10/11/2011 - 12/11/2011
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE 9 DANCERS, 6 SINGERS, 8 CIRCUS PERFORMERS, A DRAG QUEEN AND SOME RUFFLED PANTIES?
A Show To Remember, Giving Some Unusual Local Talent A Chance To Shine In The Spot Light
A talented local group of performers with a set of unusual skills gets the opportunity to show Auckland what they’ve got, Singe Performance has produced Cabaret Askew – a show that combines all the elements of traditional cabaret in a celebration of creativity and risqué humor that has been attracting audiences for generations. Prepare yourself for an all singing, all dancing, tongue in cheek celebration of gorgeous bodies and the curious things we can do with them.
In a country the size of New Zealand its hard to make it in the performing arts full stop. And now imagine you’re a professional juggler- you could practice 8 hours a day, be one of the best in the country and have people flock to watch you every time you pick up your balls, but what is the next step? How do you get out there onto the world stage?
Well that’s why choreographer Kali-Zahira, recently returned to New Zealand from performing in Asia and the Middle East, has developed Singe Performance- a platform specifically developed to showcase the outstanding talents of some of New Zealand’s more diverse performers.
Singe Performance is an evolving network of performers with the aim of creating performance and networking opportunities for these talented niche performers. Their debut offering- Cabaret Askew -promises a night of Risqué humor and even more risqué dance moves. The performers combine devious wit and madcap moves in a review not to be missed.
“A feast of entertainment the Cabaret Askew review is a delicious experience”
Cabaret Askew breakthrough performance is running a limited season at
the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE,
Thurs Nov 10th 7:30pm , Fri Nov 11th 7:30pm , Sat Nov 12th 5:30pm, & 9:30pm
More information on the show and tickets are available at THE EDGE on www.buytickets.co.nz or call 0800BUYTICKETS
Singe Performance has a diverse range of performers for hire as well as a range of classes throughout Auckland. Check out www.singeperformance.com for more information on Singe or Kali-Zahira
Oh Mes Ananas (Canacan 8x dancers)
Miss Phloss (Guest 3x dancers: All that jazz, 2 ladies, circus
Lady Phoenix (Hula hoop)
Lady Alexa D’avoir (Burlesque –whistle a tune)
Anita Wigl’it (Solo, presenter)
Sam (Circus whip)
Vanya (+ 2 ladies, Money, lyra)
Henry (+ Sucker, Gentlemen arnt nice)
Prema (Cellblock, Gentlemen aren’t nice with Walter)
Charlie (Cellblock, Take me, Assistant stage manager)
Annie (Cellblock, Jazz with guitarist)
Flik (Cellblock, Take me, Lighting adviser)
Anna (Cellblock, All that jazz, Sucker, money
Beth (Cellblock, Putting on the ritz)
Sophie (Cellblock, 2 ladies, I’m a good girl, Putting on the ritz
Lisa (Cellblock, circus)
Kali (Cellblock, 2 ladies, Putting on the ritz, Fire solo, Money, Take me)
Astra (Cellblock, Money, 2 ladies, I’m a good girl, Perhaps
Dee (Cellblock, Putting on the ritz, All that jazz, Take me
Tarsh (All that jazz, Money
Harry (Fire helper, Stage hand)
Tom (Stage manager)
Robot (Follow spot + tech)
Sparks of hope and talent
Review by Candice Lewis 11th Nov 2011
I’ve seen some really fun, entertaining and extremely talented cabaret style performers in Auckland before, so the bar was set. Sadly, this show is falling short, but they’re giving it a good try.
Most of the dance routines were under-rehearsed on opening night, and some of the performers were nervous and lacked any real sexual confidence; unfortunate when you consider that this is often the main thrust of the show.
The obvious exceptions include flirty and confident performances by the saucy Miss Phloss, Lady Phoenix , the fire dancer and the dancer who plays the devil. The devil dancer oozes talent and simmering sensuality every time she graces the stage.
Stripped back, the show would have a much stronger impact; it needs to be tightened up and polished. That applies to the choreography and sound; the microphone isn’t working properly, the music is louder than their voices, and some dancers look like they’re unsure of the next move.
On the up side is the fantastic acrobatic jesting of the male actors. More please! The numerous dance routines and amateur singing of the women is tiresome after the first hour, no matter how good they look in stockings.
The ‘ritz’ dance routine made me think of an Open Brethren youth group; enthusiastic and wholesome, whereas the fire dance towards the end of the show is well choreographed, sensual and wisely used the very sexy track ‘don’t play with me’ by Cobre Verde.
Room to improve – certainly. Sparks of hope and talent – definitely.
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