An audacious fusion of elegant fetish, out there sexual slapstick and gender politics, In Flagrante – the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe makes its way to Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club for a limited season from 16 May 2017.
A band of protean, antipodean women bridled, saddled, and ready to pounce – they quickly set the stage for an evening of skin and sass. This isn’t your grandpa’s burlesque. In Flagrante’s hyper athletic cast turns the tradition on its head with a frontal assault on female sexual stereotypes.
In a series of highly sexualised and deeply satiric comedic pop art vignettes the cast act out prevailing fantasies and fetishes embedded in the popular imagination. And heads really turn when they flaunt their leather bridles, marching gear and traffic girl uniforms. The result is an exhilarating and provocative show of female empowerment and high impact dance theatre.
In Flagrante is the creation of Auckland-based contemporary dance choreographer, Mary-Jane O’Reilly who takes the burlesque genre in hugely original and slickly provocative directions. With a rich, borderless movement vocabulary to draw from O’Reilly weaves tango influences with touches of vaudeville, slapstick with cabaret, jazz dance with standup comedy.
Like all illicit substances, In Flagrante is best shared with friends who are looking for the perfect night out, that’s funny, provocative and damn right sexy.
“In Flagrante. In flames. Red handed. Sexy, sophisticated, knives-out choreography complemented by killer designs.” – Fringe Review
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: 16 – 21 May 2017
Information and Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Image: In Flagrante (supplied)