Erika Moon Mixes Moulin Rouge and Broadway in Evolution of Burlesque
"Here, mostly it's the nightclub cabaret style," says the French-born performer, who wears many hats (and feathers) when on stage. That style, she explains, relies heavily on acrobatics at the expense of some of the more subtle forms of burlesque. In this evolutionary show, she'll combine them all.
Initially trained as a gymnast, Moon started performing in the nightclubs of Toulouse as a stripper, as a dancer, and as a showgirl. But by the age of 18, she found her background lacking. So she took on studies in fashion design, dance, and choreography. She modeled. She traveled to Bangkok and Las Vegas. She moved to Paris. And then she threw all these elements into her particular cabaret mix. With her own troupe, she's taken to stages in clubs, casinos, and theaters in shows named "Cleopatra's Bath", "The Vagaries of Betty Boop," and "Marquise Delirious."
Here in Miami, she's putting it all together. "This is a transformative show," she says before heading off to practice early morning, three days before her Miami premiere. "It will be an historical journey, from Cleopatra to the 17th century to 2011." The burlesque journey consists of four acts with 10 performers. "It will be a mixture of Moulin Rouge and Broadway," she says, and will not only be new to Miami, but to the world. While it promises to be sexy and entertaining, she continues to stress, "it will always be elegant and classy. I am French. I'm bringing the French style."
The debut of Evolution of Burlesque takes place on Friday and Saturday nights at the late-ish hour of 9 p.m.; The Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach Tickets range from $30 to $60, go to ticketmaster.com, or call 305-674-1040, ext. 1.
--Anne Tschida of artburstmiami.com
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