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My Burlesque Highlights of 2018

As the year draws to a close, I want to look back and reflect on an eventful past 12 months.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect and collaborate with different people from all over the world. This past year has been a year of expansion and reinvention; my new direction in dessert-inspired burlesque creations, culminating in the performances “Berrylicious” and “Chocolate Raspberry“.

This new direction has led to travel, shows, shoots and workshops in a plethora of exciting places, working with a diverse range of talent from different cultural creative areas than I had previously experienced.

Most of all, this was a year of challenging myself; pushing myself in new creative directions, and being open to “saying yes” and embracing the next steps that came with positive affirmation.

 

In no particular order of preference, here are my top ten highlights from this year!

 

1. Collaborating with Nina Marie Shoes and performing at the Brighton Chocolate Festival

My dream of meeting and collaborating with Nina Jordan finally came true! Not only that, but I am fortunate to have collaborated with her on several wonderful projects. What a fabulous merging of delicious ideas! Combining the best of Chocolate and Burlesque at this year’s Brighton Chocolate Festival, presented and introduced by Discover Cacao.

 

2. Collaborating with Fetish Noir Couture

I had the luxury of really getting to know the work and process of the talented Lia Parravicini; an all-round artist with a big heart for Burlesque! I love her unique and intricate designs, and precise attention to detail. She was very open to work in a close-knit conceptual collaboration for the dessert-themed ideas which led to the costumes used in my “Berrylicious” and “Chocolate Raspberry” routines. I also got to model her showgirl skinwear sets which just added to our fantastic collaboration.

 

3. Burlesquing and Teaching Abroad

I was lucky to reconnect with old friends, such as Miss Diamond aka. The Fabulous Mrs Murphy aka. The Fab Coach from Stockholm & Betty Q, powerhouse and pioneer of Madame Q in Warsaw.

2018 was a year of travel! Great productive trips to Europe and reconnecting with fellow performers I had crossed paths with many years ago. It was eye-opening to see them flourish in their businesses and creative endeavours, leading to magnificent progress. In Stockholm, I was able to work with The Fabulous Mrs Murphy, not only on shows, but also teaching Burlesque to her students….then came Warsaw performing at Madame Q and teaching a character workshop.

 

4. Creating a home at The Courtesan

Near the beginning of the year, I was invited to perform at The Courtesan in Brixton, London. Since then, I have been able to return and perform there regularly, and now I feel a part of the venue’s creative family. On a side note, who doesn’t like the delicious combination of Dim Sum and Cocktails?

 

5. Connecting with an amazing cast of Asian Burlesque performers in NYC at the 6th Annual Asian Burlesque Festival (produced by Calamity Chang and Jen Gapay)

More travel opportunities! Going to the Big Apple, NYC and working with the wonderful Calamity Chang and Jen Gapay, and their wonderful creative team. I got to meet a fantastic multicultural cast of performers spanning the globe; in particular, meeting and performing alongside Midnite Martini, voted Miss Exotic World 2014. The event was a celebration of Asian culture in Burlesque and Cabaret. A rich, powerful, and diverse well of talent.

 

6. Collaborating with Musicians – Dr Schwamp and 52 Skidoo

Live music and Burlesque is a match made in heaven, and one of the most authentic ways to enjoy these art forms together on stage. Dr. Schwamp brings rich, multisensory events across the capital. It was a great experience to be a part of a delicious show where cheesecake and cocktails were served, adding to the experience. With 52 Skidoo, I was able to once more work with this 1920s live band from Manchester. In my performing past, our paths had crossed many times before, so it was very rewarding to work with these talented musicians again.

 

7. Creating my Pop-up Pasties concept and stand

One of my long-term goals that came to fruition in 2018 was bringing a multisensory dimension to shows. This resulted in the addition of a cake stand with delicious treats and delectable pasties alongside my performance in venues. I first brought this to life when travelling to Eindhoven at the beginning of the year to perform at Blue Moon Cabaret. Since then, it has now become an established travelling trick of mine to bring a sweet feast when selling merchandise.

