Two years after the original Blanc de Blanc debuted at The Studio at Sydney Opera House, the delightfully decadent circus cabaret returns with Blanc de Blanc Encore.
The Strut & Fret team have staged several productions in The Studio, which really is a gem of Sydney’s theatre spaces. It takes a talented production team to make effective use of this intimate space, which choreographer Kevin Maher and set and lighting design by Philip Gladwell, certainly do.
One welcome change in this production is that seats are now allocated, which eliminates the pre-show rush to get the best seat.
Continuing on the 1920s French homage to champagne theme, Blanc de Blanc Encore is an opulent hedonistic mix of debauched dance, sensuous song, contortion cabaret, acrobatic burlesque and cheeky circus.
Hosts for the evening are Strut & Fret veterans Remi Martin Lenz (Limbo Unhinged) and Spencer Novich (Blanc de Blanc). They are joined by absolutely stellar and sensational international artists including aerial artist Reed Kelly (Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour), aerial hoop duo Caitlin Tomson-Moylan & Spencer Craig (Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour) and Australian dancer Laura New (Blanc de Blanc).
My personal favourites were contortionist Uugantuya ‘Ugi’ Otgonbayar (The Greatest Showman), who can arrange her body in shapes that are super-human, and Ashley Stroud (Postmodern Jukebox) whose voice will give you goosebumps on your raised arm hairs.
This is an intimate show and audience participation is encouraged and, at times, completely mandatory. The audience becomes part of the show, on and off stage, just as the show takes place on and off the stage (so be careful where you book your seats).
The content is adults only but not rude, just naughty, a bit risque, but overall an exceptionally enjoyable encore.
(Photos: Jacquie Manning and Daniel Boud)
BLANC DE BLANC ENCORE – EVENT DETAILS
Dates: Playing now until Saturday 9 March 2019
Venue:: Studio, Sydney Opera House
Prices: From $69 + booking fee
Tickets on sale now, purchase here