Thursday is the day of the week when we will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today’s blog is entitled Cabaret Berlin, a wonderful site that explores the entertainment of the Weimar era.
Cabaret Berlin is another fairly new blog. The author of the blog, Brendan Nash, offers blog posts covering primarily the history and people that were active in cabaret performance during the Weimar era. One informative post you will find here is on “Josephine Baker In Berlin.” You can also find Brendan Nash with Cabaret Berlin on Twitter. He writes with a lean style, and gets to the heart of his topics quickly, making for a quick yet interesting read for those who visit his intriguing site. The use of many era-appropriate pictures enhances the blog posts; they are often haunting, and memorable.
The Weimar Era, to refresh your memory, was between Germany’s defeat at the end of World War I in 1918, and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The arts, sciences, philosophy, architecture and other cultural elements flourished during this time in history in Germany.
For the cabaret performer, this website is a wonderful resource to learn about this fascinating period of time in history. You may remember the film musical, Cabaret, with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, which depicted cabaret performers in this time in history. There was more to it than what that film, although wonderful, depicted. With the rise of Nazism is Germany leading to World War II, it eventually became a very difficult time for artists and other intellectuals living there; many fled to the United States, and those who remained often met with bad ends in concentration camps. If you are looking to expand your musical horizons in your next show, you will certainly be inspired as you read and learn about this period of history and the types of cabaret performances that emerged from this meeting of culture and politics. Mr. Nash covers a wide variety of topics under this genre, and gives detailed personal research he has done on Weimar Era cabaret.
This is another useful and entertaining site for which cabaret singers and enthusiasts will want to allow themselves ample time, because you will become hooked as soon as you begin reading articles, such as this one with a theatre-hint with Bertolt Brecht in Cabaret. I encourage you to visit Cabaret Berlin!
Since Josephine Baker was mentioned, here is a selection of her singing; the creator of the video says it’s from 1930.
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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time