From The Pit To The Crowd: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque – Orlando FL – 18 Years and Older Only

Disclaimer: This review contains content that is for adults 18 years of age and older. Reading and viewing discretion is advised. 

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone out there who hasn’t at least seen a SuicideGirl on the internet or at least heard of them. When they started their Blackheart Burlesque it was in 2003 and ran a few years before taking a hiatus and coming back again in 2013. SuicideGirls and SuicideGirls hopefuls performing burlesque with pop culture themes of anime, fantasy, and sci-fi. When I heard the announcement they would be stopping in Orlando at The Plaza Live on March 25th, I thought it was a great opportunity to photograph something different than the normal concerts I cover. Also, as a fan, I knew this would be an amazing show.

Arriving at The Plaza Live there was a massive line of people waiting to get inside. And once I got inside, it was wall to wall people checking out merchandise, getting drinks, and excitedly talking about the show. The venue was only half filled when Jennings Suicide came out on stage to provide the crowd a comedy routine to help warm them up. It didn’t take long for the raunchy jokes to come out, which had the crowd half shocked and half laughing. Once the crowd knew what they were in for, Jennings let the raunchiness rip and the crowd was laughing hard. Nothing was off limits as Jennings went from dick jokes to sleeping with her dad to gangbangs as part of her routine. It was a good way to get started and the crowd provided her a great round of applause.

And soon enough a compliment of Blackheart Burlesque dancers hit the stage all in animal pajamas. It didn’t take long before they stripped out of them to bras and panties and soon enough just panties wearing pasties with them. The more clothes they removed, the louder the crowd got. After a short dance set, our host, Sunny Suicide, took the stage to address the crowd. She gave us a rundown of the what we’ll expect during the night including some crowd interaction sets and also gave the crowd a flash hiking up her shirt to reveal what was or wasn’t underneath. She also thanked MyFreeCams who was sponsoring the Blackheart Burlesque tour. Some of the Florida based webcam models were present in the front row that night. Sunny encouraged the crowd to take photos and videos during the show and to share them on social media. She also encouraged them to cheer and applaud. Sunny said the louder they are, the harder the women perform. She left the stage and the show continued on.

First, Clair Suicide, Bricksie Suicide, and Peneloppe Suicide came out with what appeared to be an homage to Adventure Time. But, the next performance by Liryc (not Lyric as she states on her Twitter page) Suicide was a beautiful homage to Marvel’s Black Panther. Liryc’s grace, intensity, and amazing acrobatic performance garnered lots of “OOOOOO”s and “AHHHH”s from the crowd. It was truly a stunning performance. Sunny joined the next performance in a more traditional burlesque dance with green feathers and Clair and Peneloppe. Sunny’s smile and grace captured everyone’s attention during the performance.

The burlesque show switched gears to sultry and sexy as Bricksie provided us a solo dance coming out in a hat, lingerie, and cigarette in hand. Her performance was breathtaking using a phone and chair as props. Much like Liryc she dances with intensity, power, and grace. She had a tremendous round of applause as she left the stage. Abbeyso Suicide came out on stage with a black feathered fan and a gray feathered fan to provide us with our first singing performance of the night. She performed a great rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”. She has an excellent singing voice and wonderfully intermixed her fan moves into the song at what felt like appropriate times. The crowd was very impressed. And then one of my favorite performances was to the theme from Stranger Things. Peneloppe, Liryc, Rawna, and Clair came out in hazmat suits holding flashlights and Bricksie in normal clothing. The performance was chilling and sexy.

Sunny returned to the stage for the first of the crowd interaction performances. She was looking for a couple who came to the show together and picked out one from the crowd and brought them on stage. Sunny explained that the couple was going to learn how to do a lap dance and perform it on stage. Sunny brought out Liryc who would be showing the couple how the perfect lap dance is performed. Sunny sat down in the chair and walked through the steps as Liryc performed them one by one. Liryc then sat the woman in the chair and Sunny ran through the steps again with Liryc performing them on the woman. Sunny then said it was the couple’s turn and the man went to go sit in the chair. Sunny stopped him and informed that HE would be performing the lap dance for his girlfriend. The crowd laughed and applauded. Sunny asked for some music the man began the lap dance and was completely into the routine even performing some twerking at the end. The crowd cheered loudly and the couple won a year subscription to SuicideGirls.

Now it was back to dancing as Rawna Suicide took center stage withAbbeyso, Liryc, Bricksie, and Clair performing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Coming out in a red leather jacket, bra, and bottoms, Rawna showed off her moves and amazing stage presence. It was an excellent performance to a great song. Sunny came back out wearing a mermaid fishtail and pasties to perform her own version of “Part of Your World”. With a stuffed Flounder on the table and Sunny singing “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty” while holding a vibrator up the performance was humorous and enjoyable. Next was an homage to the movie “The Fifth Element” with the Peneloppe, Liryc, and Bricksie dressed in the white bandage wraps Leeloo wears. Peneloppe was the perfect image of Leeloo with her short red hair. Rawna came out for a very sexy solo performance right after. The next performance was one of the visually coolest sets with an homage to Star Trek with light up hula-hoops. Bricksie in red, Liryc in blue, and Clair in gold dancing and stripping while hula-hooping. And when they turned the lights down, the hula-hoops glowed for a really cool light show.

