By Peter Jelavich
Step into Ernst Wolzogen's Motley Theater, Max Reinhardt's Sound and Smoke, Rudolf Nelson's Chat noir, and Friedrich Hollaender's Tingel-Tangel. get pleasure from Claire Waldoff's rendering of a lower-class Berliner, Kurt Tucholsky's satirical songs, and Walter Mehring's Dadaist experiments, as Peter Jelavich spotlights Berlin's cabarets from the day the curtain first went up, in 1901, until eventually the Nazi regime introduced it down.
Fads and models, sexual mores and political ideologies--all have been topic to satire and parody at the cabaret degree. This ebook follows the altering therapy of those topics, and the destiny of cabaret itself, in the course of the such a lot turbulent many years of contemporary German heritage: the filthy rich and positive Imperial age, the volatile but culturally creative Weimar period, and the repressive years of nationwide Socialism. by way of situating cabaret inside of Berlin's wealthy panorama of pop culture and distinguishing it from vaudeville and diversity theaters, incredible revues, prurient "nude dancing," and Communist agitprop, Jelavich revises the existing photo of this kind of entertainment.
Neither hugely politicized, like postwar German Kabarett, nor sleazy within the method that a few American and eu motion pictures recommend, Berlin cabaret occupied a center flooring that allow it solid an ironic eye at the goings-on of Berliners and different Germans. although, it was once simply this satirical angle towards critical subject matters, equivalent to politics and racism, that blinded cabaret to the power of the unconventional right-wing forces that eventually destroyed it. Jelavich concludes with the Berlin cabaret artists' ultimate performances--as prisoners within the focus camps at Westerbork and Theresienstadt.
This booklet supplies us a feeling of what the area gave the impression of in the cabarets of Berlin and whilst we could us see, from a old distance, those misplaced performers enacting the political, sexual, and creative concerns that made their urban probably the most dynamic in Europe.