With the rejuvenation of cabaret burlesque spanning the artist world, it can now be difficult to generate the startling yet saucy impact that burlesque should have. Ideas can lose originality; costumes can become common and the music choice sometimes too predictable.
It is however, with my cheeky grin that’s still attempting to mould itself back to normal, I can announce that The Burlesque Hour….Sizzles has none of the above attributes.
Original, saucy, erotic and just simply hilarious is only beginning to describe the collaborative efforts of performance artist Moira Finucane and Patrick White Award Winner Jackie Smith and their indecent yet delightful claim of burlesque. And the contagious atmosphere of the Spiegeltent only adds to the elation this show creates.
Arranged so each performer has at least three individual pieces, this show captures the very essence of burlesque – risky and exhilarating. Complementing one another, the acts flow on easily, almost allowing you time to catch your breath from the last one.
Each girl adds a vast range of breath-taking talent to the stage. In Japanese wild girl Yumi Uminare’s case, she takes full advantage to capitalise on her own stereotypes. From her delightfully freakish ‘hello kitty’ impersonation to her Butoh influenced burlesque act, the ideas remain completely fresh and original – and each time bring down the house. The stunning Azaria Universe combines her strong circus skills and witty dramatics to create the hilarious ‘strong man’, as well as sending the audience into fits of laughter with the show stopper mimic of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart.’ And playful Maude Davey causes the shock of the night with her infamous strawberry act – the art of finding the small piece of fruit where one would least expect it to be!
The entire show however, is very nearly awarded to Claire Bartholomew with her character of Pierre – magician and love machine. While he stumbles through his non-existent magic acts and falters in his attempts to flatter the ladies, he is all the while winning every heart in the room with his playful round belly and consistent grin.
It is this utter commitment to the act that stands The Burlesque Hour out from the rest. These girls are smart, sassy and intelligent and while they provoke messages of gender roles and ideas of sexuality, they also produce an uproarious show that would even have your grandmother chuckling in her seat.
Do yourself a favour and make sure you don’t miss these girls again.
The Burlesque Hour
Venue: The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre | 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Dates: Tues 11 Dec – Fri 14 Dec 2007
Tickets: $38 full/$31 conc (gst incl)
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 136 166 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
More Info: www.moirafinucane.com