Retro Futurismus

Retro Futurismus_editorialIn a world premiere, Anni and Maude Davey join creative forces with Anna Lumb (Pocket Rocket) and Gabi Barton (The Town Bikes) to present Retro Futurismus, a new future-focussed vaudeville with a retro twist: post-burlesque, anti internet, completely live – at fortyfivedownstairs for a limited season until 20 June 2015.

In this cabaretic prognostication, the Davey twins – both legends of the early 21st century Melbourne cabaret and circus milieu, channel the visions of the cultural prophets who led us into the this century – Fritz Lang, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, Bjork and Barbarella.

An exhilarating, immersive variety show crammed with nostalgia for the present, Retro Futurismus features anger-gendered dance artists, gravity-less circus acts, siren songs, boutique burlesque, and breathtaking performance art. Join us here – NOW never looked more like the future.

Each night will feature explosive interruptions from guest artists including Stella Angelico, Leah Shelton (Polytoxic), Joseph Chetty, Glitter and Snatch, James Andrews & Benjamin Hancock, Simone Page-Jones & Teresa Blake.

Describing their inspiration for the show, Anni and Maude said: “In the 1990s, we called what we were doing Cabaret. Then Cabaret became one woman shows about Eva Cassidy or stand up with songs. In the 2000s, we called it Burlesque. Then Burlesque became strip tease in vintage frocks.”

“If we call it Variety in the twenty teens, Variety will probably morph into some other form of narcotising consumerist spectacle. But for the few years in which this new Variety is soft and alive, exploding and mutating, discovering itself, it will be the most exciting thing around!”

Retro Futurismus, an immersive performance extravaganza presenting an alternative nostalgic vision of the present.

Retro Futurismus
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Season: 11 – 28 June 2015
Bookings: (03) 9662 9966 or online at:

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Image: Anni and Maude Davey in Retro Futurismus