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City of Dreams presents “Taboo”, the new Franco Dragone show
City of Dreams yesterday presented a sneak preview of “Taboo”, the new “seductive cabaret experience” by Franco Dragone, the director and creator of ‘House of Dancing Water’ and former Cirque du Soleil executive. The presentation was held in the Club Cubic where the new show is going to run starting on June 28 until September 15, but with the prospect of becoming a permanent show. Producer Jay Smith explained the idea was to “create something that is a little bit edgy, a little bit sexy, a little bit naughty.”
The first sneak preview act introduced the “Freedom Ballet-Dance Ensemble” from Ukraine. The 14 dancers appeared among the spectators dressed sexily, the women showing punkie hairstyles, and presented performances combining sensual movements with dark elements that reminded us of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
Also, the poster of “Taboo” resembles the one of the latter show. The next performance Jay Smith announced as “the naughtiest act in the show,” a blond Finnish woman covered with tattoos, who swallows a 22 inch steel sword. Later the woman nicknamed “Lucky Hell” revealed her techniques of sword swallowing: “It goes past the heart right into the stomach through the gastrointestinal tract”. If she slips it will be “highly deadly,” and aside from that “there can be things happening with the stomach if you are not careful,” explained the artist.
Among the cast are Stephen Williams, doing “edgy, masculine aerial chain acts,” Fabien Thome performing contemporary Flamenco, Jennlee Shallow, a mezzo soprano singer, who performed in the Melbourne production of the Disney Theatrical “The Lion King” and Elena Gatilova, doing aerial hoop. Last but not least, Mr Smith announced, “we have a real African princess,” who is Princess Rebel, “the daughter of a leader of the Malimba tribe in Cameroon” and who dances during “Taboo” wearing tribal clothes.
Producer Smith is not concerned about the fact that the show doesn’t include Asian artists or Asian themes. He thinks they have chosen the “most interesting people for an Asian audience.” At the same time he explained that “Franco is not trying to produce a show especially for China or for Macau, he is inspired by the theme.” Mr Smith believes the show could be “performed anywhere” as it has “universal appeal.” He did not specify the budget of the show, only saying that “we are still spending money.”
The budget of audience members in any case will have to be between HKD 2,000 to 33,888, for the prices of tickets and packages. Once started the show will run every Wednesday to Saturday at 10 pm.
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