Razzle-DazzlesWith a tip of the hat to the "Razzle-Dazzle" song from the musical Chicago, we are calling the song-and-multi-media presentations of cabaret history our "Razzle-Dazzles". Added to the mix is a set of film screenings to launch the conference.
SUNDAY, October 281 PM: Film screenings
8 years in the making, Grant interviews a panoply of cabaret artists from Paris and New York City, including Yves Mathieu and Cassita at the Lapin Agile, Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Wallowich, Andrea Marcovicci, Maude Maggart, Jason Graae, Michael Feinstein, Alex Rybeck and more.
The Torchbearers blends documentary and musical forms, shedding light on the vital role that the art of cabaret has played: introducing new social concepts and mores to the mainstream, putting politics in perspective, and serving as a platform for some of the best and brightest talent. Many of cabaret's recent top performers, writers, producers, and reviewers show how cabaret is an intimate and raw romance between artist and audience; a highwire act with no net (and a two drink minimum). The film is produced and edited by Julia Cook and Cheryl E. Grant.
"It's about intimacy... It's a quiet art in a very noisy society." Stephen Holden, New York Times.
3:30 PM: Razzle-Dazzle #1:
"Le Cabaret New Yorkais" (by Jacques Protat from Dijon; songs performed by Maryline Rollet of Paris)
Jacques Protat, author of the only academic study ever made of contemporary American cabaret singingin English or in French, is distilling his PhD thesis as a Razzle-Dazzle for the Cabaret Connexion. Le Cabaret new-yorkais, théâtre intime du Great American Songbook [New York Cabaret: intimate theatre of the American Songbook] takes a look at both the cabaret scene and the specific performing art form born in the 1980s in Manhattan. New-York cabaret combines self-expression with the curation of a cultural heritage in which the players serve as curator of the Great American Songbook. "Conservation through creation."
5 PM Razzle-Dazzle #2:
"History of Cabaret in Chicago" (Charles Troy and June Sawyers; singers to be announced). Followed by a Q & A with the presenters.
This Razzle Dazzle is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.
Co-sponsored by Global Voices, a program of the International House
International House University of ChicagoAssembly Hall
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637. Phone: (773) 753-2270
Light refreshments provided by the Global Voices program.
$20 for all three events. $50 for VIP reserved seating. Free to U of C students with valid ID.
SATURDAY, November 3
|7 PM Razzle Dazzle #3: Cabaret of the Belle époque(Yves Bertrand; several singers with Elizabeth Doyle at the piano)|
8 PM Razzle-Dazzle #4: Joseph Kosma: composer of Autumn Leaves (Françoise Miran of Nice)