Anni and Maude Davey

Circus & Physical Theatre

Retro Futurismus

Anni & Maude Davey present the world premiere of RETRO FUTURISMUS, a new future-focussed vaudeville with a retro twist: post-burlesque, anti-internet, completely live!

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Anni and Maude Davey join creative forces with Anna Lumb (Pocket Rocket) and Gabi Barton (The Town Bikes) to present the world premiere of Retro Futurismus, a new future-focussed vaudeville with a retro twist: post-burlesque, anti internet, completely live.

Retro Futurismus is a new vaudeville offering from the Davey twins, both legends of the early 21st century Melbourne cabaret and circus milieu. In this cabaretic prognostication they channel the visions of the cultural prophets who led us into the 21st century – Fritz Lang, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, Bjork and Barbarella. Each night will feature explosive interruptions from hand picked and incredible guest artists.

An exhilarating, immersive variety show crammed with nostalgia for the present, Retro Futurismus features anger-gendered dance artists, gravity-less circus acts, siren-songs, boutique burlesque, and breathtaking performance art. Join us here – NOW never looked more like the future.

“In the 1990s, we called what we were doing Cabaret. Then Cabaret became one woman shows about Eva Cassidy or stand up with songs. In the 2000s, we called it Burlesque. Then Burlesque became strip tease in vintage frocks. If we call it Variety in the twenty teens, Variety will probably morph into some other form of narcotising consumerist spectacle. But for the few years in which this new Variety is soft and alive, exploding and mutating, discovering itself, it will be the most exciting thing around!”

Live theatre, as we all know is expensive! This fundraising campaign will assist us to pay our guest artists something like what they deserve.

Our first week’s line up of guests: STELLA ANGELICO, sensational siren and the daughter of cult cabaret darling Peaches La Crème and internationally renowned magician Sam Angelico (hows them for credentials!), LEAH SHELTON (Polytoxic, Brides of Frank) whose signature style is inspired by the traditions of the Pacific, the guts of physical performance and the crimes of pop-culture, and TERESA BLAKE (deSoxy) a legendary Melbourne circus performer and musician.

Second and third week’s lineup of guests include the gorgeous singing sensation Joseph Chetty , booty dancing duo Glitter&Snatch, the amazing James Andrews & Bendy Benjamin Hancock, sultry siren Simone Page-Jones and more. This will be great cabaret – don’t miss out! Help us to deliver!

Thanks in advance for your generous donation.

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Anni and Maude Davey have been working at the forefront of the independent performance scene in Melbourne for over twenty years. With backgrounds in theatre, Circus, community theatre and cabaret they have developed a unique aesthetic, which is small-scale, performer-centred, often physical, always political and deliberately design-lite. Their skills and experience encompass high-level project management and company management as well as the creation of highly regarded new performance work. Both have moved back and forth between performance projects – Anni as a Circus performer with Circus Oz and Club Swing, director of independent works, notably with Sarah Ward aka Yana Alana, and actor; Maude as an actor (The Slap, Offspring, My Year Without Sex and The Trouble With Harry with MKA in 2014, Green Room award nominee for Best Actress), director (currently directing John Romeril’s GOING THROUGH featuring Jack Charles) and performance artist (The Burlesque Hour) – and administration/management – Anni at Circus Oz in a wide range of capacities including Acting General Manager; Maude as Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix 2003 – 2007, Melbourne Workers Theatre 2008 – 2009.

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