From Sunday, November 16 onwards, Sunday afternoons are all about drag cabaret in the Casa Rosso Theater in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Casa Rosso is known for its “live erotic entertainment,” and is full of tourists night after night.
But the intimate sex Theater at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal also wants to reach out to audiences in Amsterdam, and opened its doors to other forms of entertainment. That is why lovers of spectacular variety drag shows can now pay a visit to the Casa Rosso Theater in December. The show is performed by Chicks with Dicks, a group that has been putting humorous drag shows on stage since 1993 with different casts. In the dark days before and after Christmas, it will be a real pleasure to relax on cosy Sunday afternoons with ultra-light, and sometimes politically incorrect entertainment.
Koos van den Berg, alias Coco Coquette, is organizer and star: “I am extremely pleased we are performing here. I am proud to present a selection of top-performers. They bring merely highlights with ultra-light, and sometimes irreverent entertainment. And the formula works: after three weeks of full house in February, we have planned a whopping seven shows. The audience sits a bit too close to each other on 150 re-upholstered fake-leather armchairs, but that only creates a more intimate and cosy atmosphere for a very pleasant afternoon. This cosiness is important to me, especially in these dark months. No sun, grey skies. Especially Sunday afternoons are a nightmare.”
You have been doing this for almost twenty years, and your end-of-year-shows are a dead cert. How do you keep coming up with new ideas?
“I ran into my former drag colleague Mizz Mopsie, Heinz-Gerd Roes. We founded Chicks with Dicks some twenty years ago. He suffered from Parkinson’s and could hardly do anything, but was miraculously cured. With all this renewed energy, Mopsie would love to perform again. This is how I got the idea for Symphonica in Casa Rosso, as a tribute to Mopsie’s resurrection.”
Heinz-Gerd Roes: “This is the start of a new project of mine. I’m very grateful for the deep brain surgery, and as a result can function again without Parkinson’s! I want to devote a large amount of all my extra energy to the fight against AIDS. I will be admitted to the Amsterdam Church of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as sister Amor Angelica Sanitaria.”
Who will be on stage?
“I managed to get a lot of girlfriends up there: Desiree dello Stiletto, Lady Charity, Dora Royale, Mizz Mopsie, and Don&Dirk van de Poppers. Tilly Trekhaak with her wondrous accordion, and as many as two former Miss Drag Netherlands 2009. Rose Murphy is always surprising with her acts. And Charité la Bustier. She always performs at the ‘Eurosongtravestival,’ which she often wins with her spicy lyrics to familiar songs and her golden voice.
And last but not least, we zero in on the pole dancing craze: Bi Polar, an up-and-coming pole dance talent, will show what he can do with a pole! And to make the afternoon complete, visitors can go to the Getto in the Warmoesstraat after the show for two drinks for the price of one with their ticket.”
Theater Casa Rosso, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 106-108. Shows on Sunday 21 and 28 December. Starts at 15:30, venue opens at 15:00. Entry fee is fifteen Euros, including one drink. Tickets are available online via www.travestiecabaret.nl.