Amber Youell, Austin McCormick, Bond Street Theatre, Brett Umlauf, Brittany Palmer, burlesque, Company XIV, Gina Scherr, Greek myth, Jeff Takacs, John Eccles, John Weldon, Morningside Opera, Olivera Gajic, Sean Gannon, SIREN Baroque, Zane Pihlstrom
NOTE: Judge Me Paris closed May 28.
The story of the Judgment of Paris is familiar to anyone with a casual relationship with a classical, or even a liberal arts, education, and yet those of us who encountered it in the classroom will be surprised and delighted to see the mucusy crust of age, like sleep from your eye, brushed away from to reveal the louche potency of sex and desire of the myth.
Under the direction and choreography of Austin McCormick, Judge Me Paris (adapted from the opera The Judgment of Paris by John Eccles and John Weldon) is nothing if not sensual. On entering the foyer of the theatre you are offered a complimentary glass of champagne rosé, and if it’s not served in flutes, well nothing, nothing is perfect. Once seated in the theatre proper you are greeted by Sarah Vaughn crooning “Lullaby in Birdland.” These may seem like trivial details (in art no details are trivial) but they lead you into the proper state of mind, or rather the receptive talbla rasa of body and spirit. We are prepared for the lush hedonism of this “baroque burlesque opera,” and the performance entirely fulfills the promise of the brut champagne.