If you’re heading down to Pacha Sydney’s first show this weekend, be prepared for an even crazier season of cutting edge production, head-turning costumes and intricate choreography, all thanks to this season’s new creative team.
Teaming up with two of Australia’s most highly respected directors and choreographers, The Squared Division duo Antony Ginandiar and Ashley Evans is responsible for the next four spectacular shows. Expect breaths to be taken away by themes of avant-garde, burlesque, Parisian cabaret and haute couture, all while celebrating the sexiness of the female body.
When asked if Australia is more welcoming of the crazy concepts birthed by the two, they had this to say: “Absolutely. When we worked with Ke$ha’s performance on X-Factor, we had male dancers in military jackets and underwear. I don’t think we could have done that in the States, it would have caused a stir. You have to respect and adapt to the culture – we’re working in Asia next and things will definitely be toned down because of a more demure upbringing.”
Having worked with international artists such as Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift and Rita Ora, I wanted to know: who was born to boogie, and who really had to work hard at it? “Well Britney was born a dancer – she came out of the womb with a high kick” laughs Ashley. “But Ke$ha has this fun attitude and works really hard to get it right – combined with her own style and ‘I-don’t-give-a-fuck’ attitude, she puts on a great show” said Antony.
But the show they’re most looking forward to this season is with Tigerlily – and it seems the feeling is mutual. “I’m thrilled to collaborate with The Squared Division on my new show. They have worked with the biggest pop stars dress in the world and bring an amazing energy to the project. The idea of my own show has been in the works for a while and now it’s ready to come to life at Pacha Sydney. I’m going to be so excited on 21 February that I might cry” said Dara Hayes, aka Tigerlily.
So if you’re already an avid Pacha fan, what can you expect to see differently this season? “We wanted to create a better quality of dancers – anyone can have a pretty face, but when people are watching this season, we want them to look up and say ‘I want to be her!’” Antony said.
The first Pacha Sydney show starts this Saturday 24th, headlined by MaRLo. To purchase tickets, click here.