Burlesque Party in Lausanne

The Lido, to close its rich and varied show season has decided to return to its first love, burlesque, unknown style in this part of the country. Accompanied with Aline, a 25 years-old trend forecasting student and a deep passionate of the genre, we have passed a unique evening. What a thrilled program: dark humour, pin-up singers and gorgeous strippers.


From 9 pm to 1 am, burlesque artists have come and go under Aline’s attentive and curious eyes: “I have discovered this particular trend through my passion for fashion. Indeed, I have seen Dita Von Teese’s pictures in a magazine. The well-known dancer was wearing memorable red crystals ballerinas and was striping. This burlesque reinterpretation of the 30s has directly pleased me”. So, she was really excited on this 29th June to enter the Lido’s world, travelling in the past in the city centre of Lausanne.

At start, we have got quickly in the heart of the matter with Lauren Spielvogel, a dark-humoured burlesque comedian. Alone on his orange and gold couch, this chic and bald man has enchained sketches on numerous atypical characters, from a sissy to a macho lesbian, then a depressive Jewish grandmother to end up with a racist taxi driver. Aline has smiled, laughed, reacted, she was clearly loving his cynical sense of humour. She was applauding and told me:” I have liked, his style is perfect for a Burlesque party because everything is allowed and nothing is taboo.” Politically correct does not match with burlesque genre which is more provocative and trenchant.

When three beautiful creatures wearing flamboyant red lipstick and perfect wavy chignons had appeared on stage, they looked like real pin-ups. Pretty, funny and playful, El Trio Chickiboom have sang 30s and 40s classics a capela. Aline explained to me that they have been inspired by the famous swing and boogie-woogie group called Andrews sisters. Interacting lightly with the audience, their performance was intoxicating! “I have never seen a live concert like this one, it is unbelievably alive.” Cherry on the cake was Miss Anne Thropy and Lada Redstar’s entrance. The two luscious strippers shared their show with Charly Voodoo the crazy comic: “I profoundly admire these ladies and their boldness. I have also adored interludes made by this foolish misanthropic and hilarious man.” Suggestive music, professional stripe-tease, burlesque is an art: “Costumes are tailor-made with a focus on details. More than that, the dancers are original but they have kept some burlesque traditions such as sexy patches for the final.” Good news, the Lido Comedy Club plans to organize more burlesque parties in 2012-2013! Look at the dates

  1. #1 by lethynguyen on November 12, 2012 - 20:03

    Why don’t they have shows with men taking off their clothes while singing? 😛

  2. #2 by santosbarbara on November 14, 2012 - 10:20

    Your article is very interesting! I was supposed to attend this party but finally I couldn’t go. Thanks for this description: at least thanks to you now I can have an overview of the atmosphere during this special evening.

  3. #3 by Dianea on November 14, 2012 - 11:45

    I was part of the audience that night, and I particularly liked the show. I was not bored because of the different parts of it: humor, song, dance, theater …
    This is bold from the Lido to offer such shows, in a country like Switzerland, which is limited in its cultural openness. I live in Berlin for a few months and the difference is huge! It still lacks the Swiss(and I am one) to venture into a culture less conventional.
    Bravo to the Lido to offer this kind of events. It would be ideal if they are cheaper!

  4. #4 by baumgartnerk on November 14, 2012 - 13:32

    Lido rocks!

  5. #5 by fabienfeissli on November 15, 2012 - 10:52

    En voyant les commentaires et les personnes qui commentent, je me pose une question: n’y avait-il que des femmes dans la salle (ou une majorité)? Et donc je rejoins Thy Nguyen pourquoi n’y a-t-il pas des shows avec des hommes (même si personnellement ça me convient très bien comme ça)?

  6. #6 by Jade on November 15, 2012 - 14:48

    Fabien, to answer to your question: there were men and woman in the audience. What I think, it is that Burlesque shows are traditionnally feminine, specially the strip-tease part, but habits are evolving. This genre proposes zero taboo. I am sure that in few times, men strippers as well as others crazy demonstrations will arrive on Swiss stage. Just have to be patient… 🙂

  7. #7 by violetaferrermarin on November 22, 2012 - 11:21

    Surtout ce qui est bien chez Lido, c’est qu’on ne rencontre pas des petit jeunes, mais plutôt des adultes qu’arrivent à plus ou moins gérer leurs

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