A Friday night without an orgy is a Friday night wasted. There — I've said it. Oh, the town fathers can cluck their tongues and wag their heads in approbation, but if you want hot bodies swirling in a carnal dance of lust, you'll shed your inhibitions and get to the fleshpot that is the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.dancestlouis.org
). The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
is in town to present Scheherazade
, along with Ravel's insidiously erotic Bolero
, either of which could put Viagra out of business. It is Michel Fokine's Scheherazade
, of course, that provides the group sex. With Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic, sensuous score as mood music, Zobeide, the harem favorite, releases the male slaves into said harem — and nature takes its dirty, writhing course. Of course, the Shah returns and puts everyone to death for their licentious ways, but don't let that be a buzz kill; there are worse ways to leave this world. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (February 22 and 23), and tickets are $28 to $50. Bring a friend; maybe bring two — who knows where the night will lead.
Fri., Feb. 22; Sat., Feb. 23, 2008