Review: Avant-Guarded

Fugly dresses. Dancing duck people. A clown made out of processed meat. Could any of this be real? Add a singing saw and a dark folk soundtrack and you’ve got Avant-Guarded, a cabaret for misfits and daydreamers.

Avant-Guarded, the latest from chanteuse and pianist Oh, Charlotte (Charlotte Kerr), is a surrealist insight into the anxieties and angst of your late twenties, the “quarter-life crisis” that many of her fellow Gen Y-ers find themselves going through. There are laments of loves lost. Regrets. Men made of meat. Duck People. And that all important question; have you ever eaten a chip off the ground?

An hour of songs and strangeness, including covers ranging from the eponymous “Duck People Duck Man”, “I Want You, But I Don’t Need You”, through to “Both Sides, Now”, and, despite the insistance of the hecklers, definitely no Nollsy. Charlotte’s voice reachs deep within and tugs at the emotions in ways you may not expect.

Avant-Guarded is at 8:30pm at the Butterfly Club until Feb. 19. Full $32, Conc. $28, discounts for members and groups of 6+. Tickets are available online or at the door.

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Nick Jones

Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe. Writer/Observer.

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