If a break in the monotony of summer is what you need, head over to Spazju Kreattiv Theatre St James Cavalier in Valletta for a weekend of titillating entertainment at a cabaret show with burlesque performers, singers, magicians, and a male aerial act, entitled MalTEASE.
Tickets are restricted but there are two shows on both Saturday and Sunday, couples, and performance art lovers are snapping up tickets fast, but there’s still a few left for the earlier shows.
Burlesque is more about costume, glitter and talent than it is striptease. It’s not sleazy and indeed groups of women are usually one of the main parts of the audience at burlesque shows.
Undine La Verve is Malta’s own performer and has entertained those in the know since 2015 with monthly shows starting again soon at the Silverhorse in Strait Street, and appearances ae various events. She also started BAM – the Burlesque Academy – Malta and one of the students, Bella Stardust, will be debuting her solo act at the MalTEASE show. Other students will be taking part as a troupe.
“The school reopens with beginners classes in September and holds workshops too, hen parties and birthdays are popular and we also run a series of talks on the history of the art,” said Undine. “what the art gives you is body confidence, and its so wonderful to see peoples confidence grow as the attend classes.
The MalTEASE show may not be what you are conditioned to expect, but come along and be entertained.”
Performers in MalTEASE include
Undine Laverve, “the Sin-Sational Siren of the Mediterranean” is Malta’s very own Burlesque performer. With 11 years of performance experience, 9 of which International, she has traveled far and wide with her acts representing Malta. Undine is Malta’s Burlesque pioneer– starting the Burlesque movement in Malta, where there was none before, back in 2011.
Though dabbling in theatre and music, Undine is first and foremost a Burlesque performer – her style is classical Burlesque with a sensual and often alternative twist, known for her iconic facial expressions and ability to connect with the audience, she brings originality, artistic stage preference, fierce dance moves and a spark to stages across the world.
Out of the cold, black void of space Bella Stardust came sliding down to earth on a rainbow in a blaze of glitter! Dancing through the stratosphere and into your hearts, the intergalactic glamour freak is here to break the mold- in a classy kinda way. Mentored by Undine LaVerve at the Burlesque Academy of Malta.
Elsie Marley (Germany)
The singing Chamaeleon’ dazzles the crowd with her wide range of quirky characters, all the while singing and dancing herself into the hearts of her audience.
Lotta Love (Slovakia)
Blending visual delicacies of vamp, sass and dance Ms. Lotta Love is the intoxicatingly sultry showgirl that will send blood pulsating through your veins. As a founder and a headmistress of Bratislava Burlesque is ruling everything glitter in Slovakia.
Kain Soma (UK)
Inspired by the physicality and surrealism of the circus world and the endless ways of exploring movement. Kain Soma will be delving into our world of burlesque with aerial straps act that is suggestive and sensual with a hint of darkness. Kain is the current UK aerial performance champion.
BAM – Burlesque Academy of Malta – Undine’s students and mentees
Bella Stardust, Lilithia Rose, Mabel Moonshine, Phage Nefarious, Scarlett Xeta and Senorita Italiana.
Host – Colin Fitz
Singers – Larissa and Henk Wolswijk
Magic – Gwilym Bugeja
Special appearance – Alice Wolswijk