01/30/2009 at 03:00 PM EST
Dita Von Teese is ready to take it all off again – this time bringing art to burlesque in the temple of stripping, the Crazy Horse Saloon.
"I feel that Paris is a place that still appreciates its showgirls," Von Teese, 36, tells Reuters in anticipation of her two-week run in the City of Lights, scheduled to start Feb. 1.
This will mark the former ballet dancer's first engagement in two years at the celebrated club, which first opened in 1951 – 40 years before Von Teese got into the act.
In her previous show there, Von Teese – at the time, still going through her divorce
from shock rocker Marilyn Manson – made her entrance from a rhinestone-encrusted bubble bath.
This time, she will reportedly deliver specially designed numbers, including two songs she's recorded herself.
"I feel I have to raise the bar," says Von Teese, born Heather Sweet, in Rochester, Mich.
As for the celebrated venue, whose shows have inspired everyone from Madonna
to fashion's Jean-Paul Gaultier, Von Teese says, "I've always had a real fascination with the Crazy Horse ever since I was a teenager and I found a picture of this line of nearly nude toy soldiers standing at attention."
So, come time to raise that bar, "I wanted to do something more elaborate this time," she says. "Combine the Crazy Horse style with what I do, which is classic American burlesque." Viva la Dita!