To promote the art of cabaret, we host international exchanges among cabaret artists, teachers and coaches, writers, historians, and fans. A growing community of cabaret artists and enthusiasts from around the globe gather for concerts and intimate educational workshops.
Like cabaret itself, connection is at the heart of these unique events: revealing how performers connect to their material and how our performance connects to the audience, to share the personal stories that are vital to our universal experience.
OUR HISTORY: In 2016, Chicago and Paris-based cabaret artists began discussing how we could help each other promote the art of cabaret. To those who said “Cabaret est mort”, we said boldly “Vive le cabaret”.
In Chicago, a kitchen-table meeting of Claudia Hommel, Elizabeth Doyle, Lynne Jordan, and Roxane Assaf gathered a team of volunteers from among the 200-plus members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, participants in the ongoing SongShop workshop, singers who had participated in Singers Jazz Workshops in Paris in 2014 and 2015, students of the late Gwen Pippin, and others we met along the way.
In Paris, discussions began typically at an outdoor café, at first with Jean-Claude Orfali from the Cabaret Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Mylène Launay, animatrice of the weekly bal musette at Rue Mouffetard, and artists associated with Christian Stalla, editor of the now 70-plus book Collection Cabaret published by l’Harmattan.
We held our first conference in Paris in 2017, a second conference in Chicago in 2018, and an ambitious “Tour de France” in September 2019.
In a short time, we’ve accomplished a lot.
- Connexion workshops and conferences have helped raise the level of craft and artistry among dozens of performers.
- Our exchanges have inspired greater collaboration across the various genres encompassed by Cabaret.
- In Chicago, these connections have nurtured the formation of a vital roster of Black Voices in Cabaret.
- The Connexion experience has brought together a coalition of cabaret organizations that now organizes Chicago Cabaret Week as an annual festival.
- In France, a network continues to grow among professional artists.