Moulin Rouge dancers NZ ready
‘‘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.