BUB­BLE TROU­BLE

DIVE IN TO DRAC­ULA'S NEW STAGE SHOW BLOOD­BATH WITH OLESYA BORISOVA

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - ROSE SADLEIR

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.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Olesya Borisova in Drac­ula’s new show Blood­bath.

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