Posted on June 7th, 2010 by .

Montreal is often host to some pretty glamourous parties. For your enjoyement ( and ours), we attended one such extravaganza : Eyes Wide Opened.

Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre and Dracula descended on Montreal…even though, the Masked Soirée at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was held in a torrential downpour.

Inspired by Madame de Pompadour, Count Dracula and Farinelli, the famed castrato opera singer, the event was an arousing eve of theatrical temptations, held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The avant-garde gala, called TRANSANGDANCE ( a clever pun on the french for blood ), was the 2010 edition of the annual sold-out Eyes Wide Open event, the signature soirée created by Cirque de Soleil’s François Martin.  Like the Venetian Carnevale, masks (gorgeous ones were given to guests!) hid the true self. So everyone was a lot more flirtatious – and fun! Many guests had a special hair day – with towering wigs à la Madame de Pompadour.

The Golden Globe award-winning movie Farinelli played across a wide, white wall, as pole-dancers discoed around. Yes, real, live upside down dancing girls in thigh high, black, patent boots! Amidst the electronic music, arias were randomly sung by diva Nathalie Choquette. Honourary president was Cirque de Soleil VP Jean-François Bouchard.  So it is no wonder that the event was rich in over the top eye candy. A few of my favourite things: the tiny monkey (yes, real !), nude models (yes, guys and dolls; and yes, totally nude), a chocolate bath (on naked-ish nubiles), a contortionist in her cage, and the take-home note pad – in the shape of a coffin of course!

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