‘Blanc de Blanc Encore’: 2023 Season

The Grand Electrical, Sydney. 
9 June 2023. 

Blanc de Blanc Encore, the promote out present on the Sydney Opera Home in 2019, returned to Sydney for an additional dazzling season and opened on 9 June, at The Grand Electrical in Surry Hills. The five-star extravaganza with lavish Gatsby-esque aptitude is a smash-hit present from Strut & Fret, the crew from Madonna’s Insurgent Coronary heart tour and worldwide sensation Blanc de Blanc (unique), Life – The Present and Limbo.

The hedonistic night was a thrill – serving up risqué humour, Twenties French aptitude, showy dance numbers, astonishing tips and champagne soaked debauchery with a room stuffed with laughter.

The night began off with friends slowly flowing into The Grand Electrical in Surry Hills. With bubbles and booze in hand, spectators made their method to their seats, and cozied up near these subsequent to them in every row. Introducing the night was Felix Pouliot and Danny Collins – our French and British hosts for the evening. Cheeky, comical and totally assured, they warmed up the viewers capturing everybody’s fast gaze with a not so unintended wardrobe malfunction. 

Pouliot is a multidisciplinary circus artist primarily based in Montréal, with efficiency credit starting from avenue exhibits to the nice phases of Cirque du Soleil. His comedic and acrobatic abilities, recognized all over the world, served up the proper dose of tongue and cheek all through the evening. Collins’ theatrical credit embody 101 Dalmatians (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Gypsy (Alexandra Palace) and South Pacific (Chichester Pageant Theatre), and complimented Pouliot brilliantly with humorous banter which discovered themselves into very awkward however entertaining conditions. 

The dance numbers all through the evening dazzled the gang, with signature cabaret strikes, cartwheels, attractive kicks and splits by Melanie Hawkins together with different solid who had been wearing stylistic costumes recognized to the period. Following was aerial artists Charles-Éric Bouchard who impressed the viewers with muscular but angelic like potential. Again lit with blue lighting, in nothing greater than silver shorts, his strains had been executed with grace, energy and agility.

Because the night progressed, the 2 hosts had the time of their lives, interacting and inflicting viewers members to blush, by inviting them up on stage and selling them as their present help for his or her grandiose tips. From right here, naked and uncovered hiding behind nothing however a French flag, Pouliot delighted the viewers together with his uncommon musical trick. Swinging left to proper producing a pure beat, he left the viewers in absolute hysterics that was most contagious. 

Out of the blue, the viewers was transitioned into an intimate and interactive house as a parachute lit with purple mild unfolded overhead, creating an interesting and playful expertise and it rippled all the way in which to the again of the room – such easy enjoyable isn’t only for children at circus college! Subsequent, foot juggler and aerial artist Emma Phillips charmed the viewers along with her abilities. Often known as New Zealand’s first foot juggler, she can also be one of many solely Western artists to carry out Chinese language-style foot juggling on this planet. Resting on a chair with legs within the air, wearing a surprising gold and black sequinned costume, she commenced spinning one umbrella at a time, regularly constructing as much as 5 and a small carpet, spinning them simutaneously along with her arms and ft. This then led to tables – it was outrageously good!

Because the bubbles and booze flowed via the night someway, someplace, a pillow battle with the gang eventuated with feathers flying in all places, touchdown in champagne glasses and on everybody’s heads and eyelashes. As every act transitioned into the subsequent, Sasha-Lee Saunder wowed the crowed along with her highly effective vocals, as did Jess Mews along with her hoops delighting spectators.

The following act was extra risqué. The performers skilfully manourved nothing however towels round their physique utilizing totally different choreographic ranges and angles leaving the gang intrigued. Because the banter continued all through the night between Pouliot and Collins, a brand new viewers member was pulled up on stage. She was blindfolded and nominated as the brand new goal for a daring balloon and sword throwing train. Following a roaring applause, for the profitable cheeky problem, champagne flowed from above because the goddess like aerial artist flew throughout the gang pouring champagne into glasses. 

Towards the tip of the night, probably the most memorable, inventive and mystical aerial artist Caitlin Marion Tomson-Moylan appeared. Entangled gracefully in and amongst ropes, she flew above the viewers, with extensions that had been so technically sound and musically arresting. It captivated the viewers fully. 

Why did the present have to finish? It was Sydney’s most entertaining get together! The acclaimed worldwide solid delighted the gang with their opulence, dazzling decor and dance! Get your tickets, and revel in a night of burlesque and bubbles! 

For places, tickets and dates, go to the hyperlinks beneath: 

Sydney: moshtix.com.au/v2/venues/the-grand-electric-sydney-nsw/9187

Darwin: www.darwinfestival.org.au/events/blanc-de-blanc-encore

Newcastle: arep.co/m/blancnewcastle

By Renata Ogayar of Dance Informa.