Theatre Review: Blanc de Blanc is salaciously seductive take on cabaret circus (MAP57 in St Kilda’s Winter Garden until 30th July)

Do you enjoy watching scantily clad men and woman perform tantalising tasks, whilst  sashaying across a stage enclosed in the famed Speigeltent? Well do I have a treat for you, Blanc de Blanc has just landed in Melbourne! So come one come all to St Kilda’s Winter Garden where things are about to get just a little bit naughty.

Blanc de Blanc, as the name suggests, oozes French elegance and a whole lot of French sexuality. I came into the show with only a tiny inkling of what I was getting myself into, and left with a permanent grin across my face, and a definite feeling of giddiness. In a nutshell Blanc De Blanc is a cabaret style circus show that weaves comedic theatrics with dazzling displays. Definitely not one for the whole family as nudity, sexual themes, and an entire football field of double entendres is prevalent throughout. If you are a fan of sexual innuendo, stunning visuals, naughty antics, and getting a little bit wet, (there’s a bubble bath spa – need I say more) then I implore you to go see this show.

The performers themselves all had distinct characters which added to the overall evocative nature of the performance. Unlike other circus acts I’ve seen where an albeit talented yet stone faced performer executes their act with little to no emotion. It was refreshing to see that each entertainer had a certain sass and charisma to them which truely transformed the show and intrigued the audience throughout. In particular Spencer Novich was the standout of the show for me with his distinct variety of contortion and mime. It may also have had something to do with him pulling me up on stage and proposing to me mid show, I did quite enjoy my 15 minutes of fame! The audience loved the witty banter between Novich and Monsieur Romeo the ‘debonair maître’d’. Their juxtaposed personalities perfectly complimented each other and had the audience in true hysterics.

Blanc de Blanc really is the perfect winter warmer. Nestled in between delicious food trucks, I can’t think of a more decadent way to spend a cold Melbourne night. So grab a glass of champagne, and prepare to have all your senses tickled by this tantalisingly sexual cabaret circus show. A little word of advice, expect the unexpected and be ready for anything. Santé!

Blanc De Blanc is playing at MAP57 in St Kilda’s Winter Garden until the 30th of July. For tickets, go here.

The reviewer attended on Wednesday the 21st of June.


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