Our burlesque royalty headliner is none other then legendary, one and only Dirty Martini from New York.
The Definition of Burlesque, Miss Dirty Martini, spearheaded the New Burlesque revival in New York City which has taken the world by storm. She has received rave reviews for ground breaking, stereotype busting performances, her over the top physique and classical dance training. "The decadent expression of female sensuality in action" -Daily News, she has been voted the number one burlesque performer on the top 100 list for four consecutive years by burlesque fans worldwide. Miss Martini was featured in a five page editorial in V Magazine shot by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld. She has also been in front of many prestigious cameras including those of Steven Klein, Roxanne Lowitt, Andreas Serrano and Mario Sorrenti. Miss Martini has headlined burlesque shows all over the world and has been featured in nearly every book written on the subject. With the Cabaret New Burlesque, she has performed to sold out theaters in France, Italy, Belgium, Hungary and Holland. Featured with the Cabaret in the film "On Tour" (best director 2010, International Critics Award) the Cabaret jolted the Cannes film festival and the 2011 Cesar Awards with their refreshing positivity and joie de vivre. She has performed alongside critically acclaimed comedienne Margaret Cho and has toured all over the USA with burlesque superstar Dita VonTeese's show “Strip Strip Hooray”. She is constantly writing, speaking and teaching about body positivity, burlesque and dance. Dirty will teach workshops, one on one classes, she will attend a panel on the market day and also be the head judge for the Bohemian Queen Competition.
Our special guest originally from Sarajevo, who after many years in France now lives in Berlin.
With elegant aesthetic performances inspired by the heyday of American Burlesque of the 1940s, Lada Redstar offers her very personal vision of seduction and charm. She is a true artist and the personification of sensual glamour and elegance, who recently became first runner up at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Miss Exotic World competition 2016 in Las Vegas, where she won the Best Debut category in 2013. She also won the international crown at the London World Burlesque Games in 2012.
Lada Redstar, International Showgirl Extraordinaire, has been a firm favourite of the international Burlesque scene for the past 5 years. She regularly performs at the top burlesque and retro events around Europe and has toured Australia, United States, China and Japan. As a pin-up model, she has worked for Dior, Joillarerie, Miele, What Katie Did and Secrets in Lace, and has appeared in several music videos and adverts, recorded four songs herself for the French record company Wagram with the renown Parisian DJs Bart & Baker. Pictures of Lada have been exhibited all around the world, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and even a book was entirely dedicated to her and her art (LADA REDSTAR, Dans la peau d’une Pin Up, Christophe Crénel, Rusking Editions, Fr).
She is also the mastermind of a brand new venture in vintage and retro lifestyle and burlesque, a television show and Youtube channel That's Vintage! and she works with Burlesque on interviewing legends of burlesque to share their knowledge and stories.
In Prague at Bohemian Burlesque Festival, Lada will present her legendary Insectavora and her new show They Will Never Defeat Me, inspired by her story during the Balkan war.
You will also have a chance to attend her workshop in Prague and book private lessons to develop your acts.
(New York, USA)
Jacques Patriaque was discovered by Viennese Burlesque icon Kitty Willenbruch in 2010. She immediately hired him for her Burlesque Show “Salon Kitty Revue" to perform the newly discovered art of Boylesque on stage at the small theater “Varieté Café Arena Bar”. He was the first male performer to be invited to Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School in Salzburg, co-hosted Kitty Willenbruch's late-night talk show "Salon Kitty TV" in 2012, appeared with Conchita Wurst in several episodes of the Sat1 TV show "Das süße Leben der Stars" ("The Sweet Life of the Stars ") and was a contestant on the Austrian talent casting show "Die Große Chance" ("The Big Chance").
In 2014 he launched the annual "Vienna Boylesque Festival" – the first of its kind in Europe, which has since gained great popularity and international acclaim. That year he also began producing his series of club events "Imperial Madness" that are each hosted by a Drag Queen from the U.S. hit series "RuPaul's Drag Race".
Jacques has been booked for countless shows in New York and in 2015, he was Ambassador of Austrian Culture and Diversity at the "Austrian Cultural Forum New York" and organized and produced the first-ever Burlesque Show at that venue. He was also voted to 9th place in the Burlesque TOP 10 Europe burlesque poll.
In 2016 he was crowned "Queen of Geneva" for his original act "Mars Attacks" and did his 2nd international Tour, in cities such as Paris, Stockholm, Seattle, New York and Zurich. In February he headlined the “Queerlesque Festival“ in Florence and will also be headlining the 1st ever “Stuttgart Burlesque Festival“.
Another of our special guests is international Italian burlesque and fire performer Scarlett Martini. She has been rated for 4 years in a row in the Burlesque TOP 50 by 21thCentury Burlesque as best performer in Italy, 2th best performer in Europe and number 23 in the entire world. She has performed in the most prestigious venues around the globe sharing the stage with the best artists of the show business industry and she did several tours in Japan, Canada and USA.
Scarlett was in the jury of the Paris and Como Lake burlesque festivals and headlined at many others around Europe including Helsinki, Geneva and Berlin and also in Montreal. She was selected to perform at New York, Toronto and New Orleans. Her style is very sensual, classic and ironic sometimes with a twist of dark atmosphere and she has recently added a few new acts of glamorous sideshow to her repertoire.
She is the founder of the Rome Burlesque School and teaches burlesque regularly since 2009. Don´t miss this classic Italian beauty at our festival stages.
Last but not least of our guest performers is no other than Raven, Dark Prince Of Burlesque all the way from Melbourne, Australia. A master of the neo style and fearless innovator, his routines are intense, provocative, and take audiences to the edge of understanding their desire. Crowned Mr Boylesque Australia 2012, he began dance classes at an early age. Growing up with an interest in all dance forms, his repertoire now covers classic and contemporary dance disciplines supported by training in the circus arts.
With a keen interest in the history of burlesque and how it informs new and established performers of the art of tease, he's also toured the USA, Europe and Australasia gaining exposure to international audiences and the diverse range of inspiring fellow performers to be found all over the world.
Friendly and approachable, he encourages audiences that are challenged by his performance, or any performance, to ask questions and get to know the artist telling the stories. He's not ashamed of his body or sexuality, and neither should you be