VELVET, a celebration of acceptance, culture and disco, lands in Newcastle

IT’S dazzling and high energy – the perfect combination for anyone who wants to relive the disco glitter of the 1970s.

VELVET, billed as a “divine discotheque circus”, launched at the recently installed spiegeltent in Civic Park on Thursday, kicking off a three-week run in the city.

With ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and former Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines headlining the performance, it is promised to be “funky, fresh, fun and sexy”.

Director Craig Ilott said VELVET is “a nightclub and a state of mind – a fantasy”.

“Inspired by Studio 54, a club famous for its wild parties and hedonism but also ultimately for its culture of acceptance – blind to colour, creed, class, gender, size and sexuality,” he said.

VELVET is a celebration of that freedom.”

The performance offers entertainment to a disco soundtrack. It features the belting sounds of Marcia Hines to the awe-inspiring aerobatics of award-winning young talents.

Underneath it all is the story of a young man on the path to self-discovery.

Music director Joe Accaria said the soundtrack to the show was also a journey to discovering the complexities of the disco style.

He said the soundtrack had a contemporary feel, but stayed true to the “brilliance” of the originals.

“The dissection and discovery of the complexity of this music served to enhance our understanding of the vital components that are central to its core,” Accaria said.

VELVET is on at Civic Park until June 4. Tickets are between $49 and $79 through the Civic Theatre. Contact the box office on 4929 1977 or through the website.

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