Sundays may no longer be a day of rest if globe-trotting burlesquer Chrys Columbine has her way. This weekend, she debuts Chrystal Cabaret at the Hippodrome Casino.
Should you find yourself stood at the crossroads of classical music and cabaret, cock an ear and you may hear Chrys Columbine playing on a grand piano. The burlesque performer who combines stripping with tinkling the ivories continues her busy year with the debut of a new show. Chrystal Cabaret will pull together an assortment of talents into a production hosted at the Hippodrome Casino’s Matcham Room this Sunday. We spoke to Columbine ahead of the opening night.
We’re looking forward to seeing Chrystal Cabaret this weekend. Tell us a bit more about it.
I always wanted to have the chance to put together a show incorporating my own themes, ideas and collaborating with some of the amazing performers that I’ve met and worked with in the past.
The new show is based on The Stroke Of Midnight, a show I co-produced at Sydney’s main cabaret venue Slide. This time around, I’m bringing in a little more of my insanity than usual and expecting much the same from everyone else. It will be an exciting experience for me and a bit of an adventure for the audience.
How would you describe your concept for the show?
High-art, beauty and glamour contrasted with dark, twisted and decadent rock ‘n’ roll.
Your host for the evening is Bouncy Hunter. How does she fit into the concept behind Chrystal Cabaret?
I chose her because she’s dark, sexy, slightly mad and very charismatic. On top of that, every show I’ve seen her host, whether I’ve been a performer or audience member, the crowds have always loved her.
Why did you choose the Hippodrome Casino as the venue?
It’s in a great location with a beautiful theatre, a grand piano and it has an extraordinary history of glamorous, exciting and slightly-decadent variety of shows and performances, going back many years.
What’s different about your show to others?
The elements of mystery that come about in parts of the show and the interaction between certain performers.
You have chosen performers Lady Catalina, Joe Morose, Leah Debrincat and Aurelie Bernard to work alongside you. How did you choose the line up?
I met and worked with each of these performers under slightly unusual and wonderful circumstances and relished the opportunity to bring them altogether.
Every one of them is an outstanding performer but also an exceptional human being whose acts are all completely different to each other.
Have you planned any further shows?
I have indeed! I’m already planning another couple of Chrystal Cabaret outings at The Hippodrome Casino later in the year.
Chrystal Cabaret debuts this Sunday at the Hippodrome Casino’s Matcham Room. Full show information is available here.