The Greek myth 'The Judgement of Paris' gets a haute-baroque-burlesque makeover in the hands of Austin McCormick's Company XIV. More…
Sip champagne as you're transported to a French dance hall where three goddesses seduce you. Welcome to the world of Company XIV's 'Paris!,' a world premiere spectacle featuring the company's signature fusion of dance, opera, circus, theater, classical storytelling, high fashion, and startling design. The can-can girls, circus boys, and singing divas anxiously await your arrival. As with all Company XIV shows, 'Paris!' contains partial nudity. Adults only.
"Company XIV has applied its inimitable Baroque-Burlesque style to the Greek myth of the Judgement of Paris for the second time and come up with an adults-only entertainment that is like nothing else you will see this year. Conceived, directed and choreographed from the fevered imagination of Austin McCormick, ‘Paris!’ combines the arts of dance, opera, circus, theater, storytelling and high fashion to tell of the competition between the goddesses for the Golden Apple." Full Review
"Words cannot describe how amazing it was to sit and experience this but this show left us #shook. We were so shook. One of the major highlights of this show for us were the musical numbers. Athena, played by Marcy Richardson, stole the show when performing Adele’s 'Skyfall' while doing an incredible and intricate pole dance routine...Trust us when we say that this show is something that you have to see. Everybody needs a little burlesque in their lives." Full Review
"There is a ton of talent both on the stage and behind the scenes here, but it’s a very adult entertainment, presented in an unusual manner. It is a completely unique, dazzling, riveting, mash-up of entertainment genres...But don’t expect to be titillated, expect to be enchanted...'Paris' is an immersive experience that wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant collaboration between all the designers who create an entire world apart from everyday reality." Full Review
"Company XIV’s 'Paris' is an amazing, debaucherous, and ultimately, goddamned sexy telling of the ancient Greek myth the Apple of Love, and the Apple of Discord...Some of the hottest and creative burlesque routines I’ve seen in a long time...You don’t want to know how well they adapt the Greek tale. You want to know if it’s hot. And it is. Dear goddess it is...You want to know if it’s sexy? Yes, the show brought the sex, tumescently so." Full Review
"The genius director/choreographer Austin Mccormick's Company XIV remains one of the most exciting performing arts companies New York has to offer...In between specialty acts, McCormick's ensemble, who always flash exuberant personalities, perform the company's signature can-cans, model an imaginative array of fetish gear and even partake in something resembling a sheep orgy. But remarkably, it all comes off as giddy and good-natured fun." Full Review
"Makes the cold fall nights in New York hot and sexy again...From the dim pink light in the bathroom, to the silky cushions on the couches and tart pinching of champagne in your mouth, XIV tunes the mood through every element that accompanies the theater viewing experience, making it truly immersive...I must say that the choice would be very difficult if I were asked to pick the most fascinating performance…It’s wonderful that you don’t have to choose and can enjoy every number equally." Full Review
"It’s meant to be enjoyed with liberal drinks and food, and the focus here is on the dancing, circus, and the costumes (by a gifted Zane Pihlstrom); the story is irrelevant...The Irondale Center's problem is its size. I wanted a cozier sense of seduction to wrap me in at 'Paris!' And, in the balcony, I struggled with the sound, missing entire speeches of dialogue...Only noticeable in comparison to the rest of the perfection of the evening’s offerings." Full Review
"There are many elements that make this show special, but perhaps its most universal appeal is that 'Paris' shines light on a great many facets of human sexuality. There are moments of tawdry thrusting and heaving piles of quaking bodies; yet there are, too, silhouettes of lovers that steal one’s breath away, and even quieter moments of solitude and fear that expose the vulnerabilities integral to human sexuality. In 'Paris,' sex is funny, scary, beautiful, sad, and, ultimately, a mystery." Full Review
"If there is one thing director/choreographer Austin McCormick (Company XIV) can be accused of it's that he consistently puts on a titillating, atmospheric and imaginative show...The show gets off to a slow start with an abbreviated take on the classic can-can dance...The show picks up steam later in the act when Paris and Mercury (played by the chiseled Todd Hanebrink) dance a beautiful pas de deux to Vivaldi...Momentum builds with the competition between the three goddesses." Full Review
"While the show does find its stride, the use of prerecorded music, especially in the first act, makes it feel like a vital element of the show is not fully realized. Yes, there is (quite good) singing and excellent dance, but rarely is an instrument played on stage and it seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. Overall, 'Paris' is a highly entertaining, sensual production with its fair share of surprises, wow moments, and mesmerizing visuals that ensure everyone has a great time." Full Review
"The audience with Paris easily falls in love with each character along the way...You really don’t need to be that familiar with the mythological tale, because 'Paris' is about the intimacy, extravagance, opulence, skillfulness, and playful humor that is so specific to this company; it starts when you enter the venue and ends sometime after the show is over and you’ve already exited -- like a piece of glitter stuck to your cheek, it stays with you." Full Review
"'Paris' starts slowly, partly because all the music in the first act is recorded...But in the second act, when the beauty contest begins in earnest, you see the power of the undertaking...You may go for the titillation, and you'll get it, but you'll stay for the strong performances and the depth of musical interpretation, the incomparable pole dancing, and the numerous offhand vignettes that stud the spaces between the big production numbers. " Full Review
See it if A super sexy production with highly skilled dancers in fabulous costumes and very high production quality.
