Voted Edmonton's 2016 Best Burlesque Artist, Violette Coquette is the Feminist Provocateur! This golden-era beauty 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, spending 3 high-kicking years in their ranks, including being a featured soloist in their 4-star reviewed "Elvisland" show at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival and performing at the 2014 International Vancouver Burlesque Festival. In 2015 she co-founded the Secret Burlesque Society. In 2016 she joined up with Send in the Girls Burlesque to perform in their 5-star reviewed "Shakespeare's Sirens: A Burlesque Revue" at the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Festival, which was nominated for two Sterling Awards. Violette will be performing with Send in the Girls again at the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Festival with their brand-new Canadian revue show "With Glowing Hearts".
Currently residing in Edmonton, Canada, Violette regularly produces several shows, including Clue: A Burlesque Murder Mystery (co-produced by Beau Creep and LeTabby Lexington), Commedia Burlesco (co-produced by G.Venchy and Julian Faid), and The Violette Underground. For a complete list of what's coming up check out her Upcoming Events page.
Violette was voted "Best Burlesque Artist" in Vue Weekly's 2016 Best of Edmonton.
Mentions in the Media
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."
JULY 2016 // Commedia Burlesco featured in the Edmonton Journal's "Social Seen" by Codie McLachlan. >> View images here
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)