Blanc de Blanc.
Blanc de Blanc. Daniel Boud

Striptease to acrobatics, risque show is breathtaking

EVEN though the invitation said "bubbles, bare-flesh, breath-taking acrobatics and bold, beautiful burlesque' nothing could have prepared us for the extreme fabulousness of Blanc de Blanc.

The champagne-inspired show that received five-star reviews in London and a triumphant run at Sydney's Opera House, is the star of the Brisbane Festival, running until September 24.

At the opening night on September 2, the packed house in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at South Bank, was suitably shocked, then delighted and then shocked some more...and yet even more.

Among myriad highlights, including terrifying acrobatics and impossible aerial moves, the risqué show featured a human champagne fountain (you'll have to see it, too hard to describe but it did involve champagne cascading down a naked derriere and into a glass, a perfect aim).

This adults only, high-energy show is fast-paced with a non-stop series of juicy morsels ranging from a strip-tease in a giant bubble balloon, to a stunning aerial feat on a hotel luggage trolley (breath-holding stuff) to incredible contortionist moves and wonderfully choreographed dance routines, all completed by performers in the tiniest of sparkly costumes - or sometimes no costumes at all.

The few audience participation gigs (be warned, sit in the middle rows if you are shy) are as hilarious as they are frightening, but it is the sheer talent and skill of the cabaret and acrobatic performers that make this show so utterly compelling.

Blanc de Blanc is the perfect blend of vintage glamour and high-end exhibition with sexy and erotic acts composed from the creative minds behind Madonna's Rebel Heart tour.

The Spigeltent on Southbank's forecourt with its glass-stained windows and intimate close-to-the-stage setting, adds to the overall hedonistic enjoyment.

Do not even dream of attending if you are in the least bit prudish. If not, you will love this deliciously naughty show.

Ann Rickard

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