It’s illogical to expect perfection from a show with “Bohemia” in the title. Bohemia may technically be a historical region in central Europe, but it conjures images of creativity without boundaries or limits. And since expectations always inevitably influence a spectator’s perception of any spectacle, I kept mine in check last Saturday night at Gildwerks.
A burlesque-heavy variety show staged at a warehouse space, Bohemia: Jester’s Court was loosely tied together by an anti-authoritarian premise. Considering most if not all of the actors were Burners (Burning Man attendees), this was hardly surprising–Burners aren’t exactly known for following rules. Striptease, drama, snake dance, comedy, stilts, aerial, contact juggling, fire and more striptease filled out the program (breasts filled out the corsets). The Jester in question hosted said shenanigans with gusto and cajones. Fantastic Hosts’ DJ Milk soundtracked the action with Bjork, Beats Antique and more.
Bohemia has a few kinks to be worked out. Then again, kink often works in its favor.
George Peele enjoys strapping on height enhancers and aurally ambushing strangers. He is Music Features Editor for dev-303magazine.pantheonsite.io. Follow Peele on Twitter: @Orangepeelmoses. Avatar image courtesy Jonathan Shoup.