Why the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion?To those who say "le cabaret est mort" (cabaret is dead), we say "Vive le cabaret".
The art form of cabaret was born in Paris in the 1880s, in small venues where performer and audience were in close proximity, interacting with song, story and poetry. Cabaret is distinguished by its directness, passion, and humor. The hallmark of cabaret is its intimacy.
In 1997, Claudia Hommel gathered local performers to found Chicago Cabaret Professionals, to support the creation of a vibrant "cabaret scene" in Chicago for cabaret performers and their public. Twenty-some years later, a result of that network is the coming together of Chicago cabaret artists seeking a cultural exchange with French artists. With its first conference in Paris in September 2017, the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion was born.
A brief history of how it came about is on our Archives page here
A French team was formed to bring a delegation of singers and cabaret historians to attend the October 28November 4, 2018 Cabaret Connexion in Chicago, an eight day conference of workshops, master classes, round tables and concerts.
In September 2019, the third exchange took us to the south of France (Sète and Montpellier) for four days and to Paris for 7 days, bringing in new layers of perfomers and venues, from the Montpellier Opera House to the Chansons et Toiles Festival in Sète and the Lapin Agile and Forum Léo Ferré in Paris.
In the years 2020, 2021 and beyond, the Cabaret Connexion will continue organizing exchanges in Paris, Chicago, London, Brussels, and beyond. Join us for the renaissance of cabaret!
Correspondante à Paris
Mylène Launay : 06 71 83 70 65
Correspondent in Chicago
Claudia Hommel : 1-773-509-9360
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