New burlesque show hits Lismore before heading to capitals

STANDING OVATIONS: Nina Jeftic (centre at back) is bringing Everything Burlesque to Lismore City Hall.
STANDING OVATIONS: Nina Jeftic (centre at back) is bringing Everything Burlesque to Lismore City Hall. Patrick Gorbunovs

SHE has danced with Kylie Minogue and Whitney Houston and performed in Cats, Chicago and 42nd Street - but it's a home-grown Byron Bay burlesque show that has dancer Nina Jeftic most excited.

The show, Everything Burlesque, has been directed, choreographed and stage managed by Ms Jeftic and boasts a $10,000 wardrobe of costumes ranging from bondage to sequins and feathers with a generous serving of PVC, corsets and Charleston flapper dresses.

Based on The Great Gatsby and featuring songs from the 2010 movie, Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, Everything Burlesque was performed to standing ovations in Byron Bay last month and is due to open for one night only at the newly refurbished Lismore City Hall this month, ahead of a national tour next year.

"It sold out two nights in Byron Bay," Ms Jeftic said.

"After the success of the first shows, we decided to bring the show to Lismore ahead of a tour that will begin in Sydney in February and will take in regional centres and we hope the Gold Coast and Brisbane as well."

Rehearsals for the show have taken place over five months, with dancers from Funky Moves Dance Studio putting in 14-hour days some weekends, Ms Jeftic said, but the result has been worth it with audiences flocking to be a part of something unique.

"For female performers, burlesque offers empowerment; they feel liberated and it gives them a chance to step outside of how society says they are meant to act," she said.

Audiences are increasingly drawn to the energy and risque surprise element of burlesque, Ms Jeftic said.

"I think people are getting sick of sitting on the couch watching the internet and are looking for something real and exciting; something tangible that they can feel a part of," she said.

"There is nothing quite like being a part of a live show, and with this one you never quite know what is coming next.

"With the movies Burlesque and The Great Gatsby being some of the inspiration, I wanted to create an atmosphere where the audience would feel like they want to jump up and be part of the action.

"The show is designed like a burlesque-style club with comedian Brian Yates compering and 25 performers including dancers, singers and aerial circus artists," she said.

"It's one of the most dynamic shows I've ever been a part of."

Everything Burlesque will be performed at Lismore City Hall on November 23.

Tickets available through NORPA on 6622 0300 or http://www.norpa.org.au.


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