Eyes Wide Shut Burlesque: An Eye-Opening Experience

DopeLoco Eyes Wide Shut Burlesque poster

Burlesque and masquerades have always fascinated me, so you can just imagine how excited I was when they were combined in DopeLoco’s masquerade-themed Eyes Wide Shut Burlesque show last weekend.

Eyes Wide Shut Burlesque is the first real burlesque show in the Philippines. One might expect that a performance art like burlesque would be poorly received in a country as religious and conservative as the Philippines, but the fact that both the February and March shows were completely sold out is a statement to the contrary.

I won’t spoil the entire show for you, but here’s an overview.

It starts off with a demonstration of rope artistry, followed by a brief intro to the show proper and house rules.

Going for a spin #eyeswideshutburlesque #ManilaBurlesque

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Everyone was required to wear masquerade masks throughout the entire performance, and no one was allowed to enter or exit the room once the show started. We were introduced to the lady of the house, and she welcomed us to her secret society.

& so it begins. #EyesWideShut #ManilaBurlesque #Performer #PerformanceArt #showgirl #Burlesque #Filipina

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Then the show began.

Power play set to a cover of NIN’s Closer. Perfection. #EyesWideShutBurlesque #ManilaBurlesque

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Six different acts were performed during the show, with each performer showing off their own unique styles and characters.

To top it all off, a very special guest performed for us at the end of the show: burlesque star Miss Di’Lovely.

In the presence of burlesque royalty. @missdilovely at #EyesWideShutBurlesque #ManilaBurlesque

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It was an interestingly immersive experience, but it might have been better if the venue had been an old, abandoned mansion, or some other opulent and isolated location suitable for a secret society of high-class voyeurs.

His and hers (pretty masks by @sefra_babewear )

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Since the show was well-received, Manila Burlesque will be hosting another show in April, and they’re holding a 6-week burlesque workshop from April 3 to May 15.

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