Big, Bad Bettie Blackheart, Hellsinki Hellcat, Queen of the Firetassels!
Mother of Helsinki Burlesque, one of the keyfigures in the finnish burlesque scene. Performer, teacher, visual artist, producer, a force of nature!
Performed in for example; Venice Biennale 2011( Italy), Hootchy Koothcy Club Stockholm, Tallinn ( Estonia), Tease-O-Rama 2012 ( San Francisco, US), Hubba Hubba Revue (US), Cabaret L´Impropable (Paris), Taboo Burlesque Nights ( Barcelona ), Micca Club ( Rome, Italy), Stockholm Burlesque festival 2010, Milan Burlesque Award 2011 ( Italy), Circue Bonheur ( Paris), Moscow, New York Burlesque festival 2012, 2013, Queen Calavera, Hamburg, SUD ( Basel, Switzerland)….and many clubs all over Finland, from livingrooms to biker clubs..
Bettie has worked with various photographers; Kaylin Idora, Kerttu Malinen, Saara Salmi, Qumma Art..See More GALLERY
She is often complimented for her strong presence on stage and her imaginative costumes that she mostly makes herself from top to bottom. Bettie also collaborates with costumiers like Hedo Luxe, Fannie Annie, Fiona Timantti, Tyra Therman….
Bettie works with fairytales, sagas of ancient godesses, modern time heroines, all in all strong female figures that she portrays in her own fiery way. She is not just another pretty girl on stage, she is a Woman with a W.
Queen of the Firetassels, sanctioned to the art by the Legend herself, Satan´s Angel, THE Queen of the firetassels.
When not performing she is producing the Annual Helsinki Burlesque Festival and the Finnish Burlesque Gala. She is also part of the burlesque troupe Hula Pirates Cabaret and headmistress of Burleskinstituutti.
Teacher of weekly danceclasses at www.himoclub.fi and workshops of many levels, from beginners to advanced, also private tutoring.
She has a MA degree in visual arts and works with painting, animation and performance art,. She host artevents and does performative guided tours to artexhibitons as Leila Halkeama, her artistic alter ego.
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