Phantasmagoria!

Posted on August 3, 2014

Words: Emma Bennet
Images: NicJ.

Mike and Claire Manumission need no introduction. They were party revolutionaries, playing a major role in changing the face of clubbing in Ibiza co-promting with the infamous party that featured circus performers and explicit sex shows that took place on a stage to the soundtrack of uplifting house music. Manumission was clubbing theatre that had celebrities such as Naomi Campbell queuing to get in and if you never attended, chances are you still told everyone that you did. The recent announcement that the couple’s new clubbing concept ‘Phantasmagoria’ – mixing cinema with theatrical stage shows, sex and house music – would be taking place at Booom! Ibiza every Friday in August, has had tourists and residents scrambling to prepare their outfits – dress-up is encouraged of course – as this time around no one in their right mind would miss a Mike and Claire production, including EssentialIbiza…

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

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Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria
Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria

The night begins in the garden at Booom! Ibiza with a showing of one of Mike and Claire’s favourite films, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘True Romance’. Phantasmagoria has also teamed up with Seth Troxler’s Smokey Tails pop-up restaurant and will be showing a different film each night from 9pm in the garden curated by a variety of film buffs, including Samantha Morton, Howard Marks, Skin from Skunk Anansie, Lynne Ramsay and Seth himself. With classic films scheduled such as Beetlejuice (chosen by Seth Troxler of course) we can see ourselves attending every night at this rate. We collect a welcome cocktail from the bar – lime caprioska and espresso martini – and settle down onto one of the comfy, cushion-covered seats in the garden and pop our headphones on. Whilst watching the film the garden fills up with faces we recognise, not just from Ibiza but all over the world and it is clear people have travelled from far and wide to attend tonight.

Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria

As the credits roll, we stand up stretching our legs, and see Mike and Claire dressed to kill – him in black tie, her in a stunning floor-length dramatic black dress – greeting their guests. It is midnight and the music has begun inside the club. Heading inside a flamenco dancer is flinging herself around the stage, her movements becoming faster and faster as the music swells, finally coming to a frenzied climax as her audience look on mesmerised. Phantasmagoria was originally a type of theatre that used a magic lantern to project frightening images such as ghosts and demons onto walls or smoke screens in the 19th century. Tonight a thunderstorm is brewing on the back wall of Booom! Ibiza and Claire appears in a crescent moon and an old-fashioned telephone begins to ring. The word ‘Sexus’ flashes up on the wall and Mike and Claire are joined by dancers on stage before announcing the beginning of Phantasmagoria. Two muscled acrobats perform an aerial show that includes the pair of them hanging from the ceiling being connected only by a tassled bit of rope that they hold between their teeth.

Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria
Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria

The show continues with two lingerie-clad girls who perform a burlesque girl-girl sex show while drinking champagne and snorting a white powder that we are assured is baking powder! The next act sees Claire locked up in prison and Mike fights his way through the cops to get to her. Dancing girls writhe around on the railings of the VIP area before Johnny and Mike present Claire with a birthday cake and presents and the screen shows the message ‘Happy Birthday’. The whole production is dark and erotic and the club is packed with people entranced by these Ibiza legends.

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

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Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria
Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria

At 3.30am The Ting Tings take to the stage for a live disco set and Katie perches on the DJ booth as Diana Ross a la Studio 54. The set is fun and vibrant with live vocals and drums. Finally the theatrical part of the night is closed by a striptease on the pole set up on the stage, lit up by a spotlight. Craig Richards has been providing the soundtrack between the acts, however once the show is over Derrick Carter takes to the decks and ‘Does Disco.’ Mike and Claire have once again broken the mould in terms of clubbing and this fusion of cinema, sex and music has been mind-blowing. Booom! Ibiza has been absolutely packed all night and the atmosphere has been electric as the island turned out in force to support this couple who are quite simply revolutionary in clubbing terms. See you next Friday…

Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria
Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria
Mike and Claire Manumission present Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

Buy tickets for Phantasmagoria at Booom Ibiza from Essential Ibiza and enjoy great discounts and queue jump entry.