Berlin. 1934. The last cabaret. The last night.
Members of a cabaret troupe gather one last time to perform for their friends, some of whom have already gone missing. It is 1934 in Berlin. The Weimar Republic has collapsed, and the world is turning upside down.
This is the premise of City Opera's next MainStage. It is unlike anything we have done before, and it speaks directly to our own times. Using music authentic to the period, it will be presented in a cabaret setting at Performance Works on Granville Island presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in association with Sound the Alarm. BERLIN runs 23, 24, and 25 January 2020, all at 8pm with a matinee at 2pm on 26 January.
Our objective is to present music from the Weimar era, cross-connected in a new narrative. Weimar was a period of tremendous experiment and daring, risk and transgression, gender liberation, discovery and allure – especially in Berlin. We bring it to life again.
Our further objective is to examine the rise of fascism through the manufacture of chaos and consent, deliberate lying on an unimaginable scale, and the exploitation of race, fear, and gender. The failures of the Weimar Republic may anticipate ours today.
Our artists include Alan Corbishley, stage director and co-creator; Joanna Garfinkel, dramaturge and writer; Charles Barber, music director; Roger Parton, associate music director, music arranger, and rehearsal coach; John Webber, set and lighting designer; Jayson McLean, production manager; performers: Meaghan Chenosky, Dan Deorksen, Julia Muncs, Alen Dominguez, and Brent Hirose, and musicians: Roger Parton - keyboard, Francois Houle - clarinet, Martin Fisk - percussion, and Ed Henderson - banjo.
Now is your chance to bring this timely production to life and to support local artists! We thank you for your support!