Fae and Viktor came from Rocky Horror as a discipline (or lack thereof), and a theatrical background each from pre-adolescence. Emboldened by the dark cabaret scene made (somewhat) mainsteam by the Dresden Dolls, and with a collection of Hot Topic and Leg Avenue sensibility, Fae and Viktor took their first shaky steps into the burlesque world -- without a production name, without a direction, and without much of a sound system -- and the world for them was changed.
Ok, so it wasn't a whole lot different from the kickline they were used in Rocky Horror, and the soundtrack ranged from the obvious (Christina Aguilera's pre-Burlesque Candyman) to the esoteric (an obscure Dick Tracy bit), and the setting was literally a hotel ballroom with the most beige walls possible. But it was magic, and it spiraled into more than ten years of promo posters, travel, confirmation emails, problematic internet shenanigans, and thousands of audience members.
While that show was never anticipated to go anywhere, the Libertine Ball contacted Fae and Viktor in early 2007 for a reprise performance. Certainly! But a name was needed, as was a formal plan of attack from there on out. A feverish afternoon of Googling, crossed out lines on college rule notebooks, and probably a few tangents into discussing literally anything else, a name was chosen.
White Elephant Burlesque at RockBar NYC, featuring Johnny Panic, Esmerelda May, Regina Stargazer, Petra Fried, Nyx Nocturne, Broody Valentino, Holly Ween, Viktor Devonne, Hazel Tart, DJ TatMatt, Carriage Return, Seedy Edie, Oliver Swisskey, and Lillian Bustle
photographed by Atticus Stevenson
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