The Wild Honey Wintersun dance program kicks off with Cafe Boheme, a red carpet performance night at the Byron Community Centre inspired by jazz-age Paris, followed by four days of tribal belly dance workshops with US guests Jill Parker and Olivia Kissel.
Cafe Boheme is bursting with talent and as well as the international guests, the cast boasts the ex-junior champion ballroom dancer of New Zealand, Adrian Hewson, and ex-political advisor turned modern Gyspy dancer and comedian, Rita Markwell, who takes centre stage as the amorous cafe owner, Madame Coco Gateau.
Event organiser, Belinda Burton, says Cafe Boheme is a salon of unbridled creativity and the audience is encouraged to dress to the theme which references the revolutionary and experimental spirit of the jazz-age. ‘Apart from the incredible dance and live music there’ll be life drawing during the intermission’, says Belinda. ‘There will also be some very special costumes and props including a stunning, hand beaded, velvet art deco coat that was found in a suitcase at the tip by a family friend in 1970 and a curtain from the movie set of the Moulin Rouge.’
Cafe Boheme is at the Byron Community Centre Friday August 7pm – there is also a Community Day for families on Saturday with a range of dance, circus, craft and yoga workshops.
Cafe Boheme tickets available at www.byroncentre.com.au and Belinda – 0402 398 590.