Thursday 26 May 2016
Dance and burlesque have long been a part of the cabaret world. Burlesque was a large part of both the American and European scenes in different ways. In Europe artists would satirise popular art of the day with song, dance, mime, circus and freak acts. In America burlesque acts would play the vaudeville halls in between comedy and circus acts and would go on to become modern day striptease. In the past 15 years these long forgotten and oft belittled art forms have come back and been reinvented by some of the most innovative and exciting artists. This year we celebrate both DANCE and BURLESQUE. We have one purely dance show, burlesque and variety acts like Amy G (I’ll talk about her in the COMEDY post) and Miss Behave’s Gameshow and The Birds (in the ANARCHY post). In this post I’m going to look at the beautiful dance show In the Balance, and the burlesque show from Dita Von Teese.
This show is a collaboration between Adelaide-based Restless Dance Theatre (a company that works with performers both with and without disabilities) and the wonderful music of The Audreys. Under the artistic directorship of Michelle Ryan this piece has been performed to critical acclaim with the recorded music, but this is a very unique chance to see this show with the The Audreys playing live. This one will melt even the hardest heart and make even the most unwilling dancer get up on their feet!
DITA VON TEESE - Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray!
13 & 23 June
Dita is a performer that needs no introduction to most. For nearly two decades she has been at the forefront of a neo burlesque scene around the world. No one comes close to her level of pristine costuming, her attention to detail, and her absolute commitment to her art. She is bringing with her some of the finest burlesque dancers in the world – all of whom I am not only aware of, but in awe of their exquisite routines. Also along for the ride is Murray Hill, who many of you may remember as the incomparable host from Club Swizzle.
Next up THEATRE...
Originally published on 10 May 2016 at www.alimcgregor.com