Don't see it if It runs a little on the long side, and the incense are overkill, but I am not docking points because the visuals are gorgeous.
See it if I am a huge fan of anything and everything Company XIV does. This show is the best yet - one of the rare times I never looked at my watch.
Don't see it if You don't like non traditional shows or don't want to see nudity.
See it if You are not afraid of some skin and sexuality, and want to be blown away by great singers and performers. Like a cool burlesque show.
Don't see it if You're prudish or have sexual insecurities. There's a lot of skin and touching between both females and males. If that's an issue, grow up.
See it if You enjoy ballet, opera, contemporary dance, and lavish sets with a sexy and thrilling twist. You are blown away by a multi-talented cast.
Don't see it if You are not interested in making a trip to Brooklyn (It's worth it). You are under the age of 18.
See it if you like fabulous dancing, extraordinary singing and amazing acrobatics done in sparkly corsets and court shoes. And they're very funny.
Don't see it if pan-sexuality and bawdiness make you uncomfortable.
See it if Jewel of Company XIV repertory with Charlotte Bydwell lending her many talents to support and enhance the story as MC; beautiful choreograph
Don't see it if Irondale Center seating can be tight and uncomfortable in chairs; follows a standard Company XIV format so no surprises for veterans
See it if You want to see classical dance, opera, theater and vaudeville exploded with burlesque into a new format and don't mind nudity!
Don't see it if You're under 16, at all prudish, or not into seeing the human body glorified.
See it if you enjoy elaborately staged raunchy eye candy and performers with unusual multi-faceted musical, dance and ecdysiast talent.
Don't see it if offended by exhibitionist displays of male and female nudity.
See it if you like laid back "cabaret" atmosphere, sexy dancers, and epic singers; if you want to experience something truly unique
Don't see it if You want to bring the kids to something or are offended by lots of skin and sexual themes. The story also becomes a bit secondary.
See it if you enjoyed other productions from CoXIV; suggestive adult entertainment; great dancing/burlesque performances by everyone!
Don't see it if you are sitting on the sides of the stage (bad sight lines), balcony seating is fine in the new space!
See it if you like cabaret/burlesque and are interested in seeing a show that combines this tradition with a bit of linear storytelling.
Don't see it if nudity/coarse language offend you; this show is unabashedly forward & in-your-face; it's fun, but if it's not for you this won't change that
See it if You want a cabaret style setting with drinks and tables. You enjoy burlesque and a mix of musical styles from opera to rock
Don't see it if You need to understand every word on stage. You are bothered by nudity or a very light take on Greek mythology
See it if you love opera / classical music, and love the idea of it providing the backdrop for sexy choreography in gorgeous costumes and lighting
Don't see it if you are not into burlesque or near-nudity or anything in which genders are "bent"
See it if You'll enjoy the great dancing and fun burlesque atmosphere. Very talented dancers/performers. 2 hours 15 min including 2 intermissions.
Don't see it if Huge blinding spotlights are directly into audience members' eyes throughout parts of the show, and smell of incense can be a bit much.
See it if You like theater that's different and "out there", like music and dance and acrobatics and circus, and not a faithful myth retell. It's fun.
Don't see it if Don't like genderbending, nudity, lewd(ish) dance/staging, are prudish, or want traditional theater. Watch the videos and know what's up b4.
See it if The sound and lighting was bad, which ruined it for us. I see the potential, but the ratings here overhyped the experience. Only sit below.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexuality and provocative costumes.
See it if you think you'd enjoy a mix of pop, opera, burlesque, ballet and theater. Great dancing, impressive singing and choreography.
Don't see it if seeing nearly naked talent bothers you.
See it if ABSOLUTELY MUST see Company XIV's Paris! Not kidding! Buy a ticket ASAP! Sexy as hell! Their absolute best show yet!!! SEE THIS PRODUCTION!
Don't see it if You don't enjoy opulent settings, exquisite dancing, ravishing women & alluring men, pasties, codpieces, nudity, rhinestones & opera! HA!
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