Sat 5/25 @ 8:30PM
Anyone who has followed the local troupe Cleveland Burlesque (formerly Le Femme Mystique) over its 15 years knows that, in addition to bringing the most outstanding talent to local audiences, founder/proprietor Bella Sin has an unwavering commitment to diversity: in race, ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, size and body type.
The result is events that featuring a dizzying array of performers and performances with acts that might be humorous or glamorous or even make a distinctive statement about social justice or identity politics. Classic burlesque performers might be joined by torch singers, drag queens, acrobats, ballet dancers, magicians or comedians.
Cleveland Burlesque brings all of that to its annual Ohio Burlesque Fest at the Beachland Ballroom each summer (this year August 1-3), while one-night events there throughout the year have unique themes. Sin has showcased Hispanic performers (she herself is Mexican) and last year for the first time, its Caramel Revue featuring black performers.
The second annual Caramel Revue is subtitled Divinitease, which, we’re told, focuses on “Black Divinity, Obsidian Goddesses, Voodoo, Witchcraft and Black Mythology.” Drag and burlesque performers will address this theme, each in their own particular way. They include Mr. Tuesday, CeCe Noir, Kimmy Katarja, Dakota Cox, Deva Diamond, Cinnamon Coquette, Lisa Love, and others to be named. The evening will be hosted by Ryan Clopton-Zymler.
Tickets to the event, at the Beachland Ballroom as usual, are $15 in advance, $17 at the door for general admission, $20 for reserved seating and $30 for VIP.