Accept the invitation and treat your senses to a spectacle of theatrical wonder. Step into the Salon.
Inspired by the iconic Marchesa Luisa Casati and decadence of Salons in early 20th century Europe, this premier production will take its audience on a magical journey of the bohemian divine.
This showcase of physical feats and soaring vocals is led by breathtaking pop-art diva Michelle Xen and Neon Wild, in collaboration with seven of Brisbane’s best physical, circus and dance performers.
Creator and choreographer, Timothy Brown drew inspiration from the inner workings of Salons in eras past, where aristocrats and prominent artists would congregate to reveal the next new thing in arts and culture.
“The salon needs to be revived,” he says. “It’s has always been around, since the early days however it has existed in various forms, but should always be noted and celebrated.”
Timothy describes the show as one of seduction, where audiences will be romanced by its daring and talented cast, which includes 'that pole guy' Travis Scott performing his craft.
“Male pole-dancing is a new genre; I think Travis is one of a kind in that field. When he’s entered burlesque competitions in the past, he'd usually be the only male in them. I think Salon has an element of gender-bending in the sense that we play not necessarily androgyny, but the feminine and the masculine going either way, the whole cast really mixes it up. I wanted to create a show that was not just one niche audience but for a wide audience.”
When speaking of the other cast members Timothy says it's actually really hard to get all them into the one room.
“It’s amazing, the cast have a crazy schedule themselves so they're always at different gigs and travelling around, so getting them all together is a huge achievement. When they do come together they’re a bag of laughs, they can often be a bit crazy and crude, but I love them. They bring rawness, because their performances particularly, are in the moment and spontaneous. I love when they push themselves and do technically amazing and somewhat scary things at times. They do go out on a limb and do some crazy things, and definitely give it their all. 'Salon' has an element of spontaneity and improvisation and as much as I try and make things really exact and choreographed, they sometimes bust out of that.”
When asked what the audience can expect Timothy says as well as a cast full of exhibitionists, there are many different technical components.
“We have a swinging pole, we have a live band, a magic mirror portal A.V. component and our set designer Rosina Sullivan is an installation artist and she'll be creating hanging chandelier art. So come and have fun, be open, have a drink before or during at your own table.”
One thing the audience can expect is that during the show, one of the cast members will have an inspirational moment and spontaneously cast a little play of their own, with an invitation for the audience to play a role.Timothy says there are possibilities that 'Salon' will tour in the future.
“We would love to tour further. I'm actually just in talks with the Judith Wright producer and they are very keen to produce the show beyond the Judy.”
'Salon' has been supported by the Judith Wright Centre’s new Fresh Ground Space program and is a must-see show for fans of the extravagant, the erotic, exotic, exquisite and bold.
'Salon' plays at The Judith Wright Centre Of Contemporary Arts from Saturday June 22 to Saturday June 29.