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SATURDAY NIGHT – The “Veolia Rouge
Night” an evening jazz program

If you are asking yourself what you want to do on Saturday night from 5:00pm, look no further than the
Veolia Rouge Night with Big Band Bleu, Blanc Blues as Guest Star.

The Big Band Jazz from the Conservatory of Music of Noumea on stage

It’s just hit 5:00pm and your facing
the stage and without knowing
why your heart is beating so quickly, you realise that the Academy
of Design’s Body Art Parade has
just started. This is it! The Veolia
Rouge Night has just begun! If it
is true that English is the official
language of fifty-four countries,

France doesn’t seem to care…
With twenty-nine countries
speaking French as their official
language and seven of which use
the language daily, the number
of speakers of Moliere’s language,
French, is expected to grow to up
to 1,1 billion in 2050 (UN). Our
Swiss and Belguim neighbours

aren’t the only ones who speak
French, you know!
In light of the dark colonial legacy
of France, the Body Parade wants
to convey a message of fraternity,
beyond skin colour, place or birth, religion…
Models will parade the catwalk in
their simplest piece of clothing,

painted in the colours of our flags:
blue, white, red, green, yellow; all
the colours of the rainbow. This
is the proof that the colour is not
important… Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo
Madagascar, Cameroon, Ivory
Coast, Djibouti, Niger, Burkina
Faso, Mali, Senegal, Chad, Guinea,
Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Togo, Benin, Central African Republic, Gabon, Seychelles,
Comoros, Canada, Haiti, Vanuatu,
Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland,
Luxembourg and France: we are
all brothers and sisters.
After this symbol of collectively,
the dancers of Marissa Burgess
will arrive on stage around 6:00
p.m. in their colourful and attractive outfits with feathers and
garters. A flood of talent and
flexibility, all subject to the frantic pace of musical instruments,
their thirty minute performance
will fly by at incredible speed.
Soon enought, these beautiful ladies must leave the stage to make
way for the Big Band Bleu, Blanc,
Blues. Coming straight from the
Conservatory of Noumea, the
“French Touch will do its work”,
explains Francis Gallot, pianist
and director of the group.
With five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, the

rhythm section with bass, drums
and piano, and let’s not forget
the singer with a golden voice,
the Big Band will prevail in its
unique jazz line-up created especially for you. The jazz classics
and French songs will compete
for the spotlight! Henri Salvador
gives us the saxophone, Michel
Le-grand will be on the piano
notes, and Patricia Kaas will impress us with her hoarse voice.
The sounds of swing and Latin rhythm with implore you to
dance all night long. You will go
home happy and exhausted but
eager to come back tomorrow…
Emily Miller

Corina School of Dance
20 years of passion

@www.Corina.School.of.Dance
http://www.corinaschoolofdance.com.au/
(04) 13 691 593

1 free lesson if you bring the ad. to the Corina School of Dance

The French Cancan: The story of France’s most famous dance, relived by an Australian

Through the magic of dance,
Broadbeach will transform itself
into the streets of Montmartre,
during a time when prohibitions,
rules, modesty and niceness were
smashed to smithereens by one
unchained dance that enacted a
prescribed pandemonium… Welcome to the Moulin Rouge at the
end of the 19th century, a cabaret overflowing with passion that
flaunted garters and ruffled skirts
to speechless audiences.
You turn to your left and you see
Charles Zider, who with a confident nod signals to you that he has
the most marvellous cabaret in all
of Paris. His hold ups his glass in
your honour, a glass full of a special green nectar, strong enough to
make saints turn the other way.
You look to your right and you see
the large smile of a certain Henri
de Toulouse-Lautrec. His strange
physique has no equal except for
his heart thirsty for freedom as an
artist and painter.
It’s he who will introduce you to the
sublime dancers with high kicking
legs and enchanted costumes the
first time. And without a moment’s

notice, you are transported through
time into the middle of the 1920’s.
You’re now hand in hand with your
friends Salvador Dali, Garcia Lorca,
Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, with all of Paris right before
your eyes. These stars with multiple
talents will also succumb to the glo-

rious dancers bathed in light, who,
with virtuosity, throw their legs in
the air to a boisterous rhythm.
Flash forward again, and you are
in front of the Bluebells Girls at
the Lido. On stage one of the ladies
catches your eye and also that of
your friend Yves Montand. In front

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of a costume covered in feathers,
the world seems to cease turning.
The name of this young woman,
Corina Burgess, an Australian
whose passion for dance sent to her
to heart of the French capital, Paris.
At the end of the show you congratulate her on such a wonderful

performance. She tells you that she
joined the Bluebells when she was
seventeen, and is now a lead dancer
and a model for haute couture.
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston have been stops
along the way during a tour in
America. But although beautiful, these cities are nothing compared to her home country of
Australia. Only the glorious south of France could compete.
During your conversation, the lights
of Paris disappear and you a transported to the beaches of the Gold
Coast. You are still standing in front
of Corina Burgess. Everything that
happened previously was a dream,
it was the history of the Cancan and
the history of the professor at the
Royal Academy of Dance that you
have just seen flash before your eyes.
Since the very beginning you had
been sitting in front of the stage
of the Bonjour French Festival
watching a thirty minute show of
the Corina School of Dance.
Make sure you catch the show
on both Saturday at 4:15pm and
Sunday from 12:30pm.
Emily Miller