Last weekend, Lowbrow at The Highball hosted The Razzle Dazzle Sideshow Cabaret – a salacious yet satirically playful carnival which included vaudeville-like performances – leaving all spectators hypnotized and highly-amused. The infusion of extravagant costumes, rainbows of colors, bright lights and bare skin throughout the performances proved a delightful experience that left a distinct impression amongst audience members.
Featured over the course of nearly two hours were dances which ranged from burlesque to aerial and belly dancing. Other stage numbers included sword swallowing, walking on a bed of nails and broken glass, and witty sideshow stunts. The audience even got to participate in a balloon stomping competition.
According to Lowbrow’s press release, the show starred the following actors: Roxie Moxie and Sassy Delur, with guest stars Gogo McGregor (New Orleans), Ruby Lamb (The Jigglewatts, Austin), Michele Frances (Austin), Frannie Brown (Austin), Eric Odditorium (999 Eyes Freakshow, Austin), and host SICK (That Damned Band, Austin).The combined cornucopias of personality proved to be a tight-knit, talented cast that I would certainly pay money to see again and again.
Only two men took the stage. SICK (the host, did an immaculate job of smoothly transitioning the audience from one act to another, and Eric Odditorium, a sword swallower, mortified and mystified the audience. And of course, without the beautiful female dancers, the show would have been incomplete. When one of the girls was on stage all eyes were fixated on the fluidity and the movement of their bodies.
The ladies’ way of charming and tantalizing the audience with their sex appeal and their dancing skills – yet also able to evoke humor and sweetness at the same time – was quite moving. Meanwhile, I must admit, I yearned to be on stage dancing with the rest of the girls as I loved their feathers, headdresses, sequins, corsets, leather, lace, make-up, and self-confidence that filled the room like a rich perfume you wanted to inhale with great vigor.
Ultimately, the show was unforgettable and left everyone in good spirits.
For more information, visit www.thehighball.com.