Burlesque is becoming an increasingly popular art-form, as exhibited by the full house who attended opening night of ‘Burlesque Assassin’. The flyers littering the tables suggested that we were in for a show which would utilise facets of burlesque to tell the story of a woman who, after being cheated on by her lover, exacts revenge for this betrayal. What followed could be described as meeting this description loosely at best.
The show opened with a three piece band, The Knife Waltz, taking to the stage and striking up a grungy number, setting the harsh tone for the evening; this was not going to be a classy celebration of the feminine form. Our heroine “The Assassin” (Nikki Nouveau) turned out to be the lead singer of this band and, after some rudimentary cracks of a whip, she took to the microphone with her gravelly voice. While the music was not bad, for much of the night, the lyrics of the songs were hard to discern and this might have added to the incoherence of the piece.
Enter the “Other Woman”, a sexily clad ballerina, whose entire role in the show seemed to be to dance competently around the stage while The Assassin underwent costume changes; though her fan dance was quite charming. In some of these dances she was joined by “The Deceitful Lover”, who would be the object of The Assassin’s rage. Each time The Assassin came on stage, she performed a different sort of segment; the most skillful and impressive of which was her routine using a hoop suspended from the ceiling.
The highlight of the show for me and, based on the levels of applause, most of the audience, was undoubtedly the live band. While this was an interesting, darker take on burlesque, it didn’t really meet the standard one might hope for - both in terms of sensuality and apparatus prowess.
Kryztoff Rating: 2.5K
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