A Time Out New York "Critics Pick" and a Flavorpill "Editor's Choice", just back from their first national tour.
"Wildly inventive, completely nuts, and charming through-and-through." -Flavorpill
"These cerebral ladies, cast in the Lena Dunham mold of young, smart, sexy, nerdy, nerdy-sexy women, show off their high brow cred and low brow spred — all in titillating, sparkly, see-through costumes..." - Burlesque Beat
"[Rhinestone Gorilla] is the future of burlesque." -San Francisco Burlesque Review
From barely legal to legally bare, Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque is New York's ragtag army of art school delinquents. Heralded as "dangerous-minded and infectious" and "the future of burlesque" (The San Francisco Burlesque Review), The Rhinestone Gorillas are not your average showgirls; they're rhinestones in the rough, anti-glamour guerilla grrrls prone to attack and entice.
Formerly known as Alpha Psi Ecdysia, Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque was founded in 2008 as the nation's premier undergraduate burlesque troupe. While based on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Rhinestone Gorilla lived a double life as an educational institution and a professional producing entity. On the New Paltz campus, Rhinestone Gorilla dedicated itself to teaching burlesque history, the politics of neo-burlesque and the practice of burlesque performance; off-campus, Rhinestone Gorilla was the underage darling of the New York stripperformance art scene, getting naked on school nights at The Slipper Room, Rififi, Public Assembly, and Sugarland and in venues in LA, SF, Boston, and beyond. Though frequent subjects of controversy and police activity, Rhinestone Gorilla's students on the SUNY campus--who have inherited the name Alpha Psi Ecdysia--remain the only state-sponsored strippers in the nation.
Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque is Lucida Sans (Producing Director), Gemma Stone (Creative Associate), Debra Delorean (Producing Assistant), Kinky Demure (Technical Director), Angelique A'LaMode, Avian Rush, and Miss Cherry Delight.
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