The Rouge Revue

The Rouge Revue brings you authentic, sensual burlesque at its best!

Under the direction of the sultry Lady Magnolia, The Rouge Revue can be seen at regular burlesque events in and around Cape Town, South Africa, and features an array of stunning performers, peelers and prima-donnas. At the heart of The Rouge Revue are the Rougettes, a professional troupe of curvaceous and irresistible burlesque artists. The Rougettes bring more than just a heart-racing show, they bring an experience, a salute to the by-gone days of glamour, ruby lips, rouged cheek-bones and sexy, hip-swaying struts.

Made up of eight gorgeous gals, each Rougette has something different, distinct and daring about her. On any given night you might see the luscious Lady Magnolia with her classic beauty and suggestive charm, Jezzy Belle’s saucy style and symphonic singing voice, Maiden D’Nude’s graceful gambs, Vita Nova’s bountiful bounce, Penny Pinup’s perfect pout, Cherry Lesque’s tempting tit bits, Baby Rays naughty numbers, Strawberry Sunday’s sinful strut  and maybe, just maybe, a special appearance by the Rougette’s honorary member, the swoon-inducing cad, Casual Harry.

Members of the Rougettes have appeared on television and in films and music videos, have taught and teased their way through their professional careers as writers, designers, estate agents, teachers, professors, musicians and editors.

What is Burlesque?

In the past, if it was explained that the heart of burlesque is the striptease, people would only hear the sound “strip” and revert to knowing glances. Trying to explain that a striptease is far more tease than sleaze was futile. Since then the scene has grown, and people are now au fait with the delights of nipple tassels, Dita Von Teese and striptease.

Burlesque doesn’t pay heed to flimsy modern concepts of beauty, as portrayed by women’s fashion and lads’ mags. It appeals to an audience who are more turned on by a wiggle in a walk than a ‘page three stunner’. It has become a cult among the type of women who can admire a beautiful female body without feeling that it threatens her own sexuality. This is where burlesque comes into its own.

We all know women who have great allure but who would never stand up to scrutiny on a traditional dance stage. But put her on a burlesque stage and she lights it up with that elusive quality, that ‘je ne sais quoi’. A good burlesque dancer projects her charisma into the audience, appealing to them on numerous levels – humour, sensuality, sex. The audience must feel she has just given them a nod and a wink, that they are in on her secret. Paradoxically, clothes are the most important element of a striptease. A burlesque dancer puts all her money into her next costume.” The most a burlesque dancer is likely to reveal is big pants and pasties. In fact in many burlesque acts there is no removal of clothes whatsoever.