I have covered many bands (and even a few events) at the Pourhouse over the years. The venue offers a great atmosphere along with food and wide selection of spirits. However, last Saturday night, I ventured downtown to the Pourhouse to catch Cirque du Pole. This interactive dinner show experience included a sampling of pole dance and circus art performances that played to the mystery and excitement of the senses.
As the Fall is upon us, the cooler temp outside was no match for the smoking hot atmosphere inside the Pourhouse. The event was organized by Myss Angie, of Pole and Performing Art, and highlighted various performers on pole, hammock, and trapeze along with hoop, dance, lyra, contortion, lollipop, and even bubbles … yes … bubbles. As it was a ‘dress to impress’ affair, the crowd was seen in their best attire which included women in evening gowns and cocktail dresses and men in black ties, with all wearing vintage masquerade masks. Luscious Lips by Phaedra was on demoing and selling Lipsense products. Several local businesses also sponsored raffle prizes from Expertease Fitness, Minnsky Theatre, The Rabbit Hole Studios, and The Fox Den Salon.
The performance overall was one of raw talent, edgy, part-gritty, very mesmerizing, and a beautiful display of acrobatic strength and control. The show featured high-concept routines that drew large responses from the crowd. Performers conducted each routine flawlessly and showed the grace that could easily rival classical ballet, thus making the night a huge success.
Here was the lineup of performers:
Acrobatics + Pole — Myss Angie & Cheryl
Hoop — Brittany Anne
Pole — Myss Angie, Jean Luc, Emily, Dolls of Darkness, Tria, Abbey
Hammock — Clara
Bubbles — Russel
Dance — Bobby Blu
Lyra — Jolisa
Contortion — Cheryl Birch
Lollipop — Emily
Trapeze — Double Jinx Trapeze