Wanneroo Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

IT is im­por­tant to get one thing clear from the start when dis­cussing the Crazy Horse Paris tour­ing show For­ever Crazy – this is cabaret of the high­est cal­i­bre with no smut in sight.

Billed as pre­sent­ing 65 years of naked cou­ture, the Parisian pro­duc­tion cel­e­brates Alain Bernardin’s vi­sion which came to fruition when he opened his Crazy Horse Paris cabaret venue in 1951 and has since be­come a Parisian nightlife in­sti­tu­tion for ad­mir­ing the fe­male form.

En­trenched in his­tory, the Paris show con­tin­ues while this tour­ing trib­ute to Bernardin has trav­elled to Aus­tralia for the first time with a cast of 12 “Crazy Girls”, each a clas­si­cally trained dancer and fit­ting within a strict set of phys­i­cal re­quire­ments.

The Palms at Crown in Mel­bourne was the first stop on the Aus­tralian Crazy Horse Paris sched­ule. Crown Theatre Perth is up next from Septem­ber 6.

Mel­bourne’s open­ing night last week was an even­ing full of glitz, glit­ter, siz­zle and un­bri­dled sass as the au­di­ence was trans­ported to glam­orous Paris com­plete with cabaret-style seat­ing, a fea­ture also avail­able in Perth.

The Eif­fel Tower and bright red lips pro­jected on screens ei­ther side of the in­ti­mate stage set­ting made way for im­ages of the se­duc­tive dancers as they be­gan the tra­di­tional open­ing num­ber God Save Our Bare­skin which was chore­ographed by a lieu­tenant in the Bri­tish Army.

Wear­ing Bearskin hats and Chris­tian Louboutin heels, they pre­sented the royal horse guard in­spired num­ber fea­tur­ing canons ex­e­cuted with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion.

Pro­jec­tion and light­ing ef­fects are a huge com­po­nent in the vis­ual suc­cess of Crazy Horse Paris, the dancers’ bare skin cre­at­ing an ideal can­vas while per­form­ing their way through this “best of” show with num­bers rang­ing from the legs ga­lore Up­side Down per­formed to Toxic and play­ful Des­sous Des­sus chore­ographed to Need You Tonight, to the cheeky (in more ways than one) Baby Buns and fun fi­nale U Turn Me On.

De­spite a strict “no men in the dress­ing rooms pol­icy”, For­ever Crazy does have spe­cial at­trac­tion Robert Mu­raine, aka Mr Fan­tas­tic, a dancer who starred on

Amer­ica’s So You Think You Can Dance, who pops and con­torts with en­ter­tain­ing ease.

With Perth au­di­ences ex­posed to the bare de­lights pre­sented an­nu­ally dur­ing Fringe World Fes­ti­val, Crazy Horse Paris’s For­ever Crazy is a class act sure to be em­braced as they take cabaret to an­other level.

The sea­son at Crown Theatre Perth is on Septem­ber 6 to 23.

Back­stage with the Crazy Horse Paris dancers.

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