DIVE IN TO DRACULA'S NEW STAGE SHOW BLOODBATH WITH OLESYA BORISOVA
After dancing her way around the world for 18 years, Olesya Borisova started thinking it was time to have a “normal life”.
The professional Russian ballroom dancer moved to London, hung up her dancing shoes and fell head over heels in love.
“I was a dancer since I was five – I was lucky to travel around the world for dance competitions and represent Russia,” Olesya says.
“But I had seen it all and when I eventually retired I felt I wanted to do something else. I thought I should have a normal life.”
It was Olesya’s new partner Simon, an acrobat and dancer himself, who convinced her to perform again.
“He introduced me to burlesque and aerial circus – I fell in love with the costumes and the glamour,” she says.
As Olesya prepares to take to the stage tonight as the newest star in Dracula’s latest vampire vaudeville show, she realises her life has taken a turn which is very far from “normal”.
“Dracula’s is definitely not like normal theatre,” Olesya, who stars as a singer, dancer, joker and aerialist in Bloodbath, says.
“It’s really unique and beautiful. And very interactive, which makes the whole Dracula’s experience unforgettable.
“I would never have thought I would be performing on stage in a show like this. It’s so different to what I used to do.”
With slick jazz and sizzling comedy, Bloodbath is the latest edgy, adults-only variety show to grace the stage at Dracula’s.
The vampire-themed cabaret features circus, illusions, quirky comedy and a cast of triple-threat stars who swap between singing, dancing and comedy – and often manage all three at once.
A zombie puppet lap dancer, the human syringe experiment, breathing marble statues and a skeleton that strips down to the bone are some of the new acts set to make a splash in Bloodbath.
“I love this particular show, it’s an amazing mix of comedy, dance and aerial circus,” Olesya says.
Dracula’s veterans Richard Macionis and Rudi Testa return to the stage for some bubbling antics and laugh-outloud gags.
Owned by Newman patriarch John and his children Paul, Marc and Haydie, the Dracula’s family have welcomed Olesya with a warm embrace.
“It’s such a lovely cast and everyone works so well as a team,” she says.
“Every member of the cast have their own set of skills that compliments each other.
“They are all so professional and are able to improvise so well with comedy. I hope to learn a lot from them.
“I feel very welcome and loved. It’s like a big family. It’s not often you get this in this industry. Quite often it’s very competitive.”
Olesya says it took her five years to hone her skills as an aerialist.
“I love it because it’s not like going to the gym – it’s much more interesting,’’ she says.
“It’s something you can do to keep yourself fit but it’s something that is graceful.
“I am really loving doing comedy. I hope during this season I learn a lot about singing as well.”
Bloodbath, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant, Broadbeach, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm
I FEEL VERY WELCOME AND LOVED. IT’S LIKE A BIG FAMILY. IT’S NOT OFTEN YOU GET THIS IN THIS INDUSTRY. OFTEN IT’S VERY COMPETITIVE.
Olesya Borisova in Dracula’s new show Bloodbath.