PK Productions Presents HALBWELT KULTUR, 26 Nov - 15 Dec
Weimar Germany - economic chaos, political upheaval and cultural innovation. A time of sexual liberation and creative flair, played out in the joyous decadence of the cabaret clubs to the melody and rhythm of the jazz age. Seven women, each representing an aspect of the fragile era, in which Germany danced toward the storm that was to come. The international film star Marlene Deitrich, the infamous cross dresser Claire Waldoff, the cabaret legend Blandine Ebinger, dancer and performance artist Anita Berber, socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg and avant-garde performer Valeska Gert comprise a cast of characters who defined the spirit of an age. An age written in sand as the tidal wave that was to engulf the world fast approached.
Halbwelt Kultur explores and reveals this world through a series of seven vignettes each focusing on these women who were later labeled as degenerates by the Nazi regime and were either exiled, imprisoned or killed. A melancholic ballet transforms into politically charged Brechtian number, which flows into a cheeky Charleston and in turn blends into a tragic torch-song. Each emerges from a tight ensemble of burlesque clad women building up to evoke a time, a place, a mood and an era.
Performances will be Tuesday - Saturday at 9 PM and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 5 PM. Tickets are £18/£15 concession, and can be purchased at the box office by calling 0207 287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk.