Voted Edmonton's 2016 Best Burlesque Artist and 1st Runner-Up for 2017, she is the "Sexy Threat", Violette Coquette! This Feminist Provocateur has performed across the world, from New Orleans to London to Stockholm.
Canadian burlesque artist Violette Coquette has performed across the world, from the New Orleans and London Burlesque Festivals to cabaret club MELT in Stockholm, Sweden. Violette began her burlesque pursuits with Edmonton’s Rockette-style Capital City Burlesque troupe (including performing in their 4-star reviewed "Elvisland" show at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival and at the 2014 International Vancouver Burlesque Festival) before starting her career as a solo artist in 2014. In 2015 she co-founded the Secret Burlesque Society. In 2016 she joined up with Send in the Girls Burlesque (SITG) to perform in their 5-star Sterling Award nominated show "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue" to sold-out audiences at the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Festival, performing again with SITG at the 2017 Jasper Pride Festival and 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Festival with their Canadian burlesque revue "With Glowing Hearts". Violette is also the co-founder of House of Hush Burlesque and creator of the Yeg Burlesque Calendar.
Currently residing in Edmonton, Canada, Violette regularly produces several shows, including Clue: A Burlesque Murder Mystery (co-produced by Beau Creep and LeTabby Lexington) and The Violette Underground. For a complete list of what's coming up check out her Upcoming Events page.
Mentions in the Media
OCT 2017 // Clue: A Burlesque Murder Mystery featured on the cover of Vue Weekly!
"But don’t expect the same narrative to play out twice. This is, after all, a live-action show of the beloved 1950s game, Clue ... Since last year, the performers have been working on and rehearsing two divergent endings of bloody murder and spine-chilling mystery." - Sierra Bilton / Photos by JProcktor
Read the full article here.
AUG 2017 // Send in the Girls Burlesque's 2017 Fringe show receives rave reviews from Liz Nicholls on 12th Night: "Violette Coquette is a strange and hilarious Roberta Bondar — Canada’s first female astronaut". Reviewed by Todd Babiak.
Read the full review here.
AUG 2016 // Fringe Review: Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue by LIANE FAULDER
"Shakespeare’s Sirens doesn’t even need this five-star review, though they more than deserve it. They opened to a packed house their first night out, and I expect will play to a roaring crowd each performance till their last."
JUNE 2016 // Violette's new event Commedia Burlesco (co-produced by G.Venchy and improvisor Julian Faid), featured in Vue Weekly.
“Whatever social issue is weighing down my heart or whatever thing I’m currently raging about or just something I think is really funny—burlesque is a place where you can take anything, literally anything, and make it into this story to share with people.” >> View full article here
FEB 2016 // The February Violette Underground event, featured in Edmonton Metro!
The Violette Underground is an ongoing "pop-up speakeasy burlesque club", featuring a wide variety of Edmonton's most entertaining performers including spoken word poets, musicians, fortune tellers, belly dancers and burlesque artists.
NOV 2015 // Big recent news in the Alberta burlesque community: the AGLC (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission) has changed their definition of "nude" to NOT include nipples or breasts, providing "nipple equality" for male and female performers. A huge win! Violette Coquette and the Secret Burlesque Society made the issues around these AGLC rules an integral part of their performances in 2015, including creating an "AGLC" performance piece that actively protested the archaic and sexist AGLC rules. Violette was interviewed and pictured in this Metro article.
Q&A with Douglas Dollars - Metro News Edmonton, August 13 (2015)
"It's my opinion that the Secret Burlesque Society really took the spirit of #DIYcity, and ran with it. The show was fantastic, the venue adorable, and it left the audience wanting more." - #DIYcity - The power of small objects, article by Jody Bailey (2015)
"Secret burlesque in Edmonton aims to bring back the ‘cheeky’." - Featured in Metro Edmonton, article by Stephanie Dubois (2015)
“Personally one of my favourite acts of the evening for the originality and fun music." - A review of the 2014 Ottawa Burlesque Festival's Friday night, The Dark Side of the Merkin by Krista Walsh / A Life in Glitter / September 20, 2014 (full review here)