Friday, August 15, 2008

Burlesque Review

So I completed my first ever review this month for publication... I don't have alot of confidence in my writing, but I gave it a red-hot go and am quite happy with it.

The Burlesque hour...She's Back! at Forty Five Downstairs (Melbourne, Vic)

Originally Published on Arts Hub Australia on 11th August 2008

If your image of burlesque involves demure girls peeping provocatively from behind an oversized feathered fan, then you're in for a shock.

Moving away from the stereotypical image of perfectly formed females performing for their demanding audience, The Burlesque Hour at the pleasantly-suited 45 Downstairs invites you inside for a warm, adult-friendly variety hour.

There is always a risk of a show appearing exploitative when a woman is exposed (especially on the stage), but the girls truly own their sexuality, demanding nothing but your respect and attention.

Their confidence and comedy about the risqué puts you at ease, making even the truly bashful comfortable.

Although seeming a little too silly in its opening minutes (a simian striptease comes off as kitsch), you're soon presented with a diverse, exciting range of performers who suck you in to their amazing world.

The returning presence of edibles was a nice treat for those who appreciate decadent foods – you may even get to sample a strawberry or two!

Rushing the stage is Yumi Umiumare, an over-excited schoolgirl flipping underwear into the audience with wild abandon. She's a pocket rocket who punctuates the show with her high-energy performances.

With her Moscow circus pedigree, Azaria Universe does the show proud, bringing your attention to the female form. Constricted with elastic bands across her body, she demonstrates her ability to make the lumps and bumps into the most amazing and beautiful spectacle.

In a moth-like state raining paper butterflies onto close-enough audience members, you can’t help but appreciate the beauty of her routines.

Moira Finucane, the show's co-creator, performs with a wonderful edge – she is a physical artist who proves that milk is an amazingly effective medium. Leaving you laughing with the bizarreness of it all, Finucane’s snippets are loud, adventurous and fun.

Special guests The Town Bikes are seriously cute and make a fantastic addition to the team; I can’t recall seeing a catchier dance routine. Maude Davey is a little understated as a guest performer, but ensures you’ll long remember her with a strawberry surprise!

The Burlesque Hour was an outrageous, 90-minute blast, both a fantastic way to start your night out and a definite after-show conversation piece.

Moira Finucane and The burlesque hour

Burlesque Wiki Definition