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Gallery Burlesque's Good Ol' Days

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Seductive, experimental and playful
The neo-burlesque show Good Ol' Days by Gallery Burlesque brought an experimental and artistic vibe to The Spice Cellar on Tuesday night. Accompanied by Instramental, a duo on guitar and electronic drums, and presented by founder Onur Karaozbek, the evening proved to be fun and playful.

Onur's speaking voice is velvety and melodious, matching the rhythm of Instramental. Mumbling about omnipresence, soy beans and his awesome eyelashes, Onur pulls the audience in with profound gems like, 'learn from your mistakes; never stop making mistakes' and declarations that he'd love to be reincarnated as a golf ball.

Gallery Burlesque dates back to 2008, but on this particular evening we're treated to six performances by five different burlesque starlets. First up is Mama La Roux, who puts on a raw and saucy act, ending with the letter F on one breast and U on the other. Burlesque veteran Sheena Miss Demeanour impresses with a purple fan dance, flaunting her amazing body and showcasing her experience and technique in a classic burlesque style.

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Bella Louche

Bella Louche is a younger performer who offers us a more post-modern style of burlesque. I find she has a noticeably solid dance background. She shimmies and shakes confidently around the room.

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Lulu (photo by Onur Karaozbek)

The next act is a a feisty performance by Lulu. Rocking a red mane, black and white tassles and fishnet stockings, she manoeuvres around a chair expertly.

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Danica Lee (photo by Onur Karaozbek)

Danica Lee, who I had seen before in The Ruby Revue a couple of years ago, drastically improved her confidence and wonderful use of facial expressions. Donning short curled hair, a corseted outfit and sparkly heels that I couldn't take my eyes off of, Danica Lee seductively danced and taunted the audience.

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Sheen Miss Demeanour (photo by Onur Karaozbek)

The evening culminated in a superb act by Sheena Miss Demeanour in a bowl of soapy water. It's clear that Sheena is the cream of the crop in the Sydney burlesque scene.

Don't miss out on the next Gallery Burlesque show Doppelganger Dames at The Standard on 8 December, featuring Sheena Miss Demeanour, Imogen Kelly and Danica Lee amongst others.

Get your tickets here.

Check out videos Gallery Burlesque here.

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The magnificent Sheena Miss Demeanour (photo by Onur Karaozbek)
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*Sarah Han was invited as a guest
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Why? Experimental neo burlesque
When: Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Where: The Spice Cellar
Cost: $25
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