BARE SKIN THE IDEAL CANVAS
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 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 now until September 23.
Melbourne’s opening night 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 Horseguard-inspired number featuring cannons executed with military precision.
Projection and lighting effects are huge in the visual success of Crazy Horse Paris, the dancers’ bare skin creating an ideal canvas 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 Baby Buns and 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.
Backstage with the Crazy Horse Paris dancers.