Life is a Cabaret

“What good is sitting alone in your room? 
Come hear the music play. 
Life is a Cabaret, old chum, 
Come to the Cabaret.”

Christopher Isherwood set his “Goodbye To Berlin” in the pre-Nazi Germany of 1931. The story captures the chilling slide from hedonism to Hitlerism. It inspired the play “I am a camera” and later the film and Broadway musicals Cabaret which gave Liza Minelli her most acclaimed role as Sally Bowles.

The German Kabarett was more than cabaret. It was political satire, with songs and scenes,balanced between sadness and humour

and best developed in East Germany/. It was initially influenced by the cabaret artistique of Paris but quickly grew a distinct German identity. Bertolt Brecht is one of the names associated with the art form and it has shown tremendous resilience, even thriving in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

 Life is a cabaret? It is chaotic, throws surprises is colourful, vivid and giddy.Dance while the music plays.


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