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Adelaide Fringe 2015 – Blues and Burlesque: Hotter Than Hell Review


Happy Hour was just to get you warmed up. Socially lubricated.


Now it was time for me to get Hotter Than Hell with Blues & Burlesque, once again within the rarefied atmosphere of La Boheme. I make the interesting observation, one I made a couple of years back at an Adelaide Fringe burlesque act, that not counting the hens party, the majority of the audience are well into their elder years. Maybe an Over 50 Shades of Grey aphrodisiac outing? The retirement home may well be rocking tonight when the lights go out– maybe something Vicious Delicious and Scarlett Belle are used to being the protagonists for….maybe something they didn’t want to think about….<gallic shrug>


Speaking of Vicious Delicious, she bursts onto the stage like a crashing chandelier to the thumping piano of Peter Saunders– sparkling, glorious to behold, and maybe shocking the unprepared with her ‘Bitch Song’, amongst a collection of ascerbic biting one liners and teasing heckles to the unsuspecting.


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Joined by Scarlett they make us “Feel That Crazy Beat” with a lively display of tightly coordinated show girl jazz, a very polished and professional performance which is by no means ‘by the numbers’. It takes no small amount of skill to allow two very different personalities project loudly in performance, and yet maintain a level of integration & balance in delivery.


Inevitably there are the burlesque virgins who have not partaken in the pleasure of cabaret striptease before, and Scarlett has a special sultry song to bring them along for the ride. Smouldering on stage, with equal parts tease and reveal she instructed them to manage their expectations and anticipa…..tion. Mercy.


The audience gets good measure from Viscious Delicious once more – an almost Theatre Sport number where audience member Luke had to keep his composure and his clothes, while Ms Delicious gradually shed hers. She may claim on stage to be past doing burlesque but she sizzles when it counts. Also a must mention from me is “You’ve Changed”, her enchantingly sung lament to love lost to time, combined with loss of hip flexibility as she wrestled with the top of an upright piano to serenade us on.


Hotter Than Hell is funny, sexy and entertaining, this production having a strong Broadway show vibe vocally, visually and aurally under the musical direction of maestro Peter Saunders. It is playing throughout the rest of the Adelaide Fringe, so there is bound to be a night that suits you.


Grab ya’ grandparents and take them along!

Posted by Jonathan on Feb 26th 2015 | Filed in Burlesque,Cabaret,Culture,People,Reviews | Comments (0)

Adelaide Fringe 2015 – ‘The Gin Sisters’ Review


It is always a pleasure to attend Burlesque Court of Adelaide’s Royal “We”, Sapphire Snow and Luna Eclipse, and the 40C weather leaning itself to a icey G&T – The Gin Sisters was an aptly titled performance.


Those of you, like myself, who have followed the evolution of their performances over the last half-a-dozen years will no doubt be familiar with the strong but silent physical comedy & chemistry the two bounce between themselves – but tonight marked a departure from previous routines. Comedic dialogue!


It may seem a strange thing to highlight, but the fact that for years the two have successfully projected a unique brand of comedy burlesque that is almost a little like silent movie slapstick on stage – this is a wonderful development to discover more of their personalities.


The show plays beautifully on passive aggressiveness, and competitiveness, but in a way much like sisters would engage in. Jealousy & psychodrama intertwine cleverly into burlesque standards such as Sapphires sabotaged Fan Dance, and spill over in Luna’s “Cuban Pete” routine where the battle for dominance manifests in who leads the Tango. There is a battle of the wills and wobbly’s over whether Luna’s posterior tassel twirls outdo Sapphire’s self-described “Little Bags of Squishy Love” in orbital overdrive. But the apparent bitterness is counterbalanced with moments of familial tenderness (or is that pity?) by Sapphire, as she dotes on Luna over her battle with good follicular hygiene mid-bump & grind.


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But sometimes a personal dispute can only be settled honourably by a duel – on the dance floor no less – and while krumping has yet to make the full transition to burlesque, the deadly aim of a Charleston can inflict just as much damage – and both ladies are no wallflowers in this art form.


I’m not going to project any pondering psychological sub-text to the performance, but when you are at the top of your game as a duo, to play on perceptions of rivalry is a very clever way to bring in the discourse and spoken word elements and play off a natural dynamic. It also means for long term fans, just when you think you know what they are about, you get to learn just a little bit more about them as individuals, and as an artistic team.


Unfortunately the Gin Sisters was a limited run performance, however this should entice you to discover their other artistic offering this Fringe in Big Band Burlesque with a host of guests, or else you can get some instruction from the ladies themselves in the Burlesque for Beginners Workshops being run throughout March.

Posted by Jonathan on Feb 22nd 2015 | Filed in Art,Burlesque,Cabaret,Culture,People,Reviews | Comments (0)

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