Virtual Show & Discussion
“Glitz & Grit": De/Reconstructing Weimar Glamour
With Le Pustra’s Kabarett der Namenlosen
Pull back the curtain on modern Berlin’s most enchanting Weimar Republic inspired theater show, Le Pustra’s Kabarett der Namenlosen (KDN).
We present this programming with a warm thank-you to the Friends of the Goethe-Institut (FoGI), who have generously provided us with financial support to fund our project.
Friends of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC (FoGI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and assist the mission of the Goethe-Institut. Through its support, FoGI enhances the activities of the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC, and promotes these activities in the region.
Part I of two-part event series Beyond Babylon: Re-Examining Berlin in the Golden Twenties, presented by the Goethe-Institut Washington
On September 14, the Goethe-Institut Washington invites you to pull back the curtain on Berlin’s most captivating and thought-provoking Weimar Republic inspired theater show, Le Pustra’s Kabarett der Namenlosen [content advisory: brief nudity].
Meet some of the numerous multi-talented artists who make up the cast and artistic team, which creates a theatrical experience that interprets the dazzling and dark cabaret scene of Berlin’s Golden Twenties – in particular, one actual Berlin cabaret group of the same name, at whose shows people from all walks of life intermingled, experimented, invented, and challenged social taboos. View special performances and catch a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a truly unique show.
Join us live on Monday, September 14, at 5:00pm EDT, for a Zoom Webinar conversation with Kabarett der Namenlosen's conceptual and artistic director Le Pustra, along with cast members Charly Voodoo, Bridge Markland, and Mama Ulita – the latter of whom is herself no stranger to the Goethe-Institut Washington, as she knocked us out with her performance at Cabaret on K: A Celebration of Nightlife in 1920s Berlin and Modern D.C. in June 2019.
Just over 100 years ago, the first “democracy” in Germany was born in the period between the two World Wars. A colorful and turbulent period in German history, Berlin during the Weimar Republic was a haven for artists, the queer community, expatriates, and misfits of all stripes.
At the same time, Berlin was a lawless, destitute city, where radical politics would ultimately force their way to the forefront and jeopardize the cultural, scientific, and legal advancements made towards a society in which queer people could live without persecution.
Berlin cabaret flourished throughout the 1920s, seizing the Weimar Republic’s lax laws on free speech as an opportunity to freely express satire, sexual entendres, and political stances through performance art. Kabarett der Namenlosen strives to reimagine such a landscape, steeped in the past, yet with a distinctly modern twist.
Kabarett der Namenlosen is co-produced by Else Edelstahl from Berlin's Bohème Sauvage.
Registration is required for this virtual event; registration requires a purchase of a $5 ticket (service fee already included) or donation of >$5 via Eventbrite. All proceeds from Eventbrite ticketing will go the Kabarett der Namenlosen team. We greatly appreciate your support of these very special collaborators, especially as they navigate their work in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Zoom Webinar link will be emailed out through Eventbrite the week of September 7.
This project has been supported by the Friends of the Goethe-Institut (FoGI).
(pictured above, left to right: Le Pustra, Bridge Markland, Charly Voodoo, and Mama Ulita)
Price: $5 via Eventbrite
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