69-73 Atlantic Rd
Brixton, London SW9 8PU
Burlesque at Courtesan ◊ USA SPECIAL ◊ GIN MINSKY & VARLA VELOUR
Live performances from 10:30pm by internationally renowned, USA performers!
For almost a decade, Gin Minsky has been known as NYC’s premiere tap and burlesque performer, event producer (Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, Champagne Riot, Webster Hall’s East Ville des Folies,) and go-to gal for all things Jazz Age. Classically trained in jazz, ballet, pointe, tap and modern, her performances include a varied spectrum of performative dance acts and are suitable for a wide range of venues from cabaret clubs to upscale concert halls.
Tapped into all things jazz, Gin has produced numerous Jazz Age inspired events. Gin is also the creator of the Champagne Riot – a vintage celebration that serves up an intoxicating cocktail of Hot Jazz, Scintillating Burlesque and Vaudvillian Frivolity – as well as talent producer for Webster Hall’s annual East Ville des Folies.
Inspired by the Queens of Burlesque, Varla springs forth from the celluloid of film noir – a femme fatale that will ensnare, enrapture and delight.
In 2016, Varla served as an Artist in Residence at Hotel Chantelle’s long-running Room 69 show where she appeared every Friday night. She continues to perform at Hotel Chantelle, and at other downtown haunts like Nurse Bettie, and Brooklyn hot spots like Bizarre. Her classic style and mysterious allure are elevated by obscure vintage rhythms, and the decadence of her costuming.
Her burlesque style is made up of equal parts thumping sex appeal, elegant classicism, and fiery Latin sensibilities. Inspired by her Latin heritage and a legacy of headstrong women, Varla toys with the audience and leaves them asking: does she want to bed me or kill me?
Courtesan is a secret gem located in the vibrant heart of Brixton. A late-night cocktail bar, serving innovative, modern dim sum, with decor inspired by 1920’s Shanghai and a distinctly Lynchian atmosphere. Expect the unexpected.
Open late weekends.