Sensually aerobatic and sexually athletic, the performers of AirOtic amaze audiences.
The show is an intimate celebration of the body and companionship developed by Stephane Haffner and his husband Kyle Kier.
“It has lots of LGBTQAI+ tendencies,” Kier said. “It’s a show for everyone in the community. It’s very inclusive.”
Kier and Haffner developed the show a few years ago and have run versions of it in places including Provincetown and on Atlantis cruises.
“The costumes, the choreography, the music is all very tongue in cheek, it’s super camp but also with a sensual undertone. It’s like 50 Shades of Grey meets Cirque du Soleil.” Kier said. “Everything is done with class. It’s all about sensuality, physique, and the circus art that is behind it. Like the Crazy Horse in Paris, France. That kind of style with a modern twist.”
Kier said part of the modern twist is the music. “Our music generally is top pop covers, acoustic versions more dark and heavy and a lot of ups and downs in the show. There’s a sexy side but also a lovey-dovey romantic side to it as well.”
While the show is often compared to Cirque du Soleil productions, this show features a small cast allowing audiences to make a more personal connection with the performers.
“The new version at Hunters is a small cabaret version,” Kier said. “It's very intimate, fun, and sexy.”
AirOtic just extended its run at Hunters Nightclub through the summer, every Thursday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. When the pandemic hit Haffner and Kier found all their work gone but eventually found a home thanks to the team at Hunters.
“They decided to help us by donating the space to produce and run our show,” Kier said. “They were a huge blessing to us. Without them we would have been totally financially out of it.”
Kier and Haffner live in Fort Lauderdale and have found a loving, welcoming community.
“I think Wilton Manors is a special place and tight community,” Kier said. “I’m excited to be part of it, I’m excited to live here and excited to give back to the community and I hope they’re just as excited to receive it.”
Together now eight years, their high-profile romance started at sea. Kier, who’s from New York, and Haffner, who is from Europe, were both working on a cruise ship and hit it off immediately. After nurturing their personal and professional lives on board the boat, they took both to the next level and helped change hearts, minds, and public policy.
“We got engaged on Italy’s Got Talent,” Kier said. “It was quite big in Italy at the time when we got engaged on a huge international platform. Marriage or civil union wasn’t even legal so it shook things up and started a movement.”
They’re also starting a version of the show in Chicago and hope to be back on cruises as things open up.
Kier said it’s about reflecting representation and love.
“As a gay artist and a gay person myself it’s important to see people in our community being themselves not playing a role of something they’re not,” Kier said. “Love is love and art is art. We’re using our art to push the idea that sexuality, gender identity, all of this is acceptable and tolerated. It’s who we are as humans.”
For a sneak peek of the show and ticket info, go to AirOticShow.com.