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Monday, May 10, 2010

Kitten on the Keys and Roky Roulette in Palm d'Or-nominated film, Tournée

San Francisco's own burlesque luminaries Kitten on the Keys (left, top) and Roky Roulette (right, below) will be walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this May with the likes of Tim Burton, Kate Beckinsale, Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Cate Blanchett, Mike Leigh, Javier Bardem, and other movie stars and show business titans.

Kitten and Roky are starring in the French comedy Tournée (see the trailer), a film directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Quantum of Solace). It is one of the films selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. Also starring in the film are San Diego's Mimi Le Meaux, New York's Dirty Martini and Julie Atlas Muz,and Los Angeles' Evie Lovell.

The film follows an American neo-burlesque troupe across various towns and cities in France. They are led by one-time Parisian television producer, Joachim (Amalric). After bring back the troupe from his self-imposed exile in America, he hopes to finish the tour in Paris with a big show that would cap his comeback. Alas, a betrayal by an old friend leads to the loss of the theater at which they are to perform, leading to an explosive finish. Along the way, the troupe plays in a series of French port towns, entertaining fans and creating an atmosphere filled with warmth, fun, and imagination despite a life of cheap hotel rooms and having little money.

The troupe of burlesque performers was discovered by Amalric when they were in Nantes, France, performing as "Cabaret New Burlesque" in 2007.

Kitten on the Keys, also known as Suzanne Ramsey, has performed in many burlesque shows in San Francisco, across America, and around the world. She's been the emcee for Tease-O-Rama, The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, and the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. She's staged her one-woman play "Does This Piano Make My Ass Look Big?" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009.

On the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, Kitten will be wearing a 1930s-styled gown designed by San Francisco's Jessica Lansdown.

Roky Roulette has Roky Roulette is the world's only Pogo Strip Tease Artist! He has been featured in Lucha VaVoom, Cabaret New Burlesque and the Extra Action Marching Band. He will be competing at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas for Best Boylesque in June.
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