 

8. Working with a handful of ace photographers

Over the last year I managed to meet a whole host of photographers specialising in many different artistic areas, such as Vintage, Pin-Up, Fashion, and Beauty Photography. This resulted in exciting new projects and publications. This range of talent was able to capture my new creations and really visualise them to make me proud of these new creations!

Why not check out their talented work below?

Henny Sep 

Peter Barnett 

DJay 

John Paul Bichard

Terry McNamara (in collaboration with Manchester’s vintage hair & make-up guru known as “The Vintage Beauty Parlour“)

Simon Photography (in collaboration with London’s independent designer, “Maitresse Clothing“, whose designs embodies all things chic and romantic)

 

9. Co-producing an immersive Burlesque experience in Valletta, Malta at this year’s Notte Bianca with 99 Strait Street and Undine LaVerve

Notte Bianca is a spectacular night, an annual all-night or night-time arts festival in Malta. This was particularly special because in 2018, Valletta was named European Capital of Culture! It was indeed a vibrant and immersive festival. For this year, we recreated the debauchery and naughtiness of Strait Street back in the 1930s where sailors used to hang out. As a part of the festivities, I was able to entertain the guests of a new private members’ establishment, 99 Strait Street, which opens out to the entire city on their balconies! I was lucky to share the performance experience with Maltese burlesque performer Undine LaVerve and my team of UK beauties, Tabitha Taboo and Natalya Umanska.

 

10. Becoming one of the top 100 Founding Members of Fiena

To top this year off, I became one of the top 100 Founding Members of Fiena – a private members club for female entrepreneurs and women in business. This enables me to become a part of a great network of diverse and talented women – leaders in their own right in many different fields. I am SO PROUD to represent a part of this organisation and to help build this female-first foundation moving forward. It’s all about Magic, Adventure and Soul!

Next up – Bringing the Art of Tease to Warsaw!

I love being able to take my burlesque experiences around the world! The next stop for my new dessert burlesque experience, after the wonderful Chocolate Festival in Brighton, will be at a burlesque & cabaret club called Madame Q in Warsaw, Poland!

About Madame Q

Madame Q is a performance venue, vegan cocktail bar and burlesque academy headed by Warsaw’s top burlesque extraordinaire, Betty Q. Warsaw’s burlesque scene started to bloom in 2010 thanks to Betty Q and her crew who are known for organising the best events, shows, classes and workshops in the city. After generating so much interest and following, they opened their own venue dedicated to fine vintage entertainment where they can showcase the best local and international talent in burlesque and cabaret. They turned their dream into a reality on the 24th November 2017, and since opening this unique venue, their calendar has been bursting with a lot of ‘something for everyone.’

First Impressions of Warsaw

I was lucky enough to travel to Warsaw for the first time in 2013, where I met up with Betty Q. This beautiful local icon shared with me her passion for art, culture and history – and I could tell immediately that she had so many stories which she shared so wonderfully in her performances. I was instantly in love! Both with her great burlesque performances and the flavour of the city. Burlesque had already been established in the city for a few years, and I could see that the thriving local scene was in full effect!

My Shows

Fresh from the showcase at the Chocolate Festival in Brighton, I will be performing my new dessert acts: Chocolate Raspberry and Berrylicious.

In addition to the performance, if you would like to immerse yourself further into the delicious new world of Marianne Cheesecake, I’ll be selling merchandise including signed photographs and bringing over my pop-up pasties stand! If we manage to meet, perhaps you will find a delicious treat to satisfy your burlesque appetite? I hope to meet you in person during the weekend!

