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image001Written and directed by Elena Kirschbaum and from the creators of the wildly successful touring production “Papillon”, Perth Fringe audiences are treated to the WA premiere of “Rouge”. 

Isabel Hertaeg (a highly-esteemed international opera singer and cabaret artist) brings a sense of class to this circus cabaret for grown-ups. Likewise, the astonishing acrobatics and tongue-in-cheek burlesque by Paul Westbrook, Andre Augustus, Annalise Moore, Chris Carlos and Jessie McGibbons remains dignified, yet sensual and decadent.

The highlights of the show are the beautifully choreographed piece on the Cyr Wheel, and the finale where a female acrobat performs some incredible stunts, and proves to be as physically strong as the male acrobats.

“Rouge” contains an eclectic array of entertainment that captures the spirit of circus cabaret. In this show the director brings the female performers to centre stage which gives the show a very strong sense of equality. My only criticism was the decision to have an empty stage between acts, which impeded the momentum of the show at times.

“Rouge” is showing in The West Australian Spiegeltent, Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, James St, Northbridge until 10 February. Tickets from $28.00-$42.00. Bookings: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/rouge-fw2019

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