Torch with a Twist Keeps 1930s Aesthetics Alive

“The vaudevillian cabaret features a lot of variety.”

Photo Courtesy of the Artist


While burlesque dancing, fire breathing, and 1930’s aesthetics are generally a thing of the past, Detroit still boasts a strong community of performers that blend dark carnival charm with vaudeville circus acts. One of the cornerstones of this community is Torch with a Twist.

On Saturday, September 23rd, Torch with a Twist will celebrate its 11th anniversary at the Tangent Gallery in the New Center neighborhood.  

Grace Detroit, one of the creators of Torch with a Twist, previews the upcoming celebration. 

“The vaudevillian cabaret features a lot of variety,” says Detroit. “A lot of fire and a lot of dangerous objects all accompanied by a traditional standard jazz band.” 

Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.