Tuaca Body Art Ball sizzles in Breckenridge | SummitDaily.com

Tuaca Body Art Ball sizzles in Breckenridge

As Mystique shimmed onto the Riverwalk Stage Tuesday night, it was hard to tell she was topless, even if you were sitting right on the stage. Body painters had covered Mystique’s – and about 17 other dancers’ – bodies with artistic drawings, abstract forms and even things that at first, and maybe even second, glance, looked distinctively like shirts.

Then again, there was the special Valentine delivery. Once she popped all the red balloons hiding her body as well as the Fruit of the Loom grapes man, it became very apparent she was topless; artists had embellished her nipples in shiny red, as opposed to disguised them within the costume, as they had with others.

Needless to say, the Tuaca Body Art Ball delivered a sizzling show from start to finish, featuring 15, 2-minute solo or couple acts.

Dancing styles ranged from hip-hop and gymnastics to belly dancing, sensual couples’ play, sword fights and strip-tease-type moves. The audience, which filled the Riverwalk Center (and also happened to be filled, themselves, with quite a bit of Tuaca-mixed drinks), predominantly was a 20-something, Ullr-lovin’, crowd rockin’ group.

The Ball hailed itself as bringing pop culture to life, and that it did, transforming flesh into moving, tumbling, shakin’ works of art. The painters began adorning their human canvases at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and perhaps the most freakish stepped out around 10 p.m., as a Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Manson hybrid, which wildly swung from picture-perfect, lily-white beauty (paired with such music) to a horrendous Gothic mess of discordant sound and visuals.

Emcee Candy revved the crowd up with her sassy, incessant sexual suggestions, which at times seemed artificial, though plenty of men and women (aka “frisky kitties”) seemed aroused by her antics. The real talent stemmed from the dancers. It was obvious they knew more about sequencing movement through more than just their pelvis – though not as intense, the somatic stunts smacked of a Cirque du Soleil act.

As Candy would say (and did, several times): SNAP.

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