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Come and join the circus with Trash Cabaret this weekend

2016-05-11 19:00

Cape Town - Trash Cabaret is a multi - cultural circus cabaret extravaganza.

Featuring artists and performers from around the world, Trash Cabaret is a circus like no other. An underground gypsy contingent comprised of various performance groups - burlesque dancers, acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists, roaming characters, dancers of body and fire, and a full brass band to accompany the show.

Guest bands include The Nomadic Orchestra and performances by members of Ann Jangle and Crimson House.

Trash Cabaret begun when a French Canadian nun, spun out of her robe while guiding an egg from her head to her toe, once she held it there she kicked the egg into the air, caught in her mouth, and swallowed it down whole! This was her act, and in fact, what an act it was! Everywhere she did the act, it was met with great applause! She had many talented friends, who also loved to play. She invited them all to attend, with shows of their own to portray!

So run away to the circus on the 14th of May; dress as your favourite character for Trash Cabaret. Well you could just bring a mask, if not, anything you desire.

Come dressed as a clown or bicycle tyre. Join us and follow the marching band – and be part of a whimsical night with performances by various groups and artists including Psychedelic Theatre, Sky Dance Studio, Leo Letsape aka Mr.Letsparty, ActionArte, Cami Scoundrel and Black Orchid Burlesque.

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The Ringmaster of the evening is Riaan Smit from Crimson House. The Namibian born musician was roped into the circus by the founder of Trash Cabaret Elise Deguire when she needed music for her act. He took the position of band leader, which organically evolved into the position of Ring Master. Using the same mental energy techniques from Crimson House he managed to orchestrate the circus show. Though his talents lie in music, he is also a flamboyant frontman whoss energy infects the band and audience in his manic performances.

Black Orchid Burlesque specialises in a variety of genres ranging from Traditional Classic Burlesque to what is now commonly known as Neo-Burlesque or Caburlesque. By fusing sensual self-expression, dance, the art of tease and decadent costumes with gimmicks, props or bawdy humour; our professional Burlesque Artistes promise to keep you tastefully titillated at the edge of your seat from start to finish of every show.

One of the Black Orchid Burlesque performers to look out for is Diva Disastar (Starr).

Aside from creating and executing all her own Performances, Events and Burlesque Productions for ‘Black Orchid Burlesque’, ‘Trash Cabaret’ and ‘Vava Voom Entertainment’; Diva Disastar is also the proud headmistress of ‘The Black Orchid Burlesque Academy’, where she aims to  teach more women out there that it’s okay to enjoy their sensuality and celebrate their femininity. She says: “I didn’t run away to join the circus, the circus sucked me in and I have yet to be released from its mesmerising grip. Trash Cabaret is a unique experience unlike anything else I have participated in; we bring all sorts of people and performance art together and create magic. For me Trash Cabaret warms the soul, it’s not the show it’s the people!”

Cami Scoundrel is an adventurer, and an activist using multiple instruments and a surf board as her weapons of choice she travels the world in search of gigs, waves and revolutionary action. Scoundrel moves between double bass, bass, and guitar with a little bit of piano, melodica and banjo on the side. Sometimes she uses a loop and multiple instruments to create a dissident folk/punk/blues style. Scoundrel did not choose the circus life, the circus life chose her. “It happened on Braai day 2013. I was busking with my house mate Sloppy when this guy ran up to us saying “Wait! I get my accordion”. He reappeared a few minutes later. He was Sam, from Quebec, the current school director of Zip Zap circus. We started a gypsy punk band, the three of us. Five Finger Discount. Our first gig was a short performance at the first Trash Cabaret, the brain child of Elise Deguire, a clown from Montreal, also teaching at Zip Zap.”

Leo Letsape aka Mr.Letsparty is the leader of a Samba Bloco that was found in 2010 through and NPO called The Harlequin Foundation. The group is known as the Emzantsi Bloco and consists of 30 members aged between 16 and 28. The group has a core of 10 people that does events, promos and parades within the Southern Peninsula. When asked, why he likes to run away with the circus? Leo answered: “Trash Cabaret is a crazy and creative inter -cultural group of people. You feel open to bring out the best in you… Even if its trash.”

Event details:

Date: Saturday 14 May
Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville
Doors open at 16:00
Activities start at 18:00
Main show starts at 20:00
For general enquiries e-mail:
Tickets: R120 at Quicket or R150 at the door.

For more info on the event visit their Facebook page.

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