Hi! We're the Burlesque Collective. We were founded in 2015 as a not-for-profit incorporated society designed to increase performance opportunities for burlesque and variety artists.
The Christchurch based incorporated society is dedicated to providing performance opportunities to burlesque and variety artists from all regions. It takes pride in a ethos grounded in raising awareness of and promoting burlesque as a genre of entertainment, body positivity, expression, self-confidence and empowerment.
Our wee labour of love takes a lot of work, so we wouldn't get very far without our members. These are the humans who work tirelessly to produce shows and facilitate learning opportunities and community events for the vibrant burlesque scene here in Christchurch:
Sapphire Matizze ( Co-Facilitator ) Heaven Z'dor ( Co-Facilitator )
Ducati Diva ( Treasurer ) Miss Diamond Delish ( Secretary )
Constance Mayhem Velvet la Rouge
Whether hamming it up as one half of dapper duo Sapphire Matizze and Steel, or keeping it real as her solo self, this sultry mistress of mystery and intrigue loves mesmerising you with her signature purposeful dramatic style and ocd-inspired costuming. Her roots and first loves of ballroom and latin american dance always influence her performances, and she relishes every opportunity to take you on a journey through them. So pack your bags when she begs you to follow, you won’t want to miss a single moment of the Artisan of Intrigue.
To tease or to terrify?.. that is the question. Heaven Z’dor is beauty, and she’s grace.. but she could also bite your face. Her name may imply she is angelic, but behind that wicked sneer there lurks a warped mind, so that’s not necessarily what you’re going to get! Runner up at “Burlesque Rumble” 2020, Baroness (Runner Up) of “Like a Fine Wine” 2020, and a finalist in “Grand Tease” 2017, she has gathered accolades over the years for surprise and innovation. Ranging from regal to ridiculous, she enjoys busting out the bizarre and keeping you guessing. Sometimes nice, but often nasty - all is not what it seems at this fancy party!
The seductive goddess of fury and tease is in love with the timeless elegance of her namesake. She will take you on a ride of speed, tease and exhilaration filled with comedy and grace.
2019 Starlet of NZ - Most Innovative
Miss Diamond Delish
The yummy mummy of burlesque has been sparkling up the stage since 2016. She brings the tuff, ruff and sparkling glam to her performaces. Miss Delish will dance around you, enticing you to dive into the goodness of her brightly shining diamond. She likes to shake her booty and move her hips. This diamond is tough and surrounded by a sparkling glow.
Mistress of the tall tale and masterful mayhem. She delights taking you to unexpected destinations. As a reveller in the unexpected, her journey into burlesue feels like one of the fairy tales she would tell on stage. As a youth she specialised in the performance arts of both the Head Bang and the Slam Dance, yet for the past 4 years she has been transitioning to a new home in the bump, grind and sparkle world of burlesque. Wherever she goes she takes pleasure in weaving sparkly tales of magic and mayhem that are not easily forgotten.
Constance Mayhem: The Burlesque Storyteller.
Velvet la Rouge
Like all good vintages, Velvet la Rouge has . . . been around. A bold red, she's smooth and sassy. Sexy curves and a bit of naughty sparkle more than make up for a little . . . ripening on the vine of life. Matured and classy, she's Velvet by name, and sometimes by nature . . . elegant and enigmatic, with a hint of sweetness - but you just never know what you might find after the first taste.