Berlin or Bust for The Cabaret Exchange!
We're almost at our stretch goal of $30,000 and it's the final days of our Kickstarter.
When this ambitious project was announced back in October, we were blown away by a tidal wave of support that got us to 25K in only 2 days. So needless to say, this is a reality now, we're going for it. Our show Bohemia is going to Berlin, and we're bringing renowned German cabaret artists home with us to produce The Naughty Salon in Seattle.
- Kickstarter must end Tuesday at Midnight on November 12th.
- In return, we've added new rewards to make it worth your while.
If we hit $30,000 on our campaign will we add an extra show to our Triple Door run. We've already held the dates, but these extra funds will allow us to assure the venue that we can come through and effectively market the event.
This will enable us to increase the geographic impact of the artistic exchange, as well as the stipends we will be able to pay all artists involved for their performance.
There's also something we forgot to add to the budget...a petsitter for all the cute animals left behind when we're on tour.
Bohemia is a cabaret musical that Mark Siano and Opal Peachey conceived in 2015 and have since produced 3 times to sold out performances at Cafe Nordo and The Triple Door in Seattle. We have been invited to Europe to perform Bohemia at the historic Ballhaus Berlin for 8 shows in April 2020.
This is an incredible opportunity for us as artists, to take our work across the world, to the center of cabaret, Berlin. But there's more! We want to share this cultural mashup of "Seattle Cabaret meets Berlin Kabarett" with our Pacific Northwest community. We are fundraising to send our show Bohemia to Berlin. And in exchange, we will be bringing Berlin’s renowned 20's style Weimar cabaret artist Le Pustra to Seattle in the summer of 2020 for a series of shows we will produce called The Naughty Salon (or Le Pustra's Frecher Salon).
When Mark visited Europe last Spring, he went to Berlin with the intention of working on a new show, but things changed quickly. Berlin was the perfect city for a show like Bohemia. Puzzle pieces quickly fell into place and it was clear that all roads led to the historic Ballhaus Berlin as the perfect venue for the show. Ballhaus Berlin is home the Berlin's most renowned Cabaret show. The one everyone was talking about - Le Pustra’s Kabarett der Namenlosen (Cabaret of the Nameless).
This was everything Mark had hoped to find, as an American in Berlin. Late and later nights filled with smoke and art; where meeting a stranger was as easy as picking up the old-timey telephone on the table. Needless to say, he was quick to correspond with Opal back home in Seattle about the possibilities of Berlin audiences.
HERE'S HOW WE'LL SPEND THE MONEY:
- Airline tickets to shuttle over a dozen artists from North America to Europe and back
- Costs of mounting artistic productions in Berlin and Seattle
- Building sets in Berlin and Seattle and transporting tons of costumes and wigs
- Travel insurance
Taking Bohemia to Berlin is an important step for us as artists because the show itself is inspired by European composers, painters, musicians, and their bohemian history. Bringing Berlin’s Weimar cabaret to Seattle will enrich not only artists like Le Pustra and Mama Ulita who will gain the experience of the tour, but our Seattle arts community: who will have a chance to experience unique theatre happening across the world.
Le Pustra seeks to bring authentic 20’s Weimar cabaret to life, in a way that reminded us of our desire to make modern audiences fall in love with the classical greats of a bygone era. It’s sexy, stylish, immersive, and intoxicating.
American Cabaret and Berlin Kabarett
From the salons of Le Chat Noir in the Belle Epoque of Paris to the outskirts of Germany in the Weimar republic, cabaret has long been the artistic expression of outcasts and underdogs: people who desired a place where they could authentically express themselves. This is our audience now. Seattle, similar to Berlin has had periods of intense freedom, followed by repression. Our cabaret shows push the boundaries of storytelling to include the audience, embracing elements of musical theater, dance, aerial performance, burlesque, and sketch comedy. By showcasing the bits and pieces of history that inspire us, we hope to notice where history repeats itself and marvel at it, rather than repeating it. We've found kindred spirits in Le Pustra's Kabarett and we are so excited to share it with our audiences.
We need your help:
Ticket sales alone for Bohemia and The Naughty Salon will not cover the cost of travel for Bohemia to go to Berlin, and Le Pustra and friends to come to Seattle. We are investing in creating an international artistic community of cabaret artists between Berlin and Seattle. We are asking for your help to make this tour happen.
Risks and challenges
This is the most ambitious creative venture we have ever attempted. Even Kickstarter’s administration told us that campaigns that involve more than one country and international tours are rare. As full time working artists, no one involved has the capitol to make this happen. If we do not raise this $25,000 we will have to cancel our Berlin tour and the dates scheduled in Seattle this summer. If we do raise the funds, we can promise to send Cabaret roaring into the 2020’s for another hundred years of inspiring art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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