Explore the Darkness

Welcome to The Nocturnal Tease Burlesque Festival

A weekend long celebration of all things dark and spectacular

November 13th & 14th, 2020 in Dallas, Texas

Come and experience a diverse cast, amazing vendors and events, as well as carefully curated classes to help you bring your darkest dreams to life.

As a sound and an aesthetic, goth was always on the fringe. Its earliest recognizable form was during the early days of glam rock - the baroque fantasy fetishizing Victorian garb morphing into sci-fi delight and sequins. Queer icons like Marc Bolan and David Bowie would shape that early image of goth-glam, these influences are still felt in modern iterations. Goth would be reborn in the era of post-punk by icons like The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Joy Division and countless other groups.

Nocturnal Burlesque Festival will focus on honoring those roots, as well as celebrating how each of our performers carry these sounds and visions into the future. Our mission as a festival is to uplift the voices of queer performers and performers of color - to create a space where all are safe and united in celebrating the art and music we all love.

COVID-19 Update

A Message From The Producers

Greetings, fellow creatures of the night -

With heavy hearts and gravestones, we announce the postponement of the first Annual Nocturnal Tease Burlesque and Variety Festival to -

November 13 - PANOPTIKON

November 14 - VIVA’S LOUNGE

due to Dallas County regulations on events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep watch on this page, as we will post new developments, upcoming things to look for, and of course, the spookiest memes we find! We look forward to bringing this festival, as we have had an INCREDIBLE amount of interest in it. But for now, please stay healthy, stay safe, and we will be in contact soon.


The Production Team of Nocturnal Tease

Vivienne Vermuth

Chordella Smash

The Tasselled Squirrel

Lulu Spectre

Performer Info

As a performer, you will have the opportunity to showcase your talents at one of two incredible venues here in Dallas.

We will offer a stipend for our performers, full access to our schedule of classes on Saturday, as well as a walking ghost tour of Deep Ellum (a historic art neighborhood south of downtown Dallas) after a celebratory brunch (location TBD).

In addition to these perks, you will receive professional photos of your performances by Mark Kaplan, and video of your performances by Ben Britt.

Vendor Info

Do you make and sell cool and creepy stuff?

Be a vendor at The Nocturnal Burlesque Festival!

In keeping with our mission statement to uplift queer and POC goths, we are looking to connect with vendors and small businesses from all over and help grow their customer base.

Our venues have the perfect floor plan to get you the foot traffic you need.

Volunteer Info

Join Our Team of Professional Panty-Wranglers

We need your help to make sure we put on the best show possible!

Volunteers will get comped tickets to all festival events - both showcases, classes, and our Ghost Babe brunch and Haunted Tour of Deep Ellum.


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About Us

The Nocturnal Burlesque Festival Staff

Learn more about the people that make the Nocturnal Burlesque Festival a reality!

Vivienne Vermuth


Pronouns - She/Her

Vivienne is the executive Producer of the monthly Vixen Lounge Burlesque, the weekly Tuesday Tease at Sue Ellens, and the yearly Nearly Naked Nutcracker! As a solo artist, she has won Best Burlesque in Denton 2018, Denton Arts Magazine, Best Costume 2018 Oklahoma City Burlesque Fest, Pineapple Sparkle Award (to represent community, graciousness and warmth towards others) at 2018 Texas Queerlesque Festival. Vivienne is a lifetime member of the Robert Smith fan club, and is incredibly excited about bringing this fest to life.

Chordella Smash

Co-Producer and The Red Right Hand

Chordella Smash is a 6 year veteran of DFW Queerlesque. As a producer- Chordella’s core belief is that art should be accessible, inclusive, and representative as hell. Over the course of her time in burlesque she has led workshops on self acceptance and body positivity, produced shows, acted as a stage manager, costumer, photographer, and has shaken ass all over the state.

The Tasselled Squirrel

Co-Producer and Mischief Manager

A long time lover of the occult, gothic, and spooky aesthetic, Tasseled Squirrel has been in burlesque almost 10 years. Staring with her 1st production in Los Angeles, Dead Girl Burlesque, she has produced and performed in a variety of capacities over her career. She is honored to be helping produce the inaugural Nocturnal Tease Festival.