The Mystery of Elle at Les Girls: a waste of talent, parody opportunity

Elle was an example of talented artists trying to be subversive, rejecting the basic rules of theatrical pacing, simply hell bent on using the slowest aspects of butoh and little else to convey a dark narrative inside a strip club. An opportunity wasted, and a big waste of talent.

The program could have been more successful as a complete and sleazy variety show, or a dark comedy. Imagine Dan Aykroyd’s character, Leonard Pinth Garnell, and how he introduced the “Bad Ballet” parody on Saturday Night Live. This was very bad butoh ballet indeed. Elle was best viewed as a parody, extreme yet simpleton in every way.

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‘La Femme Tragique’ at Les Girls


I am not a big fan of burlesque and rarely enjoy butoh – so many sad characters and powdered angst.  But Kata Pierce’s press release caught my attention:  Golden Corpse Butoh Ensemble presents “La Femme Tragique: The Story of Memorie” at Les Girls Theater. Les Girls is an all-nude strip club off Rosecrans. It’s hard…

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