In its return to the Gualala Arts Center Coleman Hall stage, Polaris Dance Troupe presents an evening of burlesque with Les Filles Rouges in Faerietale Land, a unique blend of dance, comedy, and empowerment — much more than a series of strip teases.
This new show is a send-up of the fairytale genre and the Disneyfication of classic stories. The cast is full of well-known characters such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, but without the theme of “damsels in distress.”
Polaris Dance Troupe’s founder, Melinda Miller-Klopfer, gained inspiration for Les Filles Rouges from her time spent living in Berlin and her frequent travels to Paris, both cities where the burlesque tradition has a long and politically charged history. Miller-Klopfer coined the term “Progressive Burlesque” to describe her Mendocino troupe’s style, having experienced the profound effect of burlesque on her own life and the lives of many of the troupe’s dancers.
Using sensuality and comedy as tools of empowerment – for both the performers and the audience – progressive burlesque aims to enrich as well as titillate.
As ever, Les Filles Rouges believes in supporting women on and off stage, and in that spirit, a portion of the Polaris Dance Troupe proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood. Miller-Klopfler’s burlesque philosophy was most recently featured on Yahoo! news: http://bit.do/burlesque.
VIP Seating is an additional $150 and includes a bottle of champagne and reserved front-row cabaret table seating for four persons.
Tickets are $25 Advance, $5 more day of performance;
must be 21 to attend.
Special VIP seating for additional $150 includes a bottle of champagne and front-row cabaret seating.
For advance purchase, visit Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.