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Fafi D'Alour & The Delinquents - Adelaide Fringe 2021 Review

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by Natalie Ermer (subscribe)
I love connecting with community, following years of travel to far away places. I believe in sustainability. Intuitive dance, and mind/body practices keep me blissfully healthy. Hoping to share unique people's stories with you.
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Fafi & her wickedly fun Delinquents delight at Nexus
Be mesmerised as a mix of soulful sound, & playfully inviting dance acts transports you to an intimate space where feathers fly, champagne flows, and your imagination soars.

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spectacular mix of dance styles image:Soda Street Productions


Fafi D'Alour and her wickedly talented Delinquents delivered at Nexus Arts Ctr, and are set to bring more of their blend of dance genres, generously topped with a healthy dose of burlesque from March 10th-20th.

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fafi opens the show image:Soda Street Productions


Fafi herself opens the show with movement and a connection to music that holds you transfixed, from an undulating wrist to her artful silhouetted profile. The way her hips sway, and the slide of a foot is truly divine. We caught our breath every time she came onto the subtly lit stage.

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an artistic expression of femininity image:Soda Street Productions


The intimacy of Nexus Arts Centre suites well with a solid sound system, bar set up, mood lighting and close proximity to the action. People! You need to see this.

Unlike many of the equally notable fun shows playing at Fringe 2021, where comedy is blended with acrobatics, shock factor, and play on Burlesque, Fafi D'Alour and the Delinquents draw you into their delicious world of pure dance. The dance itself takes centre stage every time. The dance changes, and each character has her distinct gifts to share. Fafi guides you into a sensory trip through the mystery and power of raw femininity.

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fresh sparkly feathery duo image:Soda Street Productions


Following is sass and fun of a spritely duo playfully exploring edges and contours of movement and the female form accessorised with feather fans.

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skyward hoop performance image:Soda Street Productions


Through the night a single figure spirals under her hoop, becoming airborne with hair flowing as she effortlessly performs her athletic yet graceful sky dance.

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leather clad temptress image:Soda Street Productions


Our leather clad, delicate featured temptress friend leaves a lasting image of her form laying along the stage, back arched, chin tilted back simultaneously vulnerable and bold.

Their equally brazen vocalist goes from whispering delicate jazzy notes to belting bluesy songs and blends into the stage experience with comic interaction.

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speechless image:Soda Street Productions


Parts are a little naughty while remaining tasteful and flirty. Fafi and the Delinquents invite you to explore your own boundaries with many a singular raised brow. Deliciously audacious, Fafi D'Alour and the Delinquents remind us about fun and freedom.

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Fafi leads her dancers image:Soda Street Productions


A surprising element included the youthful classically trained dancers. I would normally have imagined burlesque to be brash, experienced, always voluptuous females. Yet the duo who I call 'the two sisters' have dance technique demonstrating great flexibility and agility. Their younger na´ve style balances Fafi who may be seen as their mentor of the womanly arts - and equally flexible I might add! What is also surprising is how relaxing the atmosphere is. We felt both involved and cosily placed as observers and admirers of this work.

If you wonder whether a show like this may intimidate the performance skill mixed with cheekiness and sense of familiarity makes us feel like friends. We're transported by soulful songs, many with pulsating bass riffs and growling vocals like Nina Simone's Do I Move You. We immerse ourselves in a world of forgotten art and ritual as if in a seedy Parisian backstreet bar.

Through music and movement Fafi D'Alour and the Delinquents show us how femininity shows up unapologetically in her many wonderful forms.

Nexus at Lion Arts Ctr image:Wikipedia by Clinkey70
Nexus at Lion Arts Ctr image:Wikipedia by Clinkey70


This truly is a wonderful experience of a show. We did not know what to expect. I've spoken with many people wanting to go to the Fringe but every year don't know what to see. This is traditional Fringe, different, colourful with a great music backing. It will be something you don't normally go out to see. It will delight leaving you with lingering smile. I left wanting to contact these bold and empowered women saying, "Teach Me!" Hubby was pretty impressed too. Not for children, but for the faint of heart? Why not.

Majority of photos courtesy of Soda Street Productions.
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*Natalie Ermer was invited as a guest
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When: March 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
Phone: 1300 621 255
Where: Nexus Arts Adelaide, Corner North Terrace & Morphett St. Adelaide 5000
Cost: $27-$35
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