I’ve been having fun at the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year. Working in Carlton there are loads of shows within walking distance of my office and they’re all so reasonably priced! So when the opportunity to go see Candy Bowers of Sista She awesomeness perform a show about body positivity and loving the you (pretty much my job focus) I was all over that shit.
Candy B is a bit of a legend in my books. Sista She rocked out of obscurity around the time I was starting to get interested in attending comedy/fringe events. Sarah Ward her partner in that adventure performed as her alter ego Yana Alana at a YWCA function when I was still a student and Candy was very involved in working with young women with YWCA Victoria when I first joined the organisation as an employee. I’ve worked in young women’s programs for nearly four years now, primarily on issues of body image and self esteem with high school students and Candy’s agenda of celebrating and focusing on love of the body ties so well with what I do and my own opinions about the state of the world and women’s bodies.
Australian Booty, her 2011 Fringe show was no disappointment. Clad in a figure hugging, red dress that celebrated everything that is great about Candy’s body and failing to hit a bad note in her singing, dancing, comedy and message. I was once again captivated by a woman who so successfully smashes any common prejudices about women in comedy, black women, curvy women, women in hip hop and women with an agenda.
Attending with my friend the dietician, who is obsessed with food, we drooled over her worship of good nutrition (food, food, food), wet our pants at her attempts to booty dance to Gotye and I personally, felt a particular connection over her admission of fancying the gingers (I too share this dirty little secret Candy).
Candy B can dance, she can sing, she can make a room full of strangers laugh while still focusing on the damaging effects of a world obsessed with unachievable standards of beauty and a failure to recognise diversity within our population.
Fringe is nearly over but you can still get to her show tonight and tomorrow night and if you fancy a funny night where you get to go deep within your booty and love it passionately. I can’t recommend Australian Booty highly enough.