I think this Kansas City, Mid-America, white-bread female deserves to have attending a New York City burlesque show count as an adventure point.
A couple weeks ago, a friend invited me to attend Spiegelworld’s Empire show. Unfamiliar with the show, I typed in a simple Google search and was quickly taken aback to learn that it was a “burlesque meets cirque de soleil” event. Intrigued by the new and unique experience and encouraged by the awesome reviews, I said “when in Rome” (or, you know, New York) and accepted.
Opening up the show was a woman dressed in a nude leotard dancing in a Gaga-like plastic ball. Unfortunately I did not get pictures, but this ball opened and she did a dance routine hanging by her legs.
The show then continued with other interesting antics such as a half-naked man balancing about 40 sticks on his head.
Followed by a man and a woman scantily dressed wearing roller skates dancing and spinning on an elevated platform.
Not pictured: the show consisted of a man doing a routine in a human hamster ball, a three woman gymnastics routine, a woman performing a routine with about 50 hula hoops and many more.
The show concluded with the whole cast doing a grand finale with a man, dressed as a gorilla, balancing on about five stacked chairs acting like King Kong (how New York appropriate).
All in all, I highly recommend the show. It was funny, entertaining and certainly eye-opening: you would not get this kind of entertainment in Columbia, Missouri that is for sure.