Moulin Rouge dancers NZ ready

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - HUGH COLLINS

‘‘It's not al­ways about the young ones’’

The long­est serv­ing per­former of Paris’s fa­mous Moulin Rouge is set to bring tra­di­tional French vi­brancy to Auck­land later this month.

Marissa Burgess was in Auck­land this week ahead of the Cabaret De Paris New Zealand tour.

Now based in Bris­bane, she spent 17 years danc­ing at the pres­ti­gious and his­tor­i­cal Parisian en­ter­tain­ment venue.

A 15 mem­ber cast of per­form­ers, most of who have spent time danc­ing in Paris, will take the Civic Theatre stage across two nights.

The show brings the at­mos­phere of a lav­ish French cabaret show and will fea­ture an ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional guest artists, in­clud­ing aeri­al­ists, pole dancers, il­lu­sion­ists and can­can dancers.

Burgess, the most se­nior of the dance troupe, said age and ex­pe­ri­ence is what is de­sir­able in a cabaret per­former.

‘‘It’s not al­ways about the young ones, it’s when you get into your more ma­ture years you be­come the iconic show girl that peo­ple sort of as­pire to,’’ Burgess said.

‘‘As a young dancer be­ing 18, 19 and 20, I used to find that ter­ri­bly frus­trat­ing that I couldn’t get the same ma­tu­rity level as my se­niors and I used to as­pire to be older, quite lit­er­ally.’’

She said the show aimed to give peo­ple the feel­ing of be­ing taken to Paris for the evening.

Cabaret de Paris hits the Civic on May 26 and 27.

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