Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: Matador

Dark, sexy and sultry this immersive extravaganza, which is the creation of Bass Fam, is a sweltering red-hot integration of burlesque, dance and circus. The production is a mesmerising and unashamedly arousing theatrical experience, which should appeal to all mature audiences.

Fourteen young talented performers take to the stage in this predominantly fast-paced show which takes audiences on an emotionally charged roller-coaster ride as themes of love, lust, same-sex attraction, infidelity, sexual identity, friendship, and acceptance are explored.

Vibrant and physically demanding dance pieces are inter-fused with contemporary and ballet acts, pole-dancing and spectacular breathtaking aerial acts amongst many others.

All the segments are performed to the loud music of popular artists including George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran and to the classic theme from the animated film Beauty And The Beast.

Audiences will be collectively toe-tapping to the music and hysterically clapping as the raunchiness escalates in the second half.

A feast for the eyes and senses, Matador stimulates the imagination. Audiences who are totally consumed by the sheer artistry and splendour of the production and not familiar with interpretive dance and movement may lose their way in the intertwining themes, owing to the minimal narration.

This, however, will not hinder the enjoyment level as it’s a show where audiences can just sit back and absorb the beauty of the radiant costumes, the atmospheric lighting, the incredible acts, the semi-clad performers and ultimately be enveloped by the hypnotic power of love and seduction….that is Matador. (MMo)

Until Jun 29. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. $59-$99+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

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