Every time I Fringe I have the same problem: After reading through the program, I'm bombarded with redundancies as most of the shows start to sound the same to me. They aren't the same, I know. But they could be (you know?). Of course, then I fell upon Cherry Typhoon and Her Burlesque Ninjas. "Burlesque" and "Ninjas" being two words I've never seen side by side, I was immediately engaged. Need more than a title? No problem. Cherry Typhoon is possibly the most hilarious Neo-Burlesque-meets-traditional-Japanese-what-is-happening-this-is-awesome-extravaganza in the Montreal Fringe Festival this year.
Considering Typhoon's political and stylistic agenda, this is sure to be a show you will have nothing to compare to. It is traditional burlesque with, in the best twist ever, Japanese Burlesque ninjas. You will have to laugh. The sheer edge of it will leave you with no other option. The guarantee? You'll be watching a world renowned burlesque performer, perhaps the only one from Japan you'll ever see. The good news? When you love it, you'll be able to track Typhoon down and see her again. She plans to produce two burlesque shows a year, the next one in the early spring of 2015. I have no idea what that show will be about but, I'm willing to bet it will be something fabulous that I've never seen before.
CHECK IT OUT!
Cherry Typhoon and her Burlesque Ninjas opens June 9 at The Wiggle Room.
Additional performances on June 10-11, 13-18 and the 20th.
All ticket and show information here.