Review: Crazy Horse Paris Melbourne 2017

 

 

Forever Crazy – Crazy Horse Paris has bought its salacious and genius collaborative production to Australia. The titillating Parisian show is celebrating 65 years of seduction, glamour and eroticism and as an avid lover of the artful undress, I didn’t bare to miss out!

Forever Crazy is the female nude show that even your grandmother will go to, and she’ll take your grandpa too! Of course, she might have mistaken it for something more traditional with feathers and a chorus line, like Moulin Rouge maybe. An awkward but amusing observation I heard from punters sitting around the tables beside me at the Melbourne Crown Theatre at the intermission on August 19. I wondered whether insecure women might be shuffling to cover the eyes of their men in a horrified realisation that they have spent over $200 to inadvertently give their husbands a boner. It’s ok love, that’s why you got the seats with the champagne included!

Crazy Horse Paris first opened its doors in 1951 with Alain Bernardin bringing a diverse new cabaret of nude female dancers and spectacular opulence to the stage. The shows use well-depicted symbology of the female form, our innate sense of desire and the influences of modern art as well as cultural changes to create heart palpating, immortalising shows. Lip licking patrons have been immersing themselves for over six decades in something that some might deem, “just” a bunch of identical looking partially nude females dancing with lights being played across their bodies.

I guess, but only if you are that kind of obtuse show goer. These shows defy the notion that a woman’s body is shameful, taking eroticism and sensuality out of coin booths and showcasing a splendorous ancient art form in a way that makes patrons dig deep to see naked women dancing.

A new management team was established in 2006 with female Andree` Deissenberg becoming General Manager of Creation & Development and with her a whole revival in Cabaret and Crazy Horse. Deissenberg bought world-renowned guest stars and artists like Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Arielle Domasle and Conchita Wurst to collaborate and perform making Crazy Horse a show that captured audiences wide and far.

The girls of Crazy Horse Paris dance with gorgeous perky smiles that are alluring and free. Indeed, they make being naked on stage look like the most natural thing to be doing and yet we must know it’s not as simple as that. Dazzling costumes designed by Roselyn Diouy, adorned by the dancers, accentuate their flesh and beauty as they skilfully move as glamorous, grinding stage goddesses. Their iconic red-soled Louboutin heels, step, sway, wiggle and saunter as legs hypnotise and tease the audience. It’s exciting and delicious to watch. Forever Crazy is a wonderful montage of sexy vignettes with exquisite details and precision down to the exact shade of red lips as audience feast eyes upon what we all commonly understand as the rules for seduction.

Choreographer, Philippe Decoufle` creates Crazy Horse routines, which tell the stories of our deepest fantasies as well as offer commentary on world events, like the Crash of 2008. This striptease number is fiercely cliche` but sophisticated and really fucking clever.

The show is insightful to many issues that regard this show most definitely as much for women as it is for men. The iconic set “Baby Buns” is a sweet and catchy tune by Jacques Morali, featuring a polka dot lights splayed across dancing bare bums. The gorgeous women of Crazy Horse Strut in perfection. I wondered how many women in the room could relate to its reference that women understand the stresses of being cat-called or even worse groped in public without consent.

The trademark opening show for Crazy Horse since 1989 – God Save Our Bare Skin – is an ode to English Military with the girls svelte curves barely covered in clever uniforms wearing tall bearskin hats and black boots. The dancers march together with their breasts thrust up and forward with unapologetic pride. It was a soul connection for me at that point as it felt like a big “FUCK YOU” to the man! Any man, men, women, and humans that shame the female form and play into the double standards of censorship, specifically the monstrosity that is the rage about the uncovered female nipple.

Forever Crazy, Crazy Horse Paris is the ultimate celebration of femininity, creativity, humour and sophisticated elegance, inspiring women to embrace their power, charisma, and beauty. To be Forever Crazy. To be themselves.

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I did the thing… #NaNoWriMo2016

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I wasn’t too worried that I wasn’t going to finish. I smashed out 43,000 words in the first 14 days before starting my new job, and that’s when I found it difficult to come home and immerse myself in my writing. So I did was I usually do, I left it until the last minute and then had a wave of motivation charge through me and  yesterday completed the word target! Huzzah!

Of course, I haven’t finished the story, I have a good 5-10 thousand words left before I see the journey being completed. And then, of course, there will be the editing and rehashing.

I think my biggest take away from attempting and completing NaNoWriMo is that I can. It’s possible to do and at least this time round it wasn’t hard. It’s like the tiny sponge of procrastination that lives in my brain got a serious case of dehydration this month!

I’d originally started out with an outline and did use a spreadsheet to help me find a way of keeping on track with word counts, and tracking the “flow” of my writing. That was a new thing for me because usually I just freeball it. (Like my life) The more I got to know my characters, the easier it was to shift gears, change scenes, and write for them.

I learned a lot about what I can do, what I can handle and what my life can handle in my pursuit of doing things I love. I’m really excited to have this new information about myself and to be able to pursue continuing writing with my new knowledge.

I’m very excited to get my book finished and be able to know I completed that too!

 

Crush: Jessica Todd Harper

Art Crush: Jessica Todd Harper

Artist Website: http://www.jessicatoddharper.com

When I First Fell Inlove: 

I stumbled across Jessica Harpers website a few months ago when I was researching portrait photography styles and I was immediately captivated by her photographs.

About Their Work:

What I Love About Their Work:

As someone who loves taking photographs of my kids and family, I’m enthralled with the composition and intimacy of her portraits. Her photographs are taken with care and thought put into the details to give the viewer deeper meaning that is subjective. People can relate to her pictures coming from their experiences with their own families.

We often create nostalgic memories of our childhood or moments in time and in Harpers work it seems me that nostalgia is perfectly ingrained; You can’t really tell if you’re looking at something present day, past or of something to come.

The intimacy I love in her work, comes from the honesty that is transported with the moments captured, some of which highlight matters which we might not want other people to see or know about our own families. Being able to relate to difficult family life and/or relationships is something I believe that we all appreciate but hold shame for at the same time. This is what probably drew me to her work the most.

My Favourite of Their Works:

Interior Exposure 2008
Self Portrait with Marshall 2008

Art Crush: Mark Ryden

Painting by Mark Ryden
Mark Ryden: The Magic Circus

Art Crush: Mark Ryden

Artist Website: http://www.markryden.com

When I First Fell Inlove: 2001 when I discovered his work on the album cover of  “Clear Hearts Grey Flowers” by Jack Off Jill. 

About Their Work:  Mark Ryden’s work is usually described as “Pop Surrealism” and incorporates imagery of his own wonderlands and universes with figures of innocence, animals, toys, intestines, meat and other odd bits of pieces.

What I Love About His Work:  When I first started loving Mark Ryden’s work I was 16 years old and beginning to embrace all the obscure things I came across. His works gave me a lot of inspiration about what art could be, compared to the traditional ideals that I’d been told to accept. I love the way these wonderland paintings are so delicate, macabre and finely painted to perfection.

My Favourite of His Works:

Inside Sue 

The Magic Circus 

Rosie’s Tea Party