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Burlesque Beats

By Jackie Raphael on 11 Feb 2018

Burlesque meets hip-hop sounds like a fun night out and it certainly was. The show bounces between stripping, dancing, singing and comedy. Surprisingly, the burlesque aspect was not the highlight.

The last burlesque dancer was the strongest out of the three – she was literally on fire!

The second dancer was impressive with her flexibility and had an interesting mythical story behind her performance. However, the first dancer relied too much on slapping her bottom and was less engaging. But all the women inspired confidence showing off their various shapes and sizes.

The main highlight of the show was MC Macshane, who has a great energy and is very funny, but most importantly performed a very impressive freestyle rap. He also ran a session of audience participation where they were asked to twerk, generating a lot of laughs from the audience.

The three female singers were great at performing some brilliant hits including Salt N’ Pepa’s “Whatta Man” and “My Guy” by Mary Wells.

Dazastah did a fantastic job with mixing the music and playing drums live, especially during the booty mash-up for one of the burlesque acts, which included “Big Booty” by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé, and “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

The costumes were glittery and well suited to the theme of the night, which was about showing off curves and having fun. It would have been good to have more of a connection between each element of the show, however the variety did make the time fly by.

Overall, the audience seemed to really enjoy clapping along throughout and finishing off the night with an invite to dance on stage with the performers.

It is definitely not your typical burlesque show, but nothing at FRINGE WORLD ever is what you expect.

Ending
11 Feb 2018
The Pleasure Garden
De Parel Spiegeltent
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Jackie Raphael

Jackie Raphael

Jackie has a PhD in creative advertising and teaches communication at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University. She has published a variety of books, critiques films for A-List Reviews and is now reviewing Fringe Festival shows. Other than talking and writing, she loves dancing, eating and travelling.

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