Burlesque returns to Rossland!

Nicole Tigchelaar
By Nicole Tigchelaar
May 27th, 2013

Toronto burlesque star Sasha Van Bon Bon of The Scandelles brings her peerless form of cabaret to Rossland for one night only.

“I am thrilled to be performing in Rossland,” says Van Bon Bon. “With its rich history of mining and ensuing brothel culture, it is an honour for a burlesque artist to make a pilgrimage back to such deliciously disreputable roots!”

Van Bon Bon will also be teaching a burlesque workshop while she’s in Rossland.

“Burlesque has proven to be an empowering performance style for so many women,” says Van Bon Bon. With its focus on fun and its celebration of all shapes and sizes, it is a space for women to explore their sexuality safely and with joy. Additionally, many small cities have thriving burlesque companies that tour, establishing vibrant scenes between communities.” Van Bon Bon hopes that some of her students join her onstage for the cabaret at The Rouge on Friday night.


Sasha Van Bon Bon is one of the pioneers of the neo-burlesque movement in Toronto, beginning in 1998 with the influential duo The Dangerettes. Currently, she is the co-artistic director of The Scandelles (also known as Operation Snatch for their more theatre-based work) a multi-disciplinary performance group with roots in political cabaret. The company was launched in 2001 and is unique in creating theatre-produced runs of shows, beginning in 2006 with Under the Mink at Buddies in Bad Times. This was followed by Who’s Your Dada?, Neon Nightz, The Death Show and Les Demimondes. As an independent performer, she created and acted in several original pieces in the Dora award winning show Arthouse Cabaret in 2007.

Workshop dates: Monday June 10th and Wednesday June 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 at The Rouge

Performance at The Rouge-Friday June 14th with The Swing Bastards, burlesque inspired art show work by local artists and performances by Sasha’s workshop students

CONTACT: Sasha Van Bon Bon at pouledeluxe@yahoo.com

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