It’s been three years this January since the passing of legendary rock star David Bowie, and since his death many tribute shows have popped up – but none have pushed the boundaries of blended performance crafts quite like Rebel.
Premiering as part of the 2019 Midsumma Festival program, and choreographed, directed and produced by Melbourne’s Highwire Entertainment, Rebel is a solid act, combining music, circus acrobatics and visual art into a live concert, glam rock and roll cabaret with heart stopping physical feats, a costume selection to die for and enough talent to make you sick.
We witnessed roller skating trapeze, a hoops routine performed in eleven inch wedges, flames, flare and a bloke working an aerial pole in a pair of high top chucks like it was nothing, backed by a band of triple talented musicians. Bowie’s best hits were brought to life by the exceptionally charismatic Stewart Reeve, who’s amazing voice features enough embodiment of the Thin White Duke to bring each song perfectly to life, but still retain his own vocal flavour.
The absolute highlight for us was the incredible Space Oddity, paired with a stunning aerial silk display in cosmic shades of blue. Heavenly. Pun intended.
The iconic venue was filled with a broad audience mix spanning several generations – a testament to the reach, inspiration and influence of Bowie’s music and the lives he touched during his rock and roll reign.
Rebel is a glittering, intimate show which had its audience singing along to every word and dancing in their seats. Our only complaint – we wanted more.
Bowie lovers, ‘snort the glitter off your favourite vinyl’, get online now and book your tickets to this limited run Midsumma mini-masterpiece before it finishes on Sunday.
Where: The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood (stop #19 on the 86 tram)
When: 30-31 January 1-3 February, 7pm
More information & tickets: Check out midsumma.org.au