Sunny came back on stage and was looking for a male audience member for another interactive set. Sunny picked out a male who was an engineer. She said that was good because she was going to give him a paper to read and he needed to read it and then answer three questions. If he could, he would win a year subscription to SuicideGirls.com. Sunny left him alone on a chair and some music began to play. Peneloppe came out wearing a white button-down shirt and began distracting him while he was reading. She blew on his ear, stripped off her shirt in front of him, even took the poor guy’s glasses. When she was done with her routine, Sunny came back out to ask him the three questions. He didn’t get a single one right. I don’t blame him, I would have been pretty distracted as well. For being such a good sport, Sunny still awarded him with the year subscription to SuicideGirls.

Rawna, Bricksie, and Liryc followed up with a tribute to Sailor Moon. After that, we had two wonderful singing performances. First, Peneloppe comes out looking like Jessica Rabbit from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and performed the song “Why Don’t You Do Right”, which is sung by Jessica in the movie. The song was originally written and recorded by “Kansas Joe” McCoy in 1936. It became better well known for being recorded by Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman in 1942. Peneloppe did a phenomenal job with the song, giving it a sultry flair, with her amazing vocals. Then, Abbeyso came out to perform Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Instead of having the expected fast-paced tune, Abbeyso sang it acapella and slowed it down, providing a more blues-style performance. It was chilling. Taking on an Adele song is hard enough as it is, but to give it your own flair and making it sound good is a true challenge. And she did it beautifully.

Sunny came back out for a performance with Bricksie, Rawna, and Liryc honoring Rick and Morty. And then Clair came out to a solo number in a Princess Leia slave outfit from “Return of the Jedi”. She provided a beautiful dance with such finesse. And then, the 50 Shades of Gray tribute with Liryc as the Dom with Bricksie, Peneloppe, and Rawna as her submissives. This performance had everyone in the audience silent as they were watching so intensely. The women made it sexy and enticing and arousing. This performance received the largest applause of the evening.

Sunny came back out one last time to talk to the crowd and provided another interactive opportunity. She called for any of the women in the audience to participate and come up on stage. There were at least 18 women who were brave enough to go. Sunny lined them up on stage and was stunned how many beautiful women were not just up on the stage but in the audience as well. She then explained her story on how she became a SuicideGirl by applying to be a model on the website after she had seen one of the Blackheart Burlesque shows. She then added easily how any of the women on stage or in the audience could be the next SuicideGirl as well. Sunny explained they were going to have a contest to allow the Orlando women on stage to show off their dance moves. Sunny asked for some music and the women on stage started to dance…and strip. The fans were cheering them on and half the women had no qualms about taking off their shirts as they danced. One woman did a killer split on stage, which caught Sunny’s attention. When they ended the song, Sunny pointed at each woman asking for the audience to applause loudest for who won. A lovely woman in a plaid top and white underwear won (she even pulled up her top and flashed the crowd) a year subscription to SuicideGirls. After the women cleared the stage, Sunny thanked the Orlando crowd for coming tonight as the show was coming to an end with one last performance. But, that they would be back in September 2018 at The Plaza Live for another performance.

The last performance of the evening was the infamous Stormtrooper dance. All of the performers came out in glittering Stormtrooper helmets and with blaster rifles. Sunny was also wearing a cape like Captain Phasma. During the performance, they removed their helmets and then their tops, which of course made the crowd cheer loudly. They put their helmets back on and struck a pose when the song ended, which raised cheers from the Orlando crowd. The performers ran off stage and the lights came on, which left the crowd, and myself a little confused. I was expecting the performers to come back out to take a bow, but they didn’t.

Needless to say, this show was amazing, funny, sexy, and everything I hoped it would be from the SuicideGirls. You can find their current tour scheduled at Blackheart Burlesque. If you’ve never seen this show, do yourself a favor and go. You will not be disappointed.

 

Bernard Cana

Bernard is a photographer based out of Orlando, FL. He started photographing models 5 years ago and felt the need for a change of pace. In July 2016 he was introduced to band photography and immediately found a passion for it. Bernard primarily covered performances at local venues. He joined DreadMusicReview.com in October 2016 as a photographer and writer covering both bands on tour and local bands. If you are interested in having Bernard cover your shows you may reach out to him here: E-mail: bernard.cana@dreadmusicreview.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/talonkanephotography Instagram: www.instagram.com/talonkanephotography

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