Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque will be making a stop in Fargo at the Sanctuary Events Center on Friday June 9th.

According to their website, SuicideGirls is a term used to describe girls who commit “social suicide” by choosing not to fit in.  After over 15 years of building the largest network of alternative models, SuicideGirls doesn’t need to worry about “fitting in” any longer.

SuicideGirls is a place to celebrate beautiful and unique women who choose not to fit into the norm of society and give them control on how their sexuality is depicted. What people find strange or different, SuicideGirls finds perfection.

Recently, we chatted with SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide about the tour and the alternative pin-up empire she’s helped build.

SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide

Fargo Underground: You launched SuicideGirls in 2001. How has the world changed for you in that time?

Missy: I think the world changed for everyone quite extensively. When we first launched the site social networking wasn’t a thing. The world’s knowledge wasn’t in your pocket all the time. You had to sit down at the computer at your desk or go use the computer at the library.

Now I feel like social networks are so much more a part of our world.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  Over half of the SuicideGirls audience are women. What do you think they find appealing about it?

Missy: I get emails all the time from women who say they didn’t feel beautiful until they saw a girl who looks like them on SuicideGirls. They gained confidence from looking at how beautiful and confident the women depicted in the images look.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  What prompted you to move from a website to the live Blackheart Burlesque Show?

Missy: We have been doing a live burlesque show since 2002, so shortly after the website. With the website, we wanted to take really classic pin-up style photos and update them with a modern twist. In the same vein, we took classic burlesque and updated it with a modern twist.

It was a natural progression of the website. The burlesque shows we did from 2002 to 2007 were more free-form punk rock style burlesque. We took a break after our tour opening up for Guns and Roses and we decided to put the tour on hiatus while we worked on our book.

Because we were like, “Do we want to work on a movie or put the burlesque tour back out?” And it was like, “Well, let’s put a movie out.” And then it was like, “Comic book or burlesque tour?” It just kept going on and on like that until we put our book Hard girls, Soft light in 2012.

We sent two girls up and down the West Coast just signing books at comic book shops. By the time they got to Santa Cruz, there were 150 people standing outside this comic book shop waiting to get two girl’s autographs.

We were like, “Clearly people want a live experience and we can do better than just two girls at a comic book shop”. We decided to put the burlesque tour back out.

In the ensuing 6 or 7 years that we had taken off, the burlesque world really stepped up its game. From fabulous costumes to prop pieces to large-scale performances like Lady GaGa and what not. We decided to blend cosplay and burlesque.

The girls had been going to Comic-Con for the past 8 years at that point, and we knew how much the girls really appreciated cosplay and wanted to incorporate that culture into the burlesque show. And that’s how the Blackheart Burlesque was born.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  For someone who’s never been to a show, what can they expect?

Missy: You can watch previews online (see preview video below), but it’s nothing like being at the live experience. It’s remarkable, because the girls have so much energy and love and enthusiasm – and the audience has so much energy and love and enthusiasm. It’s kind of overwhelming to be there and be in the presence of all that confidence and love. It’s hard not to smile.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  This is a massive tour with 65 dates scheduled. Who created the show and who choreographed the routines?

Missy:  So the show was choreographed this time by Lyric Suicide, who is one of the dancers in the show. This is the first tour she has choreographed and we’re super excited about it.

Prior to that, Manwé Sauls-Addison had been our choreographer. He has since moved on to opening the Magic Mike Live show in Las Vegas. We’re really proud of him, but we’re really excited about Lyric choreographing the shows this time.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  Your shows are full of pop-culture references and tributes. Which routine is the crowd favorite right now?

Missy: There’s a couple that get huge reactions. I think the Stranger Things number goes over really well.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  Fargo is a cool small city. Will the performers have any time off to see it?

Missy: They usually get in the night before and so they have a few hours where they can hang out in the city before the show.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque

Fargo Underground:  What’s on the drawing board for SuicideGirls next? Anything big coming down the pipe?

Missy: We’ve got a tour going in the UK and we are working on lots of other tour and non-tour endeavours. We’ve got a new book that we’re working on and a bunch of other stuff.

Hope you enjoy the show!

 


 

If you go

What: SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque
Where: Sanctuary Events Center – 670 4th Ave N in Fargo
When: June 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Details: https://fargounderground.com/downtown-fargo-event/suicidegirls-blackheart-burlesque-fargo-nd/

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