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The Fierceness

The Real Hot Bitches are nothing short of a phenomenon. Started only a few short years ago by a group of friends, the Bitches are a collective of “semi-professional” dancers. Their work always sweats pure energy and lycra. They don’t let a lack of technical dance skill or an active rejection of modern social public dress codes get in the way of having a good time.

After many small seasons at venues throughout Wellington, The Fierceness is the RHB hitting the proper big time. Downstage’s normally epic space is made to seem petite by the 30-strong cast being packed onto it. It is gratifying to see that something as rough, ready and Fringey as this making its way to one of the mainstream stages of Wellington. Especially when they sell out weeks in advance as they did with The Fierceness.

The Fierceness had everything you want from an RHB show, which boils basically down to semi-competent-yet-unrestrained-and-infectiously-unselfconscious dancing and many gratuitous costume changes. It was all there. The house was packed. The audience loved it.

And yet… Well, I just didn’t have nearly as good a time as I wanted or expected. The Fierceness works really hard under the guidance of Gabe McDonnell and Rosie Roberts to have a plot. We are paying witness to famed former world class semi-professional dancer Cynthia Sachet’s (Candy le Coque) auditions for her latest work. That work being The Fierceness. Time between extravagant dance numbers is spent meeting the auditionees and learning a little about their love lives. This attempt at story is far from wholly successful. It never really feels like anything other than filler as the offstage costume changes take place. It all ends up feeling just a bit too self-indulgent.

The Fierceness is, at points, the infamous party you aren’t invited to. Everyone having too much fun on stage to let you have a good time yourself. But not for long. While the story may leave something wanting, The Real Hot Bitches still rock.

The Real Hot Bitches in: The Fierceness
wri. Gabe McDonnell
dir. Gabe McDonnell and Rosie Roberts
dance dir. Emma Chinnock
perf. Bambi du Bois, Bonnie Lee, Candy le Coque, Cherry Ripe, CJ Lurtodanz, Coco la Chanelle, Cyndi Lamas-Arquette, Debrelle van Haler, Desaree Knightshade, Diamantina, Gem Wilder, Hellsta Murgatroyd, Je’mappelle Jeff, Lee-Roy Swayze, MaXine Hendrix, Megatron, Mercedes D’Silhouette, Mystique, Pearl Lusta, Pop Tart, Randi Knights, Rockit, Sasha Hot Sauce, Rex Carlisle, Tiffney Jan-Harket-Wahlberg-Wahlberg-Norris, Trixie Boom and Zontelle PomPom
At Downstage, 5 – 7 August 2010

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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