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FULL Cabaret of Shadows (Schwendinger) Houston TX 2020 Fox Berti Murray Stanley

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  • Published by: Laura Elise Schwendinger  
  • Date Published: 2022  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs  
  • Video Recording from: Vimeo     FULL VIDEO

Cabaret of Shadows, a chamber opera about women creators in fin de siècle Cabaret of Paris. Produced by Musiqa at MATCH Houston, by Laura Schwendinger & Ginger Strand, Eiki Isomura, conducting. 45 minute version.

Turn-of-the-century Paris was a hotbed of artistic innovation, and cabarets were the furnaces where this innovation was forged. It was here that poets, musicians, painters and bohemians of all sorts rubbed shoulders and laid the groundwork for the expressionist, abstract and modernist movements that continue to shape our culture today. And it was here that an American-born dancer, choreographer and light designer dazzled audiences, inspired artists from Toulouse-Lautrec to Yeats, and redefined modern dance, only to be largely forgotten in the decades that followed. This spring, Musiqa and Stages proudly shine an overdue spotlight on pioneering artist Loië Fuller with the world premiere of a new chamber opera by renowned composer Laura Schwendinger.

Cabaret of Shadows begins after Loië’s death, when she remains ever-present in the mind of her lover and long-term partner, Gab Sorere. A theatrical producer, Gab dreams up an evening of cabaret performance, casting women who never actually appeared on stage together in her cabaret of the mind. Her imagined audience is her beloved Loië, an early proponent  of free, improvisational dance whose innovations in choreography, lighting, and costuming inspired an army of imitators. Together the women watch and comment on some of the gender-defying and genre-bending performances of women whose work has often been left out of standard histories of cabaret. Filled with love and longing, Gab’s ongoing conversation with her lover evokes Loië’s brilliant work too, even as it illustrates the grief of a great lost love.

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