at a fundraising benefit for MIND.

In the UK, Marianne Cheesecake has entertained audiences at the HENLEY ROYAL REGATTASOULWAX/2 MANY DJs TOUR, and MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT CHARITY BENEFIT.  In addition, she has made several appearances in European hot spots like Paris, Milan, Barcelona, and Amsterdam.  Appearing at the most exciting events, Miss Cheesecake has dazzled celebrities and media types at THE KILLS AFTER-SHOW PARTY in Paris, and enchanted burlesque and cabaret fanatics at the LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL.  Her reputation stretches across the Atlantic and has brought her all the way to New YorkLos AngelesSan FranciscoMontreal, and back to her hometown, Toronto.

Marianne Cheesecake is listed regularly in Time Out and has been featured in the UK press such as the Telegraph and Evening Standard.  She has been published in international magazines such as Playboy France and That’s Shanghai, and has been interviewed and published in MTV’s Staying Alive Campaign.

Marianne Cheesecake is a full member of Equity and has her own public liability insurance.  Details can be provided upon request.