|Photo courtesy by Phillip Van Nostrand|
Director and choreographer Austin McCormick gave the evening the right amount of intrigue and glamor, leaving the audience wanting more. The converted space allowed for some challenges but using the architecture of the space, including a column right smack dab in the middle of the stage, to their advantage was wonderful to see. The scenic design by Zane Pihlstrom aided greatly to the production. The beautiful Revolution inspired scrim, filled with a naughty teaser picture, reveals a sultry world of intrigue behind it. Ambiance is everything with the space. The furniture, décor, and even wait staff completed the well rounded atmosphere. Jeanette Yew’s lighting design is provocative, allowing for some stunning moments of shadow and light. The variety Yew brought allowed for each act to live on its own. The costumes by Pihlstrom were striking and flawless, showcasing the assets of each company member.
The art of burlesque isn’t dead and Company XIV is proof of that. With Rococo Rouge, less is definitely more, in every meaning of the phrase.