Claire Boughey | On 19, Sep 2017
Sven Ratzke hit the Spiegeltent stage on Tuesday and Wednesday night last week as part of the Brisbane Festival, bringing to life the legend, David Bowie, in his cabaret show Starman. He paid tribute to Bowie’s hits, embodied his many personas and took command of an audience slightly unsure of what to expect.
David Bowie was a rule breaker, trend setter and downright entertainment prodigy in his day, yet his music and iconic style still ring true in the ears of music lovers today.
If you closed your ears, Sven definitely looked the part. He modelled knee high, heeled boots with flames attached to the back, blue pants and a mesh top that left nothing to the imagination. Bowie was always fashion’s king of self-invention, embracing his flamboyance and uniqueness with a dash of sparkle and lashing of colour, and Sven captured that beautifully.
If you closed your eyes though, Sven managed to transport you to another time. Linking each song with mysterious and elaborate narratives. Paying respect to the songs without trying to strictly replicate the music note for note. Sven’s talent was clear from the outset, and he had the audience under his spell straight away. He played the hits. Starman, Life on Mars, Space Odyssey and Rebel Rebel with a mix of other classic Bowie tracks that held the audience captive.
The audience was laughing and cheering between songs, before complete silence would blanket the room as Sven seamlessly segwayed into the next song. His wit was an added bonus to what was a truly great show of vocal talent. It’s no wonder that he has had world-wide success with this tribute show.
Whilst Starman is over, there are plenty of other great shows on at the Spiegeltent and all around Brisbane during the festival. For more information or to book tickets, visit the festival website.