Vancouver, January 2020
Pictures by Diamonds Edge Photography.
This cabaret celebrates the subversive power of
art and offers a warning to those who would take freedom
for granted. 1934: As Nazism tightens its grip on Germany,
a satirical cabaret troupe faces physical danger and a
moral crisis. Members have disappeared under suspicious
circumstances; the five that remain have to decide whether to
bend to intimidation or perform their work uncensored. With
death looming in the air, the risks couldn’t be higher—and yet
the desperate need for expression is still there...
The Weimar era (1918-1933) was a time of cultural ferment in Germany. Steps were taken toward sexual freedom and progressive reform, and there was a spirit of liberation and innovation in the arts. Much of this was connected to the cabaret scene, and in this show.
City Opera Vancouver pays loving homage: with five singers and a band, the group takes us back to a time when liberation came in conflict with fascism.
Presented at the 2020
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Produced by City Opera Vancouver
in association with Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre
Alan Corbishley: Stage Director + Co-Creator
Joanna Garfinkel: Co-Creator + Dramaturg
Roger Parton: Music Director, Music Arranger and Pianist
John Webber: Lighting and Set
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg: Movement + Choreography
Christopher David Gauthier: Costumes
Julia Munčs, Meaghan Chenosky, Alen Dominguez, Brent Hirose, Dan Deorksen
"COV has an excellent history of telling difficult stories in a way only art can, and this production was not exception."
"(Meaghan) Chenosky portray's Trude's conflict brilliantly, watching her carefully constructed world falls apart"
"Brent Hirose as Frits and Dan Doerkson as Ernst .... were compelling"