Cabaret de Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, quick change acts, illusionists and of course, the famous French Cancan dancers! The lavish french cabaret production promises tantalising dancer, beguiling music and an array of international guest artists in spectacular costumes.
Starring is none other than the legendary showgirl herself, Marissa Burgess, the longest-serving performer in the Moulin Rouge’s 120-year history. Australian-born and trained Marissa has a string of accolades to her name and became the toast of Paris and the subject of many French TV talk shows and a US documentary.
At 16 years, Marissa made her professional debut at Le finaaunceston Casino and Wrest Point Casinos in “C’est si Bon”. Immediately after this a call from Paris came and Marissa headed to France to be part of the prestigious Bal du Moulin Rouge at the age of 17.
Marissa also threw herself into the Paris fashion scene and worked days and nights as a freelance runway model for many prestigious brands of clothing (Dior, YSL, Byblos, Adidas, Rodier, Cacharel, Mugler, etc.). Photographed by celebrity photographer Herb Ritts with Naomi Cambell, Elle McPherson for Italian Vogue Marissa also participated in the largest fashion show ever held, with 900 models in front of 100 000 spectators at the Eifel Tower.
Meanwhile, at the Moulin Rouge, Marissa had swiftly risen to star status and had the privilege of performing alongside such greats as: Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sir Elton John, Donald O’Connor, Charles Aznavour, Sacha Distel, Jerry Lewis and many more. A royal performance before the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Savoy Hotel, London, was also a career highlight. Her celebrity status was heightened during the run of Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” film, when art was compared to life. During her 18 years involvement, she stared in three multi-million-dollar revues; “Femmes, Femmes Femmes”, “Formidable” and “Feerie”, Earning the title of longest serving star in the Moulin Rouge’s 120-year history. The Guinness Book of Records recognized this achievement. Marissa last appeared on Jupiter’s stage in 2002 with the production show Rhythm of the Night, 10 years later she is bringing back elegance and the glamour of Paris onto the stage of Jupiter’s Theatre.
Joining Marissa on stage include the crème de la crème of showgirls from around the world; 14 dancers who have graced the stages of France’s most famous cabaret revues. The show features over quarter of a million dollars’ worth of lavish costumes in in traditional Moulin Rouge Parisian style, with feathers, sequins, rhinestones and jewels (some covering barely anything).
Cabaret de Paris is choreographed by Todd Patrick, one of Australia’s dance leaders who began his formidable career with Disney, before working for Versace, Dior, Issey Miyaki, Gucci and Chanel, across Europe and Asia. As a dancer he worked internationally, one of the highlights being the principal in The Lido in Paris.
Additionally, acclaimed illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd will perform some of his greatest illusions, mind-boggling disappearances and magic including a sensational levitation illusion performed with Marissa whilst she is singing!
Note this is a topless burlesque revue; some aspects of the show may offend so viewer discretion is advised.
Saturday 27 February, 2021
Queensland Performing Arts Centre