Lukki has been featured in Bust Magazine (April/May, 2008),
Square News, Washington
Square News (again), Time.com,
WIC, and her image has graced the pages of the Washington
Post, Washington Blade, Express (DC), Bizarre,
L Magazine, and many others. She has appeared in documentaries
including 5'2" and Showy and WCTV's critically acclaimed
Chronicle, among others. Other awards and accolades include
being voted "Sexiest Alien" at Coney Island and being
featured in the New York Burlesque Calendar as "May."
Story of Lukki Then
Lukki (a.k.a. Lucky), the burlesque legend of stage and screen,
began her illustrious career at Texas Guinan's 300 Club at the tender
age of 18. She became a regular fixture in speakeasies and clubs
around the globe including, in New York City, Club Intime, Club
Argonaut, the Century Club and, in Chicago, the Paramount, the Copacabana
(with the Wally Wanger Girls) and at Club De Lisa (with Sun Ra).
Lukki also appeared on Broadway in Padlocks of 1927 and toured throughout
the country as a principal fan dancer in Too Hot For Paris
(which, incidentally, turned out to be apropos as the show was banned
in France!). Lukki performed at the Chicago World's Exposition (The
Century of Progress, 1933) as Sally Rand's back-up dancer and also
as a hoochie koochie dancer in the Tunisian Village. Gracing the
silver screen with her angelic presence, Lukki appeared in a number
of Hollywood blockbusters including I Am Suzanne and Boys
and Girls Together. Lukki also penned a number of important
exposes and articles about her glamorous life, the collection of
which--along with new commentary and never-before-seen photographs--is
currently under contract with a major New York publisher.
Story of Lukki Now
Renowned scholar and performance artist has carefully reconstructed
the obscure yet fascinating career of Lukki from the scant remaining
archival materials that still remain documenting this infamous
performer. Thanks to careful archival work and the occasional
artistic license, Lukki has been modernized for a discerning 21st-century
audience and, once again, has been placed center stage where she
Lukki has become a regular fixture in New York City clubs
and theatres and has performed at the Slipper Room, Galapagos
Art Space, Coney Island's Sideshow by the Seashore, The Supper
Club, Crobar, Avalon, Bowery Ballroom, PS 122, the Marquees, Marion's,
Jane Street Theatre, Cutting Room, Rafiffi, Collective Unconscious,
The Stonewall, Triad Theatre, Lillie's, Manhattan Theatre Source,
The Producer's Club, Lanski Lounge, Swing 46, Lotus, and a host
of others. She can often be caught out of town with her pants
down and has performed across the country to critical acclaim!
She joins forces regularly with Trixie Little and the Evil Hate
Monkey to cause havic and spread glamour around the world. Their
original full-length show -- described as "smart, funny and
dumb in all the right ways" and "better than Wicked"
-- premiered at the Washington DC Fringe Festival in 2007. "Dial
P for Pasties" has since been reprised in venues across the
Eastern Seaboard to standing ovations and critical acclaim.
was honored to perform at the Miss Exotic World Competition in
2006 and 2007 and co-hosted the Legends night with the World Famous
*BOB* in 2008. She has performed at every New York Burlesque Festival
since its inception and headlined in 2008. Over the past 7 years,
she has been a featured performer in a number of World Famous
Pontani Sister Productions and starred with the sisters in the
Los Straight Jacket music video Mad
Pants & Teacher
On the cerebreal side, Lukki's alto ego teaches "The
History of American Burlesque" to New York University Undergraduate
Drama students. She teaches the students how to think critically
about burlesque and how to take their clothes off (that's right,
for credit!). For the work she does on the stage and in the classroom,
she was featured on NPR's
is thrilled to be a faculty member of Jo "Boobs" Weldon's
School of Burlesque in New York City. She has co-taught w/Professor
Weldon and has developed and taught a five-week intensive persona
and character development course. She regularly conducts practicum
workshops and classes including pastie-making workshops for City
Paper in Washington DC and a performing persona workshop for Movement
Research in NYC.
also has presented papers on burlesque at academic conferences
including "Girls! Girls! Girls!: Scantily-Clad Women as the
"World of Tomorrow" at the New York World's Fair, 1939-40,"
"'It is the Ugly That is so Beautiful: The Monster/Beauty
Continuum in Neo-Burlesque," "Ephemeral Scenes: The
Coterminous Relationship between World's Fairs and Burlesque Bodies,"
and "You Won't Find This in the Guidebook: Side Shows, Show
Girls, and In Situ Display in ' 39-'40 at the Golden Gate International
Exposition and the New York World's Fair."
Lukki has been producing shows and curating performances
for many, many years. She is the master mind and producer behind
Sin-O-Rama, an evening of blue burlesque starring the brightest
and bawdiest stars of the burlesque stage including Miss Exotic
World 2006 Julie Atlas Muz, Mr. Exotic World 2006 Tigger!, and
Miss Exotic World 2006 Best Duo Trixie Little and the Evil Hate
Monkey. Sin-O-Rama premiered at the Palace of Wonders in Washington
DC and was met with critical acclaim and the occasional threat
from police for "indecency". Some of her evening-length
shows at Galapagos Art Space include "American Beauty: the
2004 Election" which featured an installation art "voting
booth" constructed out of Village Voice "escort"
pages in the shape of an American flag as well as countless holiday
and themed shows. Her New Year's Eve 2007 "Burlesque O-Teque"
was selected as the #1 Pick for "New Year's Eve in New York:
Avoiding Times Square" Top Picks! Other evening-length shows
include her "Dr. Lukki's School of Burlesque" which
features a lecture on the history of burlesque with original dances,
skits, and acts performances by her NYU students. In
2006, she conceived and performed a 12-hour durational performance
art piece in the Coney Island Museum entitled "Coney Island
and Spectacle as Total-Body Experience - A 12-Hour Academic Spectacular
in Which We Find Our Heroine Chained to a Podium for an Interminable
Period, With All the Agony and Sublime Joy That This Might Entail."
In 2008, she began producing "Wanted! The Wild Bandits of
Burlesque" with Julie Atlas Muz featured monthly at Rodeo