As Yellowknife’s established Brrrlesque takes time off, tickets for an entirely new burlesque show go on sale on Monday.

The Soulful Bodies show, created by newly formed Yellowknife burlesque company Parkas & Pasties, will be held at Top Knight from February 15-17 this year.

Soulful Bodies’ debut season will star local artists alongside experienced Vancouver performer Ruthe Ordare, backed by soul and funk group Midnight Soul, musician Casey Koyczan, and Aurora Chorealis director Margo Nightingale.

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“I’m thrilled that we’re bringing a new flavour of burlesque to Yellowknife,” show artistic director Ruby Slickeur said in a news release.

“In my short time in the North, I’ve been blown away by the sheer talent local performers bring to the stage. I’m hoping Parkas & Pasties can create a number of annual opportunities for these artists to share their work.”

‘Breather’

Brrrlesque, which launched in 2011, has rapidly developed into one of the hottest tickets in Yellowknife’s annual show calendar, selling out in moments. Each year, it promised a show about sexual expression that remained “PG-13 with a twist,” focusing on a fun, creative and collaborative celebration of women.

However, Brrrlesque’s organizers announced they would be “taking a bit of a breather” following their 2017 show and no future performance dates have been set. The Brrrlesque Society’s first formal annual meeting takes place on January 31 this year.

Slickeur hopes Yellowknife will find room in its heart for two burlesque companies in future years. “In collaborating with each other and with other artistic mediums, I see endless creative possibility for Yellowknife’s burlesque community,” she said.

Tickets for Soulful Bodies are $30, available from Birchwood Coffee Ko. VIP tables are available online, with more information on the Parkas & Pasties Facebook page.

Ordare will also run a striptease workshop for any interested members of the public, entitled KISS (Keep It Simple Showgirl), on the afternoon of Saturday, February 17.