With Croatia's premier tourist island moving into peak season, the focus is on the exclusive waterfront and mega-yachts, as the rich and famous moor up on one of Europe's most exclusive waterfronts, but there is also plenty of interest away from the waterfront, including a stunning cabaret and burlesque show at new club Pink Champagne, as witnessed by Digital Journal on July 18, 2012.
While there are many nightly acts up and down the Adriatic coast, there can be few of the calibre of the show on Hvar, which features dancers from the infamous Crazy Paris Cabaret, as well as star performer Lada Redstar, winner of the 2012 London World Burlesque Games earlier this year (see video below).
The show is the latest addition to Hvar's legendary nightlife, best known for the Carpe Diem Full Moon parties on Stipanska beach, and made even more famous following the antics of Prince Harry in a Veneranda swimming pool in 2011, but Pink Champagne owner Damir Maric felt there was a gap in the market, as he explained to the Adriatic Times
“Our programme is for a restaurant public. It’s for those who do not know where to go after dinner for they are not keen on house parties or discos for teenagers. The restaurant owners have been warning for a long time that guests after dinner have been asking where to go and there was nothing to recommend until now.”
The group comprises some of the best cabaret dancers in Europe, with vast experience in the top arenas, and their arrival on Hvar is a coup for the island's luxury image. Crazy Paris Cabaret was founded in 2008 by sisters Anya and Yasna Stevovic, after they decided to design their own acts and choreographs, working with top performers from houses such as Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse Paris.
The result is a spectacular show, in terms of costume, dance and music, but also audience engagement. Interspersed with the cabaret is the outstanding performance of leading burlesque performer Lada Redstar, whose costumes and performances were outstanding. Digital Journal caught up with her after the show, to learn more about her background and career.
Now living in Berlin, Lada Redstar is from Sarajevo and left Bosnia in 2004, moving into the burlesque scene with her first show in 2005 where she quickly enjoyed success with her original routines and costumes. Real name Lada Tvrtkovic, she takes her stage name from the old communist youth organisation, the Pioneers, of which she was a member in the last year of its existence.
Despite a Master's degree in Archaeology, burlesque is her first love, and she has achieved international fame in a short space of time, performing as far away as China and Japan. Working with designer Sara Costantini from Milan, her outfits are made in Finland, England, Paris and Italy, with feathers from the south of France.
A punishing international travel schedule has been interspersed with an extended spell on Hvar - the show will run until September 20 - which has given her a chance to re-acquaint herself with memories of the Adriatic Sea from her childhood.
Reaction to the show - and the concept - has been overwhelmingly favourable, and in some surprising quarters, with the Adriatic Times
interviewing an 86 year-old local resident in what is quite a conservative society:
The old lady from the window, 86-year-old Mrs. Mira, unexpectedly spoke up. “When I was young I wore even higher heels”, she said smiling while her dog obediently participated in taking photographs. It seems that Mira is not the least disturbed by Dixie’s pink flake decorated costume with pearls.