‘Briefs: The Second Coming’ (Photo provided by NYU Skirball.)
Things heat up this January at NYU Skirball with two shows that incorporate cabaret, circus arts, drag, and more.
Cirque Alfonse: BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret
The brazenly eccentric BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret is a circus of powerful men and women, delivering edge-of-your-seat adult entertainment set to a soundtrack from a frenetic live band. Direct from Québec, Cirque Alfonse is famed for shows that explore the edges of contemporary circus. Barbu creates a strange and wonderful world, straddling old traditions with a modern edge — a wildly exuberant night out at the circus.
Cirque Alfonse’s blend of arts and circus techniques is rooted in the traditions of its Québec home. The company was founded in 2014 by the Carabinier Lepine family and acrobats who have performed with some of the world’s renowned “nouveau cirque” companies, including Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirque du Soleil, Cirkus Cirkör and many others.
January 3 & 4
Briefs: The Second Coming
Briefs: The Second Coming (American premiere) is a madcap, all-male, gender-bending cabaret – a blend of burlesque, Australian machismo and punkish swagger. Its cast of six Aussies and one New Yorker are powered by a fierce energy as they mix up a potent blend of drag, glamor and athleticism, infused with dancing, tumbling, juggling, acro-balancing, trapeze, hula hooping, lip syncing, sequins, feathers and frocks.
Briefs Factory is an internationally recognized independent artist and producer’s collective dedicated to developing and presenting bold, contemporary and inspiring collaborative work. The company established itself as a leader on the cabaret and circus world stage following the success of their flagship show Briefs, which took Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2011. Their second show, Briefs: The Second Coming, won Best Circus at Perth Fringe in 2013 and 2014; and sold out consecutive runs in London, Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Festival.
January 6 & 7
For tickets, visit nyuskirball.org.