Jacqui Yeo & The Silhouettes enlivened The Arkaba Hotel with their selection of “Cabaret” classics new and old. It was a local affair, with both Yeo and the intrepid Silhouettes hailing from Adelaide.
The Silhouettes, three young mistresses of dance, immediately impressed the audience with their saucy coordinated routine. The trio wore matching, vividly coloured, tasseled and sequined jump suits. By the end of the night the audience was used to, though no less dazzled by, their endless array of costumes.
The Silhouettes danced to a Latin remix heavy on bass, which while complimenting their dance moves was somewhat at odds with Yeo’s first song All That Jazz, from Chicago. Yeo wore a fitting ‘20s style bob wig and vintage dress to suit the occasion. For the first few numbers at least the transition between dancers and diva was a little anemic. Yeo seemed perhaps a little nervous as she began, though she still garnered a warm welcome from the audience.
Yeo handed the stage back over to the Silhouettes by asking, in a breathy accent, “Would you like to see the girls again?” They performed an astounding routine to Because We Can from Moulin Rouge, threatening to bring the can-can back into vogue in Adelaide. Their number inevitably transitioned into Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, performed by Yeo. Her other numbers included Big Spender, though it was not until Diamonds Are Forever and At Last that Yeo really hit her straps. She clearly has a voice for soul.
Between these songs, The Silhouettes continued to impress the audience with their mastery of diverse dancing styles – which included a rendition of Put a Ring On It that would put Beyonce herself to shame, and a return to Moulin Rouge for Tango Roxanne.
It was not until their final number, Fergie’s Be Italian that we saw Yeo and The Silhouettes perform together, while accompanied by Armando on guitar. The combination of talents on stage was undeniable. I would have liked to see these artists perform together more often.
An excellent, local addition to the Cabaret Fringe Festival.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 4