My first encounter with Flavella L'Amour, Serpent Dancer, when I entered her Auchendarroch House lair was an unusually warm exchange of information about our respective animals. Flavella spoke fondly of her two pythons Venus, a Bredli Python and Golden Rubies, a Murray Darling Albino Python and their sumptuous housing in her home. I spoke about my two companion dogs, Duke, my rescue Jack Russel – Staffordshire cross and Pax, my 12 month Shar Pei. There was no question about it – our animals are cherished family.
For me this set the tone for the evening with Flavella creating an intimate atmosphere, drawing her audience in with her graceful, tantalising burlesque in three separate acts. Flavella's dancing is sinuous, evocative and the beading on her opulent costumes enhances her percussive muscle movements adding to the sensuality of her choreography.
Flavella comes with a strong pedigree of awards and study. She was crowned Miss Burlesque South Australia and Miss Fantastic Australia 2010 and was a finalist competing in the 2021 World Burlesque Games. She studied dance at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide and The Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore. Her dancing is both agile, lithe, strong but feminine creating a mesmerising rapport with her audience. Flavella's first act was vintage burlesque with ostrich feather fans, evoking the classic burlesque tease of conceal and reveal all at once. I had to admire Flavella's athleticism; she accomplished the splits in high heels. Her second act, complete with a gorgeous, pink belly dancing outfit was a dance of the seven veils style presentation with a tasteful strip.
However, we were all waiting for the finale when Venus and Golden Rubies entered the fray. When they appeared, Flavella, in a Nefertiti style costume, treated them with care, tenderness and their undulations over her body articulated her choreography. Snakes and woman moved harmoniously and fluidly in a rapturous dance. The audience was also treated to photo opportunities with the star snakes.
The spiritual aspect of Serpent Dancing as an ancient art depicting the snake's transformative power, the cycle of life, shedding skin, sensuality and transmutation is mentioned on Flavella's website but not spoken of at this show.
Flavella L'Amour is also business-minded offering performances for conferences, weddings and corporate functions. She has just finished a season at the Adelaide Fringe but can be contacted through her website: serpentdancer.com.au/flavella/about
A music soundtrack and introductions are provided by her MC, Lion Tamer. If there was one piece of feedback I would provide it is that the music was slightly distorted at times. The audience were devoted fans who are regulars and came dressed up in their glamorous gear all competing for door prizes. You can also order from a small but delicious menu which caters for carnivores and vegans alike.
Flavella L'Amour and pythons Venus and Golden Rubies, Serpent Dancer at Auchendarroch House, 19.03.22.