MELBOURNE’S HOTTEST EXPORT TURNS TEN!
“If I have to choose either to die or not see this show, I rather die!”Ameblo, TOKYO
“From the sublime to subversive, the hot to the hilarious, …outrageous and unforgettable” The Times, LONDON
“Underground and unforgettable, seductive and revolutionary, provocative and glorious.” Farsa Mag ARGENTINA
Finucane & Smith’s Glory Box; the show that’s kicked burlesque and cabaret out of the park; that has stormed the barricades of high art, low art and the wildly popular; that ‘changes the game’ according to UK critics; that has been called a ‘revolution in a chocolate box’, ‘sublime’, ‘sumptuous’, ‘demented’ and ‘dangerous uber-lesque’ in twelve languages; won eight international theatre awards; and has had over 200,000 people across five continents in multi-lingual raptures, TURNS TEN!
Mid-winter Melbourne, the Glory Box will crack open The Hit Parade Party of the Decade in the velvet lined Melba Spiegeltent at Circus Oz; the very first show in Circus Oz’ brand new home in the Melbourne’s coolest locale, downtown Collingwood.
The original and the best ‘unholy trinity of fatale feministas’ – Moira FINUCANE, Yumi UMIUMARE and Azaria UNIVERSE – will reunite, and with a galaxy of guest stars drawn from a decade of divine intervention, strut down the catwalk of provocation and party like there is no tomorrow. 10 Years, 10 Nights only, 100 exotic acts, special requests taken, guests flying in from Paris to the Pilbara; it’s going to be the party season you never recover from.
Ten years ago Moira Finucane & Jackie Smith defied prevailing opinion that their work was ‘too much’ and that ‘audiences aren’t ready for it’, and, on the smell of an oily rag, turned rain into steam during midwinter Melbourne of 2004 with their genre-defying Salon mix of the surreal, the epic, the gender-bending, stereotype-trashing, bodice-ripping and the super-sordid. Now after five star reviews in Argentina, standing room only in Tokyo, annual love-ins in Melbourne, three seasons at The Sydney Opera House; pulling off the longest tour of Variety around Australia since the gold rush, standing ovations in Italy; and this week literally stopping traffic in the streets in Sao Paulo Brazil in their first outdoor spectacular for ten thousand people; it’s time for Melbourne’s Hottest Export to Celebrate!
Led by Moira FINUCANE, the rock goddess of live art, the woman whose been described as David Lynch’s ideal of vaudeville, as ‘La Diosa’ in Buenos Aires, ‘Mistress of Grande Guignol’ in Paris, and ‘Fantastically Indecent’ in Tokyo; with Burlesque Siren Azaria UNIVERSE polishing up her infamous pearls; and Yumi UMIUMARE bringing her wild butoh goddess down from the mountains; and an ever changing galaxy of guests Glory Box TEN is a tour de force of dangerous dames, demented music and drinks at the bar!
THE HISTORY OF THE GLORY BOX!
Ten years ago Moira Finucane & Jackie Smith were on the veranda of a southern Chinese avant garde nightclub, watching the pouring rain make hundreds of red lanterns sway like jellyfish in the branches of a giant tree, and they had a wild vision … they wanted to open a salon, a salon of the extraordinary and the underground, the unforgettable and indefinable, as seductive as it was subversive, as provocative as it was entertaining. They finished their drinks, bought boxes of red lanterns, went home to Australia and premiered Glory Box under the somewhat misleading title of The Burlesque Hour (it was never an hour, and it was never what anyone expected of Burlesque!). Selling out the night it opened, Glory Box has since played for over 200,000 fans around the world, has won eight theatre awards, including 6 Green Room Awards and Scotland on Sunday’s “Hottest Temptation of the Festival”, has been acclaimed in 12 languages, had 70 international sell-out seasons, including three under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. It has played from Croatia to Tokyo, London to Ljubljana, Italy to Edinburgh, Budapest to Taranaki, ever evolving and ever surprising, a mega-mix of the subversive and seductive, and attracting a pantheon of seductive stars. Fusing demi-monde nightclub with jaw dropping cabaret, insolent and exotic live art, circus & sideshow, butoh & disco, grand guignol & backroom ballet in a seductive spectacle, Glory Box is led by the Empress of Intimate Spectacle, the Beauty Queen of the Damned, the Original Mistress of Grande Macabre, MOIRA FINUCANE – part rock goddess, part gothic queen, part strange seducer – with a pack of the world’s most addictive divas in the satin lined, lantern strewn, Variety with a Vengeance.
ABOUT FINUCANE & SMITH:
The House of Finucane & Smith creates legendary salons, intimate theatrical spectacles and provocative variety; hijacking myriad artforms, engaging unique and astonishing artists and pecking the eyes out of old style entertainment genres to create indelible visions of liberation, humanity, power and desire.
Storming the barricades between high art, low art and the wildly popular, Finucane & Smith are driven by the artistic vision of playwright and director Jackie Smith and volcanic live artist, magic realist and creator Moira Finucane. With a smorgasbord of artists whose only commonality of the thrill of the human.Their shows; demi-monde nightclubs, surreal indoor Carnivals, four-postered Gothic Boudoirs & Literary Salons – have won acclaim in 12 languages and 15 performance awards from The Patrick White Playwright Award to Scotland on Sunday’s Hottest Temptation of the Festival.