The wait is over… Leggings Are Not Pants is finally here and it really is everything it’s cracked up to be. Showing as a Midsumma Premier Event at 45 Downstairs from the 1st to the 5th of Feb, if you don’t get tickets your life will always have a bit of emptiness to it.
My understanding is that LANP emerged from a Creative Act Development class that grew out of the advanced Chinese Pole class, plus a few additional Women’s Circus members with specific skills that were needed.
According to the Facebook page LANP takes the controversial stand that there are no boundries to gender identity, but there are to lycra.
Now I have as yet not seen the entire LANP show but I have seen the snippets from the fundraisers at the Drill Hall and Red Bennies as well as the sneak peek from Carnival and I’m am literally counting the minutes until I can see the whole thing in all it’s glory. So far LANP has got me in three different ways.
1. TALENT. OMG can these ladies climb poles, stand on each other and rock some legging SWAG. Plus some of them sing, they all dance (and encourage audience participation in that element) and they’re bloody funny. I can’t even begin to wax lyrical enough about the crazy upside-down and inside-out mad skills you’re gonna see at this show.
2. SUBSTANCE. If you’re thinking circus shows are all about doing crazy awesome tricks which while amazing don’t actually tell a story past the obvious you’re in for a big surprise. The LANP ladies have taken questions about gender identity, sexuality, lust and relationships and answered them with lycra, workwear and rocking live tunes. This isn’t just chicks doing tricks, they’re also telling a story about societies structures, hegemonic sexuality discourse and the enforced boundries to gender. Swoon!
3. SEX. Muscley women, hanging upside-down and back-to-front on metal poles and each other while telling stories of lust and socio-political theory…. well maybe it’s just me but god that’s hot. Plus, I get to pretend I’m as cool as them coz I learnt the dance which the invite people to join with in the finale.
So while this review pre-dates opening night and I haven’t seen the whole shebang yet, I can guarantee this is a show not to be missed and sincerely hope that you won’t be one of the unlucky ones that ends up going through life without this experience in it. Tickets are onsale now and selling fast so get onto the 45 downstairs website and get your tickets now.
Season runs Wed 1st Feb to Sunday 5th Feb with two shows on Saturday the 4th.
disclaimer:!: I actually know a few of the performers in LANP and so my opinions might be considered somewhat biased. I’d like to point out that I have a hightened sense of professionalism so the attractiveness of the entire cast has no bearing on my opinions and does not detract from their total awesomeness and talent. Thanks