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Review: VELVET - Shake Your Groove Thing

The down-under disco inferno juggernaut VELVET didn’t so much open with a bang last night at The Piano as it did with a super nova. Billed as a divine discotheque circus, it doesn’t disappoint; a dazzling, seductive and breathless 90 minute rollercoaster of killer party tunes is mixed with a mind-expanding light show, hair-raising athletics, hilarious comedy and nervy talent.

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Showcasing the deliciously dark side of cabaret, VELVET had the audience whooping and gasping with delight one minute and roaring with laughter the next, all the while dancing in their seats – and out of them by the end of the night. The show's helmed by the impressive pipes of Tom Oliver and Australia’s founding (and reigning!) disco diva extraordinaire Marcia Hines; the pair (along with the dulcet tones and literally bangin’ drum solos of Joe Accaria and shimmering, sexy chanteuses Kaylah Attard and Rechelle Mansour) provide the blistering, non-stop retro party soundtrack to one of the glitziest, glamorous nights you’re ever likely to have in Christchurch.

VELVET MArcia From bellhop handwalking acrobat Mirko Köckenberger’s gravity-defying dexterity to the extreme aerialist antics of Emma Goh and Stephen Williams (whose disrobing reduced one female audience member into a near-hysteric pheromone meltdown), it’s a whirlwind of scintillating, breath-catching showmanship. And if you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to hula hoops – Craig Reid (aka The Incredible Hula Boy) is about to prove you wrong – so, so wrong!


To 17 September
The Piano

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