[First Filed Feb 2, 2010]
Working at the Street there are a lot of exciting things going on but this one is SUPER DUPER exciting: the return of Finucane & Smith‘s The Burlesque Hour with a new show, appropriately (though perhaps not very inventingly) titled SHE’S BACK!
It’s a new show with some old favourite acts (like Dairy Queen, which involves A LOT OF MILK – first few rows will get wet) and new guest artistes (Jess Love, for instance, who is the Guinness World Record Holder for hula hooping. I can’t wait to see her in action!).
The artists are so, so interesting – Yumi Umiumare, for instance, is a butoh dancer and trained as a ballerina before working as a burlesque artist in Tokyo. Azaria Universe is a circus performer. Moira Finucane, the co-creator of the Burlesque Hour, is a mistress of Grand Guignol (a style of theatre characterised by grotesquerie and the macabre. ooh!). This ain’t undressing in a martini glass. This is ART, people.
Yes, yes, I am a publicist. But I’m also an arts writer and theatre maker, and talking to Moira Finucane about the show, I think I can safely put my money where my mouth is – it’s going to be flipping amazing.
(Last picture by Jodie Hutchison)