Wakanda Forever! We’re Living for Philadelphia’s ‘Black Panther’ Burlesque Show (Video)
Last Friday night, Philadelphia’s famed Trocadero Theatre hosted an all-black performance of Black Panther burlesque. That night, Black (AF) Panther, produced by Philly burlesque queen Renaissance Noir and hosted by Icon Ebony Fierce, took the stage and amazed the crowd with routines inspired by the hit film.
Noir told WHYY, the Philly PBS affiliate, that she knew she wanted to be part of an upcoming Black Panther burlesque show as soon as she saw the trailer. She said, “The first thing I said was ‘Whoever’s producing this show, I need to be in it.’ And a bunch of other people were like, ‘Why don’t you produce it?’”
This was the first show Noir produced, and from all accounts she did an amazing job.
Afterwards, she wrote, “Last night’s show was historic for me, and for Philadelphia! (The second I’m exaggerating, the first I am not). Thank you everyone so much for coming out to my first burlesque production! It was rocky, but it was worth it for everyone in the room!”
Noir also said that normally, while doing burlesque, she’s the only black performer. “So, with this one… everyone wanted to see it happen, because we don’t get shows that are all-black. We’re just sprinkled in with other shows.”
The full cast was made up of eight performers, including Noir who played Okoye, the Wakandan army general. The cast also included Foxworth Al-Amin Vorn, who played T’Challa, the Black Panther himself, and Icon Ebony Fierce as queen Ramonda and the show’s host.