Burlesque cabaret – Brussels
It is purely by chance that Aliki and I came across Mademoiselle. We were looking for a nice eatery in the LGBTQ district in the centre of Brussels when we passed in front of it. It was the word ‘cabaret’ that drew our attention. So we asked around and found out that the place is brand new: it opened only in October this year! (that’s 2017 for people who read this in a few years’ time).
Mademoiselle turned out to be a really nice suprise. The place is quite small, but that works in its favour, making the atmosphere cosy. It comprises a bar area and a small stage, on which every half an hour or so there is a Burlesque show. The decor is kept simple and minimalist, keeping the focus on the perfomance.
The night we happened to be there the performers where three cross-dressers ‘and a real woman’, as the bearded ‘Mademoiselle La Veuve’, the presentor, put it. They were all genuinely enjoying themselves and their good mood spilt over to the audience. The performances included the right touches of witty humour and slap-stick parodies of the songs they were mimicking on playback. All this came packaged in a splendid array of lavish dresses, more than enough make women jealous! Mademoiselle Loulou Velvet was just ravishing!
The crowd was a very hip one: mostly well-groomed and young. It cheered good humouredly, creating an ambience of good fun. We felt immediately at ease.
Value for money
Entrance to the Cabaret is totally free. At some point the ladies come out amongst the crowd, collecting in hats, and they deserve every penny they get (or, in the words of Mademoiselle La Veuve: ‘it’s Euros baby, we are in Brussels!’)
The drinks are a tad expensive -my Belgian Owl Whisky set me back 16 EUR- but that is close to the going prices in the centre of Brussels and considering that entrance is free, it is acceptable.
Hillarous, witty and talented performers. It was a pleasant discovery and I will surely go back! I fell in love with Loulou Velvet! (please get me her number!)
I loved the mixture of humour, sexiness and directness of the performers. They weren’t just there to give their show, they were interacting at all times with the audience and the audience responded accordingly. I looooved the bearded ‘Mademoiselle La Veuve’ and the dance of sweet Miss Anne Thropy!
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