Babes, bands and burlesque.
Such is the mantra of “Vancouver’s coolest little talent agency,” BoneRattle Talent, the brainchild of alternative model and performer Teresa Marie, who will be bringing two of her roster’s finest dancers to Dusty’s on Monday (Feb. 24) for a rare Whistler burlesque show.
The latest Creative 5 Eclectic showcase features two of Vancouver’s most talented burlesque acts, Argentinean pin-up girl Georsha CutiePie and the curvaceous Broadway-style performer Lottie Libido, for a night unlike any other you’re likely to find in the resort. Both dancers will perform three numbers each, interspersed with blues, ska and reggae by Creative 5 house band Some Assembly Required, all hosted by Marie herself.
“Although BoneRattle Talent has a wide variety of burlesque dancers on our roster, and we do all kinds of different events and performances, we are really going to stick to the more traditional burlesque (in Whistler); so think sequins, feathers and gorgeous costumes,” said Marie. “It will be the ultimate in taste and it should be fun. After all, burlesque is supposed to be funny and sexy and interactive.”
The concept for BoneRattle Talent grew out of what Marie saw as a lack of representation in Vancouver for professional alternative models and performers. Today Marie counts 10 burlesque performers, 14 models and seven bands under the BoneRattle umbrella — not to mention the countless photographers, designers, makeup artists and others who’ve aligned with the agency since it was founded just over a year ago. BoneRattle even organizes mentorship programs in modeling, burlesque, hair and makeup, costuming, event planning and more as a way to build community in Vancouver’s alternative scene.
“There are so many amazing people in the city, many of them being friends and colleagues of mine, that I figured the time was right to really embrace all these talented individuals and get them better gigs, and get them better exposure,” Marie said. “Because we have quite a variety of talent on the roster, something that’s been really great over the last year is we’re really able to put on a lot of our own events or people will hire us to be their one-stop shop for an event … We’ve got this wonderful family of people who can show up to a party and really turn it into an event.”
With burlesque exploding in popularity in recent years, it’s finally starting to grow out of the stigma that was often attached to the art form in the past, Marie said. And even though Vancouver’s scene is thriving, with a burlesque show on the calendar seemingly every night of the week, there are still plenty of newcomers to burlesque that Marie loves to enlighten.
“The best thing is no matter how many shows we do there are always new people that have never seen burlesque before. It’s so great to expose people to new styles of art and culture and have people take to it so amazingly well,” she said. “A lot of people don’t realize how much work goes into putting on a burlesque show. Most of the girls make their own costumes and so often there’s an element of theatricality or comedy. It’s more than just girls getting up and doing a bump and grind and taking it all off.”
The latest Creative 5 Eclectic kicks off at 8 p.m. at Dusty’s, followed by an open mic. The suggested donation is $10 at the door.
For more information about BoneRattle Talent and their roster of performers, visit www.bonerattletalent.com.