Boogie fever has claimed the Sydney Opera House as its latest host, with Velvet Rewired playing in the Studio.
With its inception in 2015, the original Velvet sold out around the world and ignited the disco scene. Velvet Rewired reminds us that the 70s disco era, while over 40 years ago, still dazzles today.
Craig Ilott, creator and director, cleverly mixes music, dance, circus and sparkle to give audiences a Studio 54-esque night out. This modern interpretation of cabaret, along with VR’s faint plot, means that every minute of the show has a new intrigue that builds on the previous showstopping moment.
Ilott has a fantastic team supporting him with creative musical direction by Joe Accaria, breathing new life into the classic songs and era-appropriate choreography from the great Amy Campbell.
The homegrown Aerials – the incredibly nimble Beau Sargent brings his sassy dance background to the skies while the charming boy-next-door Harley Timmermans gives most Olympic gymnasts a run for their money.
The Death-defying rollerskates – Sven and Jan, imported from Germany, perform breathtaking feats at high speeds. I’ve never seen an audience have such a mix of stress, awe and shock across their faces as this duo builds throughout their performance.
The Incredible Hula boy – Flying in from Scotland, Craig Reid masterfully controls his hoops like they are extensions of his body. Through his cheeky nature, I couldn’t help but fall in love with his northern charm.
The Vocal support – What is a cabaret without music!? The two sirens, Sasha Lee Saunders and Jacinta Gulisano lend their remarkable vocals to the show while dancing the house down. Tom Sharah, no stranger to Australian stages, also shines while busting our disco classics.
The Sparkling Diamond – While the audience loved all that Velvet Rewired offered, the legendary Marcia Hines got the crowd on their feet. Still busting out effortless vocals, Marcia’s signature power electrified the room.
Walking in, I wondered who was crazy enough to open a show three days before Christmas but walking out, I say forget about the Fatman; disco is all you need this holiday season!
– The other Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is a regular on the Sydney Arts scene after living, working, and performing in London. He has a long history with theatre, and when not dabbling in the arts (which rarely ever happens), he works in scientific research and loves to travel the world trying new gin. Follow him on all the socials @talldancraig
Velvet Rewired runs for 80 minutes (no interval) and plays at the Studio, Sydney Opera House through 12 February 2023. Tickets are available through Sydney Opera House.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of IP Publicity.
Image credit: Daniel Boud.