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Glitta shines in all her glory in this wacky, one hour show
Magnificent. That is the way I'd describe Glitta Supernova, the performer currently bringing her one-woman show Bodymap to Melbourne audiences. It is not a title I hand out lightly; I think the only other person to have earned this honoured title from me is the amazing burlesque artist Moira Finucane. These are women who wear their nudity with pride, taking to the stage sans clothes in a completely unselfconscious way, to the extent that it appears unnatural when they put clothes on.
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Think of a show that is one part 'Moira', one part Japanese anime, and one part wonderful, original, inspiring Glitta Supernova, and that is Bodymap. Glitta is a larger than life, inspiring, mesmerising individual, and it's hard to take your eyes off her.
She's seen life. It's clear from her body. This is no 25-year-old star on the rise. This is a woman who has a history in striptease, but instead of her acts culminating in nudity, she starts in a naked state and puts clothes and props on here and there.
I'm almost so spellbound by Glitta that I'm not concentrating on what she says. But broadly, she addresses themes of personal and social acceptance. We're none of us perfect, and society keeps reminding us of it. But also, we're beautiful, and that should be a stronger message.
Along the way, Glitta enlists the aid of three audience members. The first takes on almost a counsellor role, plus has the important role of holding up a sign to indicate Glitta is reenacting a scene. The second volunteer may have regretted her willingness to participate, becoming Glitta's makeup model. Glitta coaches her on how to ready herself to be seen in public. 'First, we need to apply lipstick.' A LOT of lipstick, apparently.
Glitta gives a lucky audience member a makeup lesson
The third audience volunteer supports Glitta in recounting what has clearly been a most difficult, and pivotal, time in her life - confronting a major medical issue. We hear the dire diagnosis and prognosis Glitta was given - enough to make many people give up the fight. But not Glitta! It seems to have been a catalyst for her to grasp her life with both hands and bring her important messages to the stage.
The climax of the show is a bizarre but beautifully executed dance with death.
Needless to say, this show contains nudity and adult themes, and will appeal to broadminded, inclusive individuals. If you can approach it in this way, it is truly one of the most original, thought-provoking, amazing shows I've seen.
Come and see Bodymap - if you dare!
Bodymap plays at The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne at 8.30pm each night until Sunday 11th March.
Tickets are $32 full, $28 concession. Click here to buy tickets online, call the box office on (03) 966 38107, or buy tickets from the box office on the night (subject to availability).
The images in this article were taken by the writer.