What originally drew me to the show were the circus acts I heard were a part of it. But unlike the family friendly circus shows I’ve seen in the past, this show is sexy and dark. Poles, whips, and knives are mixed in with the performances, as well as touching and interacting with the audience. In this way, Queen of the Night isn’t a show, it’s an experience, and one that that is worth a trip to NYC. The acrobats are incredible and the performances very diverse. We saw lyra, German Wheel, Handstand, tumbling, partner acrobatics, dance, and pole performers. They told the audience the story of a princess and her lovers through their movements.
As audience members, we were not only viewers but participants in the performance. The moment I got to the bottom of the stairs at the Paramount Hotel, I was taken by the hand and pulled aside for a private dance performance that I watched with my back to the performer by holding part of a broken mirror. There I was told the only rule for the night, saying yes to everything. A total of four times during the evening I was pulled aside for private moments such as this. The show broke down what I knew to be the traditional barriers between the roles of actors and viewers in theater as I’ve seen it. The dancers touched us, talked with us, fed us, until we felt like they knew us and we knew them.
This is an immersive theater experience that you do not want to miss. It’s honestly the coolest show I’ve ever seen. And did I mention the lavish feast you get? So go! You won’t regret it. Just leave the kids and personal space at home 😉
Photo credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times