Ooh, la-la! Look out, Royal Winnipeg Ballet. You’re bringing us Moulin Rouge in the fall, but Bolero Dance Theatre has already put the Paris cabaret scene of a few decades later onstage, complete with an illuminated Eiffel Tower, a great spirit of joie de vivre and more garters, sequins, feathers and black-stockinged legs than you can shake a baguette at.
It may be a local amateur troupe with varying levels of technical prowess — and lead dancers who could amp up their facial expression — but Bolero, directed by choreographer Pedro Aurelio, delivers a delightful, richly costumed 1930s revue. The 45-minute show surprisingly pulls off French lip-synch numbers, the highlight being a stunningly good Edith Piaf by Yannick La Flamme.
The 13-dancer company’s usual fiery flamenco style gets its due, but it’s the strutting Parisian showgirls who set the house on fire with their high-kicking can-can.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival program:
This French-style cabaret revue is set in a 1930's French café near the famous Folies Bergère music hall in Paris.
The show weaves in tango, cancan, showgirl numbers, and the exoticism of Arabic-flavoured flamenco.
There is a femme fatale, a rogue, a streetwalker and an artist. Their stories are acted out amongst the feathers and sequins of the Folies performers who pay tribute to Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trenet.
They bring back to life the forgotten art of lip-sync embellishing it with glamour and feathers galore. It all ends with a high-energy French cancan finale.
Warnings: Subject Matter,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#9 Canwest Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) 2 Forks Market Road
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)