A burlesque troupe and cabaret that “pairs traditional burlesque with a flare of fetish and rock n’ roll,” the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret was formed in Savannah in 2014 and has made it their mission to spread an open mind ever since.
Every other month, the troupe performs different themed shows at Club One, and this month’s theme, “Decades of Debauchery,” will be a tribute to music, art, and culture through time.
Mandi FruFru, co-manager of Tied and Tasseled and a burlesque performer, has been with the troupe for the past seven years and according to her, their shows are about staying open, being comfortable, and getting creative.
“The idea behind our shows is to just kind of be comfortable being yourself and showing people what it is that you like to do and that you’re just comfortable doing it,” FruFru said. “Every performer makes their own acts from the ground up - the concept, the music, etc. So, a lot of people use music they’ve always loved, some people make their own mixes, and the same thing with costumes so people get very creative with it.”
In addition to choosing their own costumes and music, FruFru added that every performer has free reign to choose what they do in their act. For this particular theme, they will creatively showcase a different era, starting with the beginning of time.
“We do incorporate a lot of fetish into our acts…but that’s up to the individual performers. I guess it’s kind of like a theatre show…the acts go on one by one and we’ll go in chronological order through time. We start all the way back with Adam and Eve and are going all the way to the future.”
When asked the amount of time and effort that is put into each show, FruFru explained that it’s endless but incredibly rewarding.
“We work really hard, pretty much year round. As soon as one show finishes we start rehearsals for the next one for about two months,” she explained. “But, for me it’s the ultimate creative outlet. I get to incorporate all of the things that I love…like cosplay, dance, and social media. And I get to roll it all into one while being super confident in my own skin. And another thing about being in Burlesque…you don’t have to look any certain way, anyone can do it.”
“Decades of Debauchery,” will kick off at 9 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 18 at Club One. You must be 21 to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets to a show visit clubone-online.com