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Review: Burlesque Idol – Canberra Theatre

Champagne, tassels and a whole lot of glitter: this was Burlesque Idol at the Canberra Theatre on Saturday, March 11.

Burlesque Idol saw six local Canberra performers take to the stage to fight for a place in the Australia-wide grand final.

Artemis Seven, Autumn Temptress, Eve La Reine, Lily Le Tigre, Possum Galore and Valerie D’Ville each performed for the audience, with Artemis Seven taking out the Canberra title.

The winner was decided by 70% audience vote, and 30% judges vote. The audience was given voting cards on arrival.

The audience voting cards / Libby Kimber
The audience voting cards / Libby Kimber

The performances ranged from ‘classical burlesque’, to more modern and interpretive performance dance pieces.

The dances were well performed, with great music and cheeky execution; with more than a little bit of skin shown to the audience.

Each performance was unique, with each of the ladies wearing fabulous costumes, bringing some of their unique personalities to the stage.

The audience was also treated to performances from the three judges; Deb Delicious, Sarina del Fuego and The Martini Whisperer, all Canberra locals.

The audience was enthusiastic and excited from the beginning. The attendees were dressed up, in furs and sequins, with a price for ‘best dressed audience member’ up for grabs.

The attendees all seemed to know each other, and it was clear that this was definitely an event attended by those ‘in the know’ about all things burlesque.

Another attendee said that that she was “so excited” to see what was in store for the audience this year.

One attendee, dressed in a 50’s swing dress with flowers in her hair, said that the performances on the night were “amazing”.

The production itself was, at times, difficult to follow. Occasionally, the host would go off on a tangent, or engage in a discussion with a member of the audience.

There also two long intermissions, which seemed unnecessary, considering the individual performances were only a few minutes long.

However, there were a variety of stalls and shops set up for the audience to browse during the intermissions. There were colourful sequinned outfits, artworks and tassels for sale, although, it was definitely not for everyone.

Swarovski tassels for sale at 'Burlesque Idol' / Libby Kimber
Swarovski tassels for sale at ‘Burlesque Idol’ / Libby Kimber

The co-producer and judge of the event, Sarina del Fuego, told HerCanberra that Burlesque Idol is a place for everyone.

“We’re strong believers in becoming more accessible and continue our welcome to all, no matter what gender one identifies with.”

This thinking was definitely evident when the performers were on stage, the crowd was overwhelmingly positive, with absolutely no negative remarks.

The judges also served up positive comments, and praised each dancer for their confidence and grace.

Overall, Burlesque Idol was a fun and cheeky evening; with a reminder to embrace yourself as you are, and, most importantly, not to take life too seriously.

The Burlesque Idol grand final will take place in Sydney on March 31, with the winner taking home a paid position in an International show in New York, Las Vegas or the UK.

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