A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 31st 2016
An enchanting burlesque extravaganza
As a new initiate to burlesque and the art of seduction, I was not sure what to expect from The Birdcage; a menagerie of exotic dames, nominee of the 'Vinaceous Cabaret Award' at the Perth International Fringe Festival 2013 and voted 4 and 5 stars from industry judges.
Armed with an open mind, the evening rolled off to a great start with the grand entrance of host, Ginger LaMinge and her sharp wit, promising a night full of tantalising acts and cheekily guaranteeing that the audience will enjoy a 'moist' night. She even managed to cajole a few great sports to give us their take on expressive dance, entertaining the rest of us between acts.
The first act, Kelly Ann Doll from Sydney comes in with a strong stage presence, portraying an amazing athletic prowess as she shakes her body and glittering costume on-stage. I am struck by how much practise and stamina is required to be part of the burlesque world.
Ava Royale wowed us with her teasing talent with her umbrella and doll-like costume and I notice that each act by each artiste is so different in musicality, style and technique bringing their own refreshing individuality to the stage.
Bettie Bombshell from Melbourne is the winner of Miss Burlesque Victoria 2015 and she lived up to the title as she teased us with her sexy curves throughout her act. I like how burlesque celebrates different shapes and sizes, showcasing the beauty of all body types with different forms of expression.
The show does not discriminate between ladies and men, with two male acts – Trash Valentine and Charlie D.Barkle (Mr Boylesque Australia 2014) taking the stage, bringing humour and entertainment to the stage as they gyrate and move their hips to the captive audience.
For circus lovers, there is even an aerialist, Red Spider Lily from Melbourne captivating the audience with her skills with a hoop suspended in mid-air. I was amazed at how strong she was as she flipped through the air.
The last act, Essie Foxglove glides onto the stage gracefully with her long legs. Elegantly dressed in a beautiful historical costume, Essie captures the audience's attention immediately by portraying a foxhunt where she turns from predator to prey when her clothes teasingly come off to reveal a furry fox tail and ears.
The Empyrean Theatre (12 Lake Street Northbridge) was a suitable venue for this alluring form of art – cosy enough for a full view of all the glorious costumes, suggestive looks and cheeky bits. Make sure you head down to the Empyrean Theatre to book your seats to this show while it is playing for the Fringe Festival 2016 in Perth.
The Birdcage; a menagerie of exotic dames is brought to you by The Twisted vaudeville circus. You can buy tickets to the Birdcage: A Menagerie of Exotic Dames for the shows below starting at 8.30pm. Tickets cost $40. If you can't make the dates below, check out www.thebirdcageburlesque.com for other event dates. The Birdcage boasts two monthly reviews in both Fremantle and Perth as well.
a) Friday 5 February 2016
b) Saturday 6 February 2016
c) Friday 12 February 2016
d) Saturday 13 February 2016
e) Friday 19 February 2016
f) Saturday 20 February 2016
g) Sunday 21 February 2016