A year after the opening of her latest act “Opium Den,” Dita Von Teese brought the performance to the amfAR / DSQUARED2 party at the Chateau Marmont this week. It’s such a dope performance, I had to ask a few questions:
1. How long has Opium Den been performed?
It debuted about one year ago in Los Angeles at the Avalon Hollywood to a sold out crowd.
2. Where are the most major places/parties where it’s been preformed?
The European début was in Paris at the famed Casino de Paris, which is where Mistinguette and Josephine Baker performed.
3. What does the costume consist of? How many pieces and who makes each piece?
It took thousands of hours and a dozen people to place the 300,000 Swarovski crystals on by hand. The chinese style gown is comprised of three main pieces– a skirt, top and corset, plus a large beaded headress, crystal-embellished and beaded pasties and thong.
4. And the shoes?
The Christian Louboutin shoes are custom made in the atelier in Paris, designed especially by Mr. Louboutin for this show.
5. Who choreographed or helped choreograph?
I choreograph all of my acts myself!
6. When do you rehearse?
Usually in the afternoons the day of a show while the prop is set up.
7. What are upcoming performance in Los Angeles where someone could buy tickets and go?
Something is in the works now for the Holiday season… the announcement will be made on Twitter! www.twitter.com/ditavonteese
I will also be debuting another brand new act at the upcoming LA show!
8. What are you being for Halloween?!?!
An “L.A” girl…..skinny jeans, tan, french mani+pedi, and perhaps some juicy couture or Ed Hardy threads. I don’t like to dress up for Halloween any other way! I live out all of my costume fantasies onstage!
9. What do you do for a workout or to keep in shape 🙂
I do Pilates with Mari Winsor over on Melrose. She has the best butt-toning workout ever!
10. What’s the inspiration/impetus for Opium Den? Was it a reincarnation of a past burlesque act you saw and liked?
I think that after all the classic 1940’s styled burlesque shows everyone knows me for, I wanted to create something timeless, mysterious and a little bit bitchy and dangerous….I watch a lot of epic, tragic chinese films starring an actress named Gong Li, and I particularly love the mythic “dragon lady” image.
And yes, I did smoke opium once in Paris— for research!!