Born in Venice and inspired by the Venetian Carnivale, Disney cartoons and the choreography of Pina Bausch, Ennio Marchetto has created an artform that slickly combines impersonations and origami into a hugely entertaining show.
The fact that one man is capable of performing this with split-second (paper) costume changes and transformations, creating a vast array of over 50 hilarious celebrity characterizations, is amazing.
Together with his creative partner Sosthen Hennekam, a fashion and costume designer, Ennio has created a series of magnificent paper characters/costumes - each one a work of art!
Backed by an eclectic sountrack, Ennio almost magically transforms from one identifiable icon to the next, often with some visual social commentary and much humour, thrown in.
One moment you are with Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain, the next with Stevie Wonder. Eminen transforms into Gloria Gaynor singing I Will Survive.
The funniest moments are when he playfully pokes fun at icons such as Kylie, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga (who turns out to be a blow-up doll).
By the time Cher emerges from the bandages of a Mummy, you realise that transformations are to be expected at very turn (of the paper).
Celine Dion very cleverly and skillfully becomes the Titanic, with Kate and Leo bonus extras.
Ennio is a phenomenon and should be seen all over Australia (only Adelaide and Brisbane get to enjoy this tour).
The packed out Dunstan Playhouse included patrons of all ages who cheered loudly throughout the hour-long performance. That should say it all.
We saluted Ennio after his encore - he in turn thanked all his creations - littered across the stage.
2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival presents
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Dates/Times: 11 June @ 8.30pm, 12 June @ 3pm & 9pm, 13 June @ 8pm
Bookings: Bass 131 246