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Fantasies and Fetishes in Dance in this Provocative Show
In flagrante literally means 'in flames', but, (usually with the word 'delicto' appended), is often taken to mean 'caught in the act, caught red-handed'.
As the name suggests, you are not going to see a standard cabaret or burlesque show in In Flagrante, which is playing at The Butterfly Clubuntil Sunday 21st May. Billed as 'an audacious fusion of elegant fetish, out there sexual slapstick and gender politics', In Flagrante is a cleverly and tightly choreographed dance performance that skims across a range of fantasies and fetishes.
In Flagrante is a feast of fetishes and fantasies in dance. (Promotional image from The Butterfly Club website.)
With four of the full troupe of six Auckland-based dancers taking to the small stage, In Flagrante takes the audience on a wild ride - almost literally as it happens, as one of their acts involves the women being bridled - bit and all - and prancing around the stage, complete with ears and tail, in a manner rivalling the Lipizzaners of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. You can see a clip of their 'Horse Burlesque' act here:
Otherwise, expect to see naughty nurses, bondage gear (including muzzles), simulated auto-erotic asphyxiation, marching girls and can can dancers. It's a catalogue of fetishes played out in dance in this one-hour show.
But once one gets past the shock value of the fetish themes, is it a quality product? As an example of contemporary dance, I say unequivocally 'yes'. Reading the online bios of the dancers, they all have a wealth of dance experience. Their performance is strong, physical, sensual and compelling. At the risk of sounding cliched, the dance sequences are also a celebration of the female form, with its perfections and imperfections.
Expect naughty nurses, marching girls and more in this quirky show
It's not unusual with this type of performance to enjoy some acts more than others. Personally, I enjoyed the more free flowing dance style to some of the more robotic, military style acts. But all were well executed in their precision - a credit both to the dancers and the choreography of MaryJane O'Reilly. And - it's a case of whatever turns you on, I guess!
Overall it's definitely a show with a difference; if not unique, at least unusual and bold. Certainly, I've not seen its like before.
Can Can you afford to miss this show?
So if you're up for something a little quirky, a little erotic, and which doesn't take itself too seriously, don't miss this one!
In Flagrante plays at 8.30pm each night until 21st May at The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne. Tickets are $38 full, $34 concession.Click here to buy your tickets online. Tickets are also available at the door (if not sold out prior).
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