When MATADOR first came to Melbourne as part of the Midsumma Festival in May, it sold out its run of shows. It also sold out its national tour in 2019 and its encore season in Brisbane before an award-winning debut at Adelaide Fringe in 2021. The spectacle that has wowed critics and audiences alike returns to Melbourne next week and opens at the Athenaeum Theatre on Wednesday 1 December. But, with a limited run of only five shows, the time to buy your ticket is now.
Produced by Melbourne-based Bass Fam, MATADOR is a stage production that tells a tale as old as time. But it does so with non-stop entertainment thanks to its mix of high energy routines, beautiful contemporary and ballet acts, as well as its sultry Latin numbers that fuse throughout the show with burlesque, a bit of pole dancing and audacious aerial acts.
And all of this is backed by a contemporary soundtrack of songs that speak of love, desire, betrayal, revenge, acceptance and forgiveness for an emotionally-charged journey.
Its 14 performers, from its protagonists—the seductress Matador, played by Pip Keltie, and the object of her desire, the Bull played by Christopher Politis—to the rest of the cast that carries the audience through the range of emotions of any love story are incredible.
So too are the costumes, which change from scene to scene and add to the sensual atmosphere of the dance production that doubles as theatre and circus all rolled into one.
MATADOR explores the many faces of love, complete with its trials and tribulations, its pain and its ecstasy, and the bonds that bind friends as well as lovers. It’s fiery, it’s passionate, it’s what love is.
Critics have said:
Matador is up there with some of the best. (All About Entertainment)
If you’ve forgotten how to dance, how to love, or you just want to get your heartbroken by something other than a virus, ‘MATADOR’ is the show to see. (Scenestr)
An epicurean surrender to the spectacle … This is not a performance you will forget in a hurry. (Australian Arts Review)
The 90-minute spectacle opens at the Athenaeum Theatre on Wednesday 1 December and closes on Saturday 4 December with shows at 7:30pm and one matinée performance on the Saturday.
Get your tickets to MATADOR, a fiery fusion of dance, burlesque and circus, before they’re all gone because if the past is anything to go by, it will sell out. Tickets from $69.