SuicideGirls Bring Burlesque Show Back to Sacramento

By Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan
Meghan Sullivan

The SuicideGirls return to Sacramento performing at the Crest Theater on Wednesday with their Blackheart Burlesque show. The SuicideGirls is an online community, founded in 2001, that celebrates “alternative beauty” and indie culture from around the world.

Since its inception, the SuicideGirls have amassed an impressive following across just about every social media platform you can think of and surprisingly 51% of their demographic is female.  I had a chance to chat with Missy Suicide, the founder of the SuicideGirls, about the community, the girls, and the burlesque show.

Back in 2001, when tattoos and piercings and wildly colored hair were outside the norm, Missy wanted a way to celebrate her gorgeous friends. The idea grew into an online community of women sharing not only their bodies but also their lives with the world.

I asked Missy about the debate of objectification versus empowerment when it comes to women and their bodies.  She told me that from the very beginning, the photos of the girls were always based on their own visions. It was always about how the girls felt sexiest and beautiful and never about the photographer’s vision.  The girls always have the power in what they share and how.

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Ultimately, the question of objectification versus empowerment is about who holds the power (Ronnie Ritchie perhaps illustrates this best in a thoughtful cartoon).

The SuicideGirls are definitely empowered women. And while the tattooed and pierced look may not be quite so alternative anymore, the fierce independence of these woman is still relevant.  Missy described the SuicideGirls as “girls who to choose to defy categories and live life the way they see fit with no hard and fast rules.”

Lucky for us, some of those girls want to share their geeky interests with us via a burlesque show.  Burlesque is more than just a strip tease, it’s a variety show that includes a strip tease. And the SuicideGirls have taken that concept and created a modern show gravitating towards geeky themes.

Many of the SuicideGirls are big geeks and wanted a way to share some of that with the world in a method different from the usual geeky social media platforms.
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The Blackheart Burlesque show features choreography from Manwe Sauls-Addison (who has worked who has worked with performers like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga) and set it to skits featuring pop culture tributes to Star Wars, Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange, Zelda, Fifty Shades of Grey and more. And all this is set to some really fantastic indie music. I’ve been told you can expect to hear music from The Black Keys, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Grimes and more.

The tour kicked off in Los Angeles on April 16th and lands in Sacramento this Wednesday the 20th. I asked Missy about the Sacramento stop and she said they brought the show to Sacramento last year on a whim and had so much fun they knew they had to come back this year with the revamped tour.

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Missy says the new show is “tongue-in-cheek, it’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s silly and highly choreographed. It’s impossible to leave without a smile!” After the five west coast cities, the tour will head over to Europe before returning to the all-important nerd Mecca of San Diego International Comic Con for two performances.

As the reach and brand recognition of the SuicideGirls continues to grow, there are talks of taking the tour to Asia and finding a permanent residence for burlesque performances.

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly looking forward to the show.  If you want to check it out, tickets and more information are available at blackheartburlesque.com.

ALL IMAGES COURTESY: SuicideGirls and BlackHeartBurlesque.com.

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