Inspired by the myths and legends of ancient Egyptian and Greek culture, Oracle explores the origins of the 12 zodiac signs through an exciting fusion of live music, storytelling, circus and dance.

Guided by an otherworldly being known as the oracle, the audience witnesses tales of love, passion, heroism and revenge told through sultry burlesque routines, fast-paced group dances, stunning aerial and acrobatic displays, and more. Each perfectly choreographed routine unfolds against a simple yet detailed backdrop of ancient pillars and temples and has been designed to showcase the beauty, strength and raw power of the extremely talented cast.

A unique soundtrack of spoken word, remixed popular songs, ballads and original music (both live and recorded) complements the underlying theme of each tale, while an ever-changing rainbow of soft and harsh lighting effects (including strobe lighting) captures the intensity and emotion of the scenes.

Intricately crafted costumes combine the beauty of old-world style with a subtle hint of risqué sensuality to bring the gods, goddesses, humans and mythical creatures of Oracle to life in vivid detail. This – combined the music and energetic routines – makes it is easy to lose yourself within the Oracle’s immersive world.

Jazmin Varlet commands the audience’s attention as the oracle. Photo: Ben Vella

The cast members clearly have fun in their roles and wholly embrace their characters, bringing a sense of flirty fun with their cheeky antics and seductive movements.  Looking every bit like a goddess in her flowing robes and armour, Jazmin Varlet commands our attention as the oracle, her powerhouse voice both beautiful and hauntingly eerie.

Presented by Bass Fam Creative (the team behind Matador, also playing in Gluttony), Oracle is recommended for adult audiences and features mild nudity, but this is tasteful and in line with the narrative.

With its vibrant costumes, seductive and fast-paced routines and talented cast, Oracle is visually stunning and pure escapism at its finest.

Oracle is in Gluttony until March 20.

Read more 2022 Adelaide Fringe stories and reviews here.


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This article is supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.