Vanessa de Largie | Milk Bar Magazine | February 12, 2015
Do Valentines Day Cards make you vomit in your mouth? Well, guess what? You’re not alone!
On Sunday, February 15th, Pandemonium Events bring you The Anti Valentine’s Show. The production celebrates everything against the cliché of love – bondage, wild women, the loose and the lustful. The line-up of pole-talent is enough to make you moist.
People often think of sleaze when they think about pole dancing, but Pandemonium Events are working hard to change that attitude.
Their most recent creation Pandora’s Box showcases strippers that have turned their skills into an artform. The show includes comedy pole, contemporary pole – as well as an array of twerkers, angle-grinders and aerialists.
The mission of Pandemonium Events, founded by Alessandra Izzo, is to educate the public and change their often negative perception of pole dancing.
Victorian Pole Champion Lisa D says: “Pole dancing has begun to find acceptance as a legitimate art form in mainstream culture. It was recently used in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics and is often included in talent programs and circuses all around the world. Pandemonium events are not just a thrilling visual spectacle, they help to further de-stigmatise pole art and draw the attention of the public to this amazing sport.”
Pole dancing is an issue that can often polarise the community. It is not an activity reserved for strippers, but rather a sport that recently turned 10 in Australia. In 2004, only one pole dancing studio existed in Melbourne; yet in 2015 there are over 100 in business. Despite these facts, public perception has been slow to evolve with the media not helping matters.
Recently controversy erupted over children being involved in the sport. Channel 9 aired a segment about a Canberra studio, where members of the public were up in arms over the ‘sexualisation’ of children. It was reported in The Canberra Times, which resulted in a massive backlash on their Facebook Page.
Kudos to founder Alessandra Isso who’s had the courage to breakdown stereotypes and negative assumptions. It is a feminist step forward for women and the sport.
Don’t miss The Anti-Valentines Show brought to you by Pandemonium Events. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 8pm.
The Anti-Valentines Day Show
The GH Hotel, 1 Brighton Road, St Kilda
Sunday February 15, 7pm