Odette Mercy’s Heart Beak Dance – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February 2012

Gig Details:

Band: Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics

Date: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th of February 2012.

Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Venue: Fringe World Festival – Treasury Cabaret Room.

On the 4th and 5th of February 2012 Odette Mercy debuted her new cabaret show “Odette Mercy’s Heart Break Dance” as a part of the Fringe World Festival held in Perth, Western Australia. This cabaret show was designed to “heal the broken hearted”, “melt the hearts of the heartbreakers” and, in Odette’s own words, “take the money of those who are just plain heartless” with a unique blend of soul music from the Soul Atomics and guests artists including Clare Nina Norelli, Chris Callam (The Witches), Donovan de Sousa (The Accumulated Gestures) and Owen Hopwood. The night also featured guests appearances from a number of talented artists of the spoken word who shared some of their experiences as a heart breaker or heart broken person including from Bonnie Davies, Tom Mathieson and David Smith.

The Saturday evening show got started a little late due to some unforeseen circumstances, when it got under way the crowd were introduced to the host of the evening Miss Odette Mercy as her Soul Atomics played their theme music. After an introduction explaining the importance of love and how love has been destroyed by an uncaring and heartless world Odette lead the audience in a new song “Heart Brake” where she encouraged the audience to slow it down and put on the heart brake over the next hour to be revitalised and ready to love again if heart broken, to show the gathered heart breakers the damage their heart breaking ways could cause and and the heartless…well maybe they could grow a heart? The song was completed with a series of actions to help build a relationship between Odette Mercy and the audience during the chorus of the song.

The evening continued with the lyrical contemplations of Owen Hopwood and his song “Waiting” where he melted the hearts of people and made them wonder how any woman would possible keep this man waiting.

Tien Tran, a local Perth comedian, took to the stage and shared a comical account of his love life and the misfortunes that have happened to him. He shared especially about a relationship he had which was so intense and he became the heart breaker and really hurt someone that was quite special very badly. His honesty and sincerity left the audience speechless.

This sharing lead perfectly into the next musical item for the evening, Clare Nina Norelli, who sand a heart wrenching and moving version of En Vogue’s hit from 1996, “Don’t Let Go”.

Odette Mercy wanted to provide some release for people gathered and some heart healing powers. She invited a female member of the audience forward who had been heart broken to be swooned by the MC rappings of three of Perth’s finest MCs. DVS, Rae and Kid Deus were instructed to put into rap how they would swoon the lovely lady and treat her right if she picked them to escort her back to her seat. With promises ranging from KFC to diamonds and walks on the beach it was the big voice and heart of Rae that won the honour of escorting the lovely lady back to her seat.

The evening continued with a poem from local hip hop artist Mathas whose use of words explored the darker feelings of depression that comes with a messy breakup. This was followed by another local story teller, Lawrence Ashford, who shared a story about his first love as an adult and the loss of her when he made the decision to move to London. He was talking about his first car.

Chris Callam was the final guest artist for the evening with a rendition of a version of one of his band’s, “The Witches”, original works.

The evening concluded with a final song from Odette Mercy written specifically for the Heart Break Dance. “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” a hard grooving tune featured Simon Montgomery on tenor saxophone.

A huge thanks to everyone who came along to The Heart Break Dance, the entire evening was a huge success with Odette Mercy being nominated for the best overall act category at the Fringe World Festival. Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics next booked show is on the 19th of February 2012 at the Grey Door Gallery in Claremont as a part of the Saturday Night Divas, a fundraiser for RTR FM. We hope to see you there.

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