The Art of Burlesque
Once upon a time the founders of Bend Burlesque set out on a grand adventure to find a place in life that was strange and extraordinary. A place we could be unafraid of being glamorous in a banal American landscape. A place where we, as women and humans, could express ourselves authentically free from the confines of safety and expectation.
We sought to let our birds out of their cages.
Burlesque has a long and varied history. Our brand of it seeks to operate within traditional definitions of the art form while leaving the door open. Burlesque simultaneously contains the spirit of sensuality and comedy in pursuit to explore our own sexual appetites and critique social norms and mores. To free the stigma of sensuality is to empower all people to better understand ourselves and each other, while having a platform to parody our existence as we know it publicly, is to encourage our community to think critically about the things we hold true.
Simply put, in its essence, burlesque is a study of human nature and we hold it in high regard..no matter how low brow we go.
We believe that Burlesque is a practice, first for ourselves and then for our audience. It is a practice in self awareness, exploration and courage. It fosters open mindedness and a kind of jolly we cannot even explain. We highly recommend it.
Bend Burlesque strongly advocates for community art and homegrown entertainment. We do not believe in letting Hollywood…or Las Vegas have all the fun.
We have had invaluable support from our family, friends and community, many of whom have watched us grow since the beginning. We have had many performers join us, come and go and reappear. We are beyond grateful for all we have had the pleasure of working with thus far and look forward to meeting many more.
Making art together is both a privilege and a discipline. We are nothing but grateful for the opportunity in this life.
Meet the Troupe
Montana St. Claire
One of Bend Burlesque’s founders and a chief in directing the artistic direction of this troupe’s performances. Montana’s passion for expanding BBC’s professional offerings as well as it’s magic is equally matched with her astounding stage presence and renowned beauty. Her heart and soul are wrapped and sweated into every moment of each show with a grace, care and vision towards expanding the public’s understanding of how potent, healing, and delightful Burlesque can be.
With the troupe from it’s initiation, Ego has the most astounding ability to blend the sacred and profane for a truly edgy experience that doesn’t shy from explicit humor or the deep heart messages. Specializing in getting the audience to feel intrinsically involved with the event ,his art is co-creatively woven with everyone in the room for a collaborative experience like no other, be prepared to be part of the Show!
Born and raised North of Detroit. Cupcake found his way onto the burlesque stage by pure happenstance and thanks to this amazing family he instantly fell in love. Your resident kitten ( Meow!) & between acts eye candy. He will forever be the sweetest treat you never get the opportunity to eat.
Bunny Dreadful was born in a yurt on the west coast of America under mysterious circumstances. As a child she was kicked out of dance school because her pas de trois was deemed obscene. Her family of witches subsequently urged her to embark on a vision quest. From there she took up a strange and fabled career dancing in louche cabarets. After a revelation on the road to 7-11 she moved to the high desert and now peels with Bend Burlesque whenever the chance arises.
Jackie Lee Vaudeville
Jackie Lee is a free spirited dancer with an array of style. Before she gets on the stage she is calm, quiet, and serene in preparation. Once she is under the spot lights an audacious and fierce being is illuminated. With a small stature and a big stage presence, Jackie takes to the stage to inspire self-love. “Believe in two things: Love and Champagne”.
Bio coming soon
Moxxie Dagger is a dark and sultry creature of the night. Naughty, nerdy, and more than a little spooky, this mistress of darkness has looks that kill; and you can bet she’ll eat your heart out and swallow your soul. Moxxie is a witchy woman with a devilish grin and wigs full of blood, sweat, and secrets. When she’s not practicing sacrificial rites or dancing naked under the full moon, you can find her playing video games or watching horror movie marathons.
Ms. Jane is a staple of Bend Burlesque and she is the front woman for Company Grand, Bend Burlesque’s house band and local Bend favorite! Ms. Jane has limitless talents and will seduce you with her sultry voice and enticing body! This woman embodies elegance and fun!
DJ Buddy Cooper
DJ Buddy Cooper got his start in the hip-hop world as IBI. After several mix tapes and many local shows in Madtown with Wisconsin Connection he set his sights on the Southwest and DJd for hip hop groups Manchromatic and Chemtrail Pilot in ABQ. He has worked all over the country and has roots and reps Wisco and ABQ. DJ Buddy Cooper is hyped to be working with Bend Burlesque and dropping sensual sounds on Central Oregon for your listening pleasure.
Miska Mar Mar
Bio coming soon
Theodora is a high-class, Sicilian Broad with an affinity for the limelight, tequila, and a bearded man. Theodora is native to Bend, Oregon, and has been performing most of her life. Her background consists of the art of hip-hop dancing, jazz, belly dancing, bartending, and being fabulous. With her dark, seductive eyes, and cat-like demeanor, she may seem intimidating and unapproachable, but don’t worry! She totally is. All jokes aside, Theodora lives to entertain and shake what her mama gave her, and Bend Burlesque is the perfect group of degenerates to do that with.
Harper La Rouge
This shy, yet confident, redheaded temptress, has spent her life living in male dominated world. One day she decided to prevail over that confining world and break loose from the good girl bullshit and embrace her sensual side. Harper believes that you should be able to express yourself however you damn well please and that sexuality should be explored and celebrated. She is here to enthrall you with vivacious acts, and amuse you with an acrobatic trick or two.
Serena Siren has been serenading sailors & civilians alike since her theatrical debut at age 10. With a background in musical theater, improv comedy & competitive speech, you never know what’s gonna come out of this sultry songbirds mouth. She joined Bend Burlesque Company a year ago & has been charming us with her vocals, sass & real life therapist skills to help audience members analyze their naughtiest dreams. Her favorite part of the gig is the family she has found in the Bend Burlesque Company Troupe, which she fondly refers to as(paying homage to her favorite Cher song), her “gypsies, tramps & thieves”.
Cat Clementine much like her name suggests is sweet as can be, but dont let her bubbly personality fool you, this girl has got some claws too. New to burlesque Cat is finding her footing as a high spirited performer who loves coupling the lyrics of songs to her dance moves. Inspired by Coyote Ugly, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and her old cheerleading days Cat is sure to get you on the edge of your seat and feeling yourself. Don’t let the heavy influence of pop culture or the on point outfits fool you though, this is one quirky cat who’s always willing to make a fool of herself to get a chuckle. Get ready to be gasping and giggling from her first hair flip to her last slutdrop.
Josslyn Jade began her burlesque journey shortly after kissing purity culture goodbye. Her background in dance and theater coupled with the ability to see humor in all things contribute to the multi-faceted performances she offers the stage. Channeling her once oppressed mindset only to completely rebel against it, Josslyn brings irreverence, sass, and sexual empowerment to the audience, hoping anyone who has ever felt shame or embarrassment simply for having a human body is able to shake those chains loose and finally feel free, sexy, and powerful.
Bio Coming soon
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Lady Luna’s latest chapter of reclaiming her power has brought her to the burlesque stage. A sexy and sultry lady with class & sass, who loves to shake and shimmy her ass. Her dazzling smile is sure to captivate the crowd and light up the room. A playfully seductive world awaits when Lady Luna takes the stage.”