Time Out Melbourne

This event has finished

Pole dancing is an art form waiting to be recontextualised, says Cathy Adamek, who’s bring a cabaret-style show and pumping techno soundtrack to Gasworks

Cathy Adamek didn't know what to expect the night that she wandered into a seedy Adelaide strip club. As a classically trained ballet dancer and performer she was hardly their usual clientele, but had promised a friend that she would come along to help research her latest novel. Amongst the tawdry ‘80s décor and cheap cocktails, Cathy had anticipated little more than a few laughs, but instead she encountered inspiration. “Suddenly there was this incredible kind of physically amazing acrobatic form,” she says, “and quite beautiful as well. And I kind of went, wow, that’s amazing.”

Until recently, pole dancing has often been regarded as the domain of sleazy nightclubs, designed to attract and titillate their drunken male patrons. The incredible strength required to pull off a 'Diva Dive' or 'Backwards Showgirl' was often lost on an audience who had far more salacious interests. When Cathy first encountered pole dancing in 2005, she immediately realised that it had the potential to be much more. “This is just an art form waiting to be recontextualised and just discovered and brought out into the light,” she said, “Here it just happens to have been taken up as a stripper burlesque form, but I think it’s just one increment away from it being a male and female both artistic and sports form.”

Just two years after that moment of inspiration, Cathy’s pole dance extravaganza Polecats had a sell-out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show combined her newfound love of the pole with her lifetime of experience in more formal performance disciplines. The result was an intriguing amalgam of contemporary dance, ballet, pole dancing, physical theatre and burlesque cabaret that went on to amaze audiences and win several awards including “most enthusiastic audience member”.

Now after taking a break to study and have her first child, Cathy Adamek is bringing Polecats back for a national tour that will include performances at The Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Gasworks. The soundscape for the show has been designed by techno legend DJ HMC, who has been a part of Adelaide’s underground scene for the last two decades; the performers hail from a variety of dance backgrounds, including one male dancer who trained as a Chinese acrobat. So if you’re still under the impression pole dancing is all smut and no style, Polecats is sure to shake up your preconceptions and have you slipping on a pair of plastic stilettos in no time.

By Caitlin Beech   |  

Polecats details

Address
21 Graham St, Albert Park 3206

Telephone 03 9699 3253

Price $51.00 to $54.00

Date 06 Feb 2013-09 Feb 2013

Open 8pm

Gasworks map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

The Graham

344m - This elegant restaurant and wine bar in North Melbourne is the place for...

DOC Albert Park

467m - The DOC crew are making sure that Albert Park gets its fair share of pizza...

The Petty Officer

480m - Located just a competent frisbee throw from Albert Park beach, where gym...

The Vincent

523m - Taking its inspiration from the work of Vincent Van Gogh this upmarket bar...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

A Simple Affair

665m - Despite its namesake, there’s a lot going on at this wellness centre, with...

Habitots

748m - Forget kiddie gyms and adventure playgrounds – this pop-up activity hub...

Around Port Phillip

757m - The City of Port Phillip is located south of Melbourne's CBD and next...

More venues nearby

You might also like

Best dishes

Best dishes

The very best things we put in our mouths this month

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus