by Mika Belle
What do a pole dancer, the big bad wolf and a belly dancer have in common? The Red Light Variety Show.
The Red Light crew performed Mythfablore on Sept. 23 at Visual Arts Collective before a crowd of more than 100 patrons who whistled, cat-called and whimpered. This was no ordinary burlesque performance: In addition to sexy dancing, it also included hula hooping, ballet and aerial yoga, which added an eclectic twist to the show.
"We do it because it's fun, we like it and we're family," said Anne McDonald, the closest thing to a manager of the group. "And we don't mind pushing the limits."
Those limits included McDonald dirty dancing as Little Red Riding Hood and later, as a mermaid caught in a fisherman's net. The show was edgy but also artful and tasteful.
"I think it's inventive, creative and definitely sexy," said Brian Kenney, an audience member who returned this season to watch Red Light's latest show.
Red Light's Facebook page describes Mythfablore as an explanation of "the myths, fables and folklore that bind our past to the present."
Click here to see photos of Mythfablore. The show continues at VAC tonight and runs again on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.