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Berlin:  The Last Cabaret

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

Artistic Team:
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

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Performances & Tickets

January 23, 2019

8pm, Performance Works

Granville Island

January 24, 2020

8pm, Performance Works

Granville Island

January 25, 2020

8pm, Performance Works

Granville Island

January 26, 2020

2pm, Performance Works

Granville Island

(January 2020)

"Heartbreakingly relevant and contemporary in its themes and anxiety"

"The biting satire of resurrected Weimar era music set to English lyrics plumbs dark humour, to remind us to celebrate our freedom especially when it is in danger of being yanked away"

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Opera Canada
(Spring 2020)

"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"

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Production Photos

Vancouver, January 2020

Pictures by Diamonds Edge Photography.