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posted Friday, February 16, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 07
A love story for the ages: Can Can's marriage of dance, dinner, and debauchery
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A love story for the ages: Can Can's marriage of dance, dinner, and debauchery

by Jessica Price - SGN Contributing Writer

ROMEO + JULIET
CAN CAN
KITCHEN & CABARET
Through April 29


Stepping into the subterranean depths of the Can Can in the historic Pike Place Market is the tiniest bit disconcerting, as if you're entering a dimly lit world where exotic bejeweled dancers reside, hidden behind curtains and down secret passages where they can see you, but you can't yet see them. A bevy of waggish servers whisk you to your seat, tempting you with libations before you can fully grasp where you are or where you're sitting in relationship to the door, the stage, the bar. But surrendering to an evening of harmless, gorgeous chaos is what patrons of the Can Can come for. That and a market fresh dinner, of course.

The Can Can as we know it today, tucked just inside the Market's main entrance, was founded in 2005 under the visionary eye of Chris Pink, who turned the once-hip-but-firmly-out-to-kitschy-pasture Patti Summers Lounge into The Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret. Having been a hotspot for lovers and late-night drinkers for over twenty years before Chris got a hold of it, the cabaret comes by its dimly lit romanticism honestly.

Initially, Chris envisioned a cabaret-style dinner theater with servers that could sing or break for a quick round of the can can, interacting with customers in multiple capacities. His curation has always been egalitarian, from modern dance to rock to talented singer-songwriters such as Vince Mira, who Chris has long been a champion of. Eventually a separation of servers and performers took place, while the kitchen's nightly offering received a greater emphasis and later, family-friendly brunch shows were added to the more risqué late-night productions. Focusing on dancers that were both technically skilled and vivacious enough to entertain the crowd nestled just over the footlights proved to be a home run. Cornish graduate Rainbow Fletcher became Can Can's choreographer, and soon the weird and wonderful Can Can Castaways were born. Mixing cutting edge music with re-interpretations, thematic winks, and remixed classics, the Can Can's performances quickly gained momentum with their quirky, physical modernity, a little flash of burlesque, and a helping of teacup-sized aerial.

Fae Pink, Chris's wife and co-owner, performed with dance-heavy burlesque residents The Heavenly Spies, alternating with The Castaways or other performers. Quickly the tiny cabaret grew a well-earned reputation for performances featuring skilled artists who delivered a controlled, polished chaos that could wow both wandering tourists and date night thrill-seekers. At the same time, a Vaudevillian-style family atmosphere grew backstage. Well-known Seattle dancers such as Rainbow, Faggedy Randy, Fiona Minx, Mod Carousel, and Jonny Boy all found early homes on the Can Can stage.

'Traditionally we have developed talent over extended periods of time,' Fae Pink explains via email. 'Jonny Boy for instance started performing at Can Can 12 years ago and is now a partner in the business due to his undying motivation and love for the company. We love fostering the development of our dancers over long periods of time. It is extremely rewarding to hire a dancer that is somewhat new to the stage and see them blossom into a seasoned performer that bring their own nuances to our little stage under the Pike Place Market.'

Currently the talent at Can Can has grown and developed as Fae described, some gaining the knowledge and fan base to create other ventures. Fiona aka 'Le Minx' left only this month to launch the newly christened Valtesse Productions but remains a part of the extended Can Can family. 'We definitely refer to our employees and dancers as the 'Can Can Fam'. Even when we bring new people into our ecosystem they quickly become family because we spend so much time together. Our dancers spend up to 14 shows a week in a pretty small dressing room together...you can't help but feel like your fellow performers are a part of your weird little chosen cabaret family,' she says.

'As for dancers, we like them to be classically trained and have a good technical foundation to adapt to the many genres we explore. We also love it when we find an excellent singer that can dance - like one of our newer performers. Joel Domenico. He is playing Romeo in our latest production and continues to wow us with his ability to bring an entire audience to tears and then turn around and have them in stitches. He continues to grow with each new production he is a part of.'

Can Can's newest production Romeo + Juliet is part of the citywide Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare Festival and is a rare venture into classical narrative for a typically modern artistic team. But don't expect old-fashioned Shakespeare here. 'When we got a call from David Armstrong at 5th Ave asking us to be a part of Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare we were excited to do something out of the norm from our general vignette style performances,' Fae says.

'We are pulling out all the stops for this particular show. We will have an original score that has been created by Chris Pink and David Pezzner with additional score by Justin Hartinger. Jonny Betchtel and J.C. Benard have been hard at work in our scene shop building a new apparatus. I have been having fun focusing on the romantic parts of the story and creating sexual tensions between performers rather than creating tension through violence and death (although there are touches of that as well),' she confides.

Fae has been instrumental in choreography and costuming for the last four years, though for Romeo, the creative team hired Michael Notestine as a stylist and costumer. The spring show runs February 9 through April 29 and will give audiences a chance to get cozy with dancers both seasoned and newer to the Can Can's stage. As for making the most of the little stage under Pike Place Market, as a performer and producer, Fae is extremely fond of it. 'Can Can was always my favorite place to perform and now it's my favorite place to create. There's a sense of magic that you just can't find in a larger theater. We are so close to our audiences that we can actually get to know them through the course of an evening. The size of the space has forced us to think outside of our normal vocabularies. I always think that we have used every inch of the space in every possible way, but with every show we find a new inch of the rafters to explore. Every show is a new adventure for us and we love what we do.'

Romeo + Juliet, featuring Elise Landles (Juliet) and Joel Domenico (Romeo) runs at the Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret February 9-April 29. Get tickets at www.thecancan.com.

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