Can Can Downtown
June 28–Sept 30, Wednesdays–Sundays, 7 pm, 9:30 pm
Recommended by Sophia Stephens
Femme Fatale, Can Can's collaboration with local band Prom Queen, is a show dedicated to the enigmatic—and equally problematic—Mata Hari, a woman who wasn't afraid to take her own path and create a story that was entirely hers, and on her own terms. Hari, who was a Dutch woman born with the name Margaretha Geertrudia Zelle, used a multitude of cultures to create her wildly popular persona—including a backstory as a Javanese princess who was taught the art of "sacred Indian dance" from birth—and was later met with critique over her use of Orientalist imagery to foster her popularity. Although inspired by Mata Hari, Can Can Dance Company absolutely sizzled as they broke away from Hari's appropriative legacy and instead brought down the house with their own blend of raunchy fun, seductive cheekiness, and downright hot chemistry.