HAUNTING SPIEGELWORLD

JUST A BIT OF SEX | October 31st 2008

Spiegelworld will be collapsing its tents and shuffling off from downtown New York soon. The Economist talks to some of the characters behind the cabaret extravaganza ...

From ECONOMIST.COM

Many complain that the Disneyification of Broadway has made it impossible to find sexy entertainment in New York. But for a few more days, a bit of titillating fun can be found on Pier 17 in downtown Manhattan, where Spiegelworld has set up shop for a third year. In a beautiful old circus pavilion from the 1920s, something called a spiegeltent, performances of spicy cabaret, burlesque and blue comedy are staged nightly. (The Economist reviewed the shows last summer: "A circus for grown-ups") For its last weekend in New York, Spiegelworld is hosting a big Halloween party tonight, with performances and dancing until late. 

The Economist talked to some members of the creative team behind Spiegelworld, a motley crew of Australians. They were very candid about the unexpected liberties of working in such an intimate space, and on such a small stage. Check out the interview and slide show. ~ EMILY BOBROW