Storyville show wins burlesque award in Boston _lowres

Mistress Kali of 'Storyville Rising.'

A burlesque history of New Orleans’ legendary Storyville District has won a first-ever honor, the Brassy Award.

“Storyville Rising” was described as the “ultimate burlesque event of 2015,” at the Great Burlesque Exposition, an international conference that was held in Boston.

The show’s producer, Mistress Kali, took the honors for innovation and creative achievement in a burlesque event concept.

The interactive show recalls the Crescent City’s red light district, depicting social experiences and relationships of the era, using burlesque, sideshow, circus arts and song.

“Storyville Rising” was written in a collaboration between Kali; Armitage Shanks, the show’s artistic director; and Jesse Belle-Jones.

“The Brassy Award gives producers a chance to dream bigger and gives us permission to take more risks, which is truly remarkable,” Kali said.

“I feel like having the support that the Brassy Award offers will be a total game-changer for me as a producer, and for ‘Storyville Rising’ as a whole. I think what the Brassy Award is doing for the burlesque community is phenomenal — helping to foster burlesque shows that are innovative and take burlesque performance to the next level.”

The show will debut May 16 in New Orleans at Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.