If Savoir Faire was smokin’ last Thursday night at the Hawthorne Lounge, Cuda Cabaret was a three-alarm fire at the Barracuda Nightclub on Friday. Both of Sinnsavy’s productions were top drawer and chock-full of entertainment value.
A visiting dancer from Knoxville, TN, Kisa von Teasa, was featured during Savoir Faire on Thursday. Presenting an energetic hard rock routine, she worked the audience into a frenzy when she came on stage dressed in a nun’s habit. The crowd howled as soon as they saw her tea shirt which read I Survived Catholic School . Regularly scheduled performers, Cherry Valance, Sandria Dore and Euphemia Fox, were exceptionally well received for their enthusiastic presentations.
Fridays show at Barracuda Nightclub was thoroughly enjoyable, with contant surprises that delighted the audience. Performing two dances each were: Angelique DeVille, Baby le Strange, Hai Fleisch, Honey La Fleur, Euphemia Fox, Megham Meyham, Miss Cherry Valance, and Scuse Me. Swingtease, a duo which includes Fox and Mr. Minex Mips, combined swing dance with stripping, and Belly dancer, Duo du Ventre worked the room with the aide of a skilled hand drummer. The night’s ringmaster was Laura, The Emceeiam, Dean who kept the show going with sarcastic quips and hilarious wisecracks.
All the dancers are highly skilled. Some were exceptionally entertaining. Of special note, was Cherry Valance’s two numbers which included singing, tap dancing and the tasteful removal of sexy undergarments. Valance’s well trained voice perfectly augmented her burlesque presentation, as did her impressive choice of costumes. During the first act, she wore a red sequenced shift that was soon doffed to display sexy black undies. In her second presentation, Valance was carried on stage in a pink bucket designed to look like a cupcake with a cherry on top. To the audience’s delight, she popped up from the cupcake, wearing a pink dress and hat. After a protracted tease, she stripped down to a white corset and a pair of ruffled red panties, topping off her performance with another impressive song.
The curvaceseous, Angelique DeVille is an equally strong performer. Like Valance, she has her dance moves down and wears costumes geared to entice even the most jaded audience member. Her fast paced, hip hop moves were executed with infectious exuberance. In the second act, DeVille’s, as the biblical Eve, entered the stage behind a kitchy representation of the infamous apple tree. Engaging with a rubber snake, she humorously obeyed his instructions to eat the apple of desire which unleashed a frenzied dance of unparalleled sensuality.
Appearances by Hai Fleisch and Meghan Meyhem were especially noteworthy for their more traditional renditions of burlesque. Both dancers exuded grace and charm which added a touch of old-school class. Fleish is a skilled fan dancer and Meyhem can make the simple act of pulling off a glove as titillating as a french kiss. Both go for the slow tease, but leave you satisfied in the end.
Sinnsavy has enough dancers to fill a room with heated expectations. Each one puts their whole heart into it. While some do a new style of burlesque, others stick to the older, classic versions. Those who chose to add props, made it more interesting to the viewer. There was not much attention paid to scenic design, but this is more likely due to budgetary issues than lack of artistic vision. Portland is not Paris or New York in terms of production values, but the dancers measure up to the highest standards in the industry. Savoir Faire hits the stage weekly at the Hawthorne Theatre Lounge and Cuda Cabaret will return to Barracuda on May 21st to celebrate their six month aniversay at the Barracuda Nightclub.