Burlesque 2018: A Night to Remember
By Jordan Pytosh
On Saturday, April 15th, I had the privilege of attending the late night performance of Lipstick Theatre’s Burlesque 2018 show. Prior to attendance, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was intrigued by the event’s emphasis on body positivity and my interest led me to the Lutkin performance hall this past Saturday night. After waiting about four hours to get in, I was finally able to escape the stormy weather and find a comfortable seat right in the middle of the auditorium. After being greeted by some blaring music, the wonderful hosts of the night welcomed us to a celebration with words of wisdom and open arms.
Then, after this nice introduction, the dances began. For two whole acts with an intermission in between, a plethora of performers rushed onto the stage in waves. Throughout the show, performers danced and stripped in routines set to a whole spectrum of music ranging from “Immigrants,” off The Hamilton Mixtape, to Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself.” The first act featured a lot of the most energetic performances, built around louder, up-tempo music that hyped up the crowd. The second half also had a great variety of music, but tended to feature pieces that were slower, more conceptual, and arguably more substantial. The two and a half hours passed surprisingly quickly, without a single dancer missing a beat.
The show was immersive and supremely enjoyable. The choreography was extremely well executed, to the point where I found myself in complete awe several times, marveling at the movements of the individuals on stage. Furthermore, the show’s sexuality was handled tastefully, with the most graphic moments employed sparingly in order to heighten their impact. My absolute favorite part was the duo in act one who utilized their acrobatic expertise to perform jaw-dropping stunts. I distinctly remember loudly hooting and hollering with the rest of the crowd as their performance raised the show’s energy to new heights.
Burlesque was a tantalizing and engaging ending to a long week of getting back in the swing of things at Northwestern. Every expectation I had was completely exceeded by the great performances these dancers put on for the attendees. I personally congratulate them on their hard work and really am glad I got to see an amazing spectacle. It was totally worth the wait.