The Blackheart Burlesque Tour, at House of Blues for one night only, seeks to bring burlesque into the 21st century. The wink-and-smile from the past has been replaced with rock-star-caliber choreography from Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with Beyoncé and JLo, and futuristic costumes inspired by the Steampunk aesthetic by designer Junker. The 45-date tour, sponsored by early-Internet alt-porn site SuicideGirls and Inked Magazine, marks a return to the stage for the group following a six-year hiatus.
“We did a tour from 2003 to 2006 that was much smaller in scale. We were kind of the only group doing modern burlesque at the time,” says Missy Suicide, founder of the site, which showcases heavily tattooed and pierced models. During that hiatus, suicidegirls.com, which turns 12 this year, branched out into everything from book publishing to gaming to model cameos on network TV shows.
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“Burlesque got a lot more mainstream,” says Suicide (whose real name is Selena Mooney). “We knew if we were going to go on tour again, we’d have to up our game. In traditional burlesque, the core of it is about the tease and the reveal, so we kept that,” she said. “But ours is set to modern music with very intense, exciting dancing. The costumes are postapocalyptic couture.” Notable routines, according to Suicide, include a Big Lebowski--inspired performance and a tribute to Planet of the Apes. 9 p.m. 1204 Caroline. For information, visit blackheartburlesque.com. $25 to $340.
Sat., Nov. 2, 9 p.m., 2013