I’m happy to be invited as a guest performer to help celebrate their first year anniversary which I’ll be performing in 2 shows (Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November) and also a workshop (Sunday 25th November).
The workshop is intended for budding burlesque performers and established performers, and will be ‘all about the character’. Check out: “Perfecting Your Burlesque Persona” (2 hour intermediate masterclass)

Further Information

Friday 23rd November
https://www.facebook.com/events/319042448869246/
TICKETS: https://madameq.pl/product/marianne/?fbclid=IwAR0T5sXax_lfGGGUfpqwy3sCKW2dSAYCNEZLR5lYSJqGhQ5yOsj22eXr_eY

Saturday 24th November
https://www.facebook.com/events/232656604272760/
TICKETS: https://madameq.pl/product/marianne-cheesecake/?fbclid=IwAR39WrfEyrDk5WBweTqOw-qOevmLTdWPL4mvXWA8iJXjGEuAFx995ASoDEY

Sunday 25th November
https://www.facebook.com/events/311051989488573/
TICKETS: Please contact for tickets:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/MadameQWarsaw

More from Betty Q: https://www.instagram.com/betty_q_burlesque/

Main Image: Photography by John Paul Bichard
http://johnpaulbichard.com

Taking the Stage at the Brighton Chocolate Festival

I am excited to announce my next performance will be at the upcoming Brighton Chocolate Festival!

This is the perfect opportunity to showcase my new act, and hopefully begin a bold new direction in the world of burlesque.

 

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

The main idea for this upcoming show has sprung forth from an exciting artistic collaboration with Nina Marie Shoes, a bespoke shoe artist. I first fell in love with her work at the Chocolate Show in London, in 2017. It was love at first sight, seeing her hyper-realistic scrumptious chocolate shoes, which were shown alongside the fashion designs from Salon du Chocolat.

The idea of a conceptual collaboration between chefs and designers really sparked my creative appetite, and the idea was born to turn these beautiful pieces into performance art! The most sensual blend of dessert and burlesque, mixed together in a fantastic creation.

In a flash, we were communicating and working on a great collaboration.

The first idea came from her famous Death By Chocolate Shoes. I was fortunate to take these shoes on a journey to Eindhoven, NL where I got to shoot with the wonderful and talented, Henny Sep. Our collaboration has evolved and Nina designed a new pair of shoes to go with my new act, “Chocolate Raspberry” – blending hyper-realism with surrealism!

 

THE ACT – “CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY”

I am performing with Nina’s fabulous new shoe creation (to be revealed at the festival). My costume is equally delicious and designed by Fetish Noir Couture, who specialises in vintage skinwear and burlesque costumes.

It is with this powerful creative team that we will bring to you the perfect vision of “Chocolate Raspberry”; blending haute couture with haute dessert – bringing to life how this tasty treat should make you feel!

Come see my fantastic artistic creation at the upcoming Brighton Chocolate Festival!

 

PERFORMING AT THE BRIGHTON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

This year, the Chocolate Festival is being held in Brighton by Discover Cacao as there is no Chocolate Show in London, so it’s off to the seaside to debut my new act. Brighton is showcasing eye-popping displays, shows, and performances as a part of their festival, and I am honoured to be a part of it, taking my performance from a delicious dream to reality during the festival! This will be a multi-sensory experience you won’t forget!

I’ll be performing “Chocolate Raspberry” on Saturday 13th October 2018 shortly after 3.30pm.

 

Find out all about the weekend and ticket details HERE:

https://www.facebook.com/events/415527545527212/

https://brightonchocolatefestival.com

 

Hope to see you there!

Marianne Cheesecake has always been known for her old Hollywood style, cheeky humour and entertaining story lines. Inspired by the glamour gods and goddesses from the silver screen, Marianne evokes cinematic memories of a bygone age. Marianne’s love for classical, traditional burlesque will never die, however, something has been calling her to take a brave leap into a new direction.

Stepping into a new era of burlesque entertainment, Marianne Cheesecake is developing a unique brand of acts inspired by desserts.

Yes, DESSERTS!

With a name like ‘Cheesecake’, isn’t it time to experience burlesque entertainment on an immersive and multi-sensory level?

Interested to learn more? Watch this space.

Marianne Cheesecake is modelling for Nina Marie Shoes. Photo by Henny Sep.