TINGEL TANGEL

“Cabaret is a wildflower–a fierce flower…. a cross-pollinated creature whose birth occurs catalytically when disparate artists and their chosen forms collide.  Cabaret loves a mongrel, and especially a mongrelled hoard born of strange bedfellows.  Rowdy and shocking, unquiet and queer, cabaret raises a red flag of defiance to the status quo.”

~ Quintan Ana Wikswo

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Diving into the essence of Underground:

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blurring of definitions

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rebellion

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the sacred and the profane

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freedom

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love of the limelight…

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songs

starving poets

music

dancing girls

puppet bartenders

puppet peanut-gallery

and hangabouts.

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We brought people into our own Brigadoon Cabaret world—and cautioned them not to linger too long lest they be stuck here like us….

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The dinner was 90% locally grown, part elegant and part rustic.  Guests refused to leave and we went on for hours after the dinner was over…

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MENU

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Rustic Bread and Spicy Molasses Butter

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Salad Greens with Amish Blue Cheese, Green Onions, Toasted Black Walnuts, and an Apple Cider Syrup Vinaigrette

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Kale Asparagus Puff Pastry with Freisago Cheese

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Smoked Lamb Confit with Porcini Barley Pilaf

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Spring Pea and Chickpea Tagine with Couscous Pilaf

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberry Rhubarb Coulis and Hazelnut Shortbread

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“…The roots of cabaret grow in radical soil…a plant whose history and heritage extend back over seven hundred years.  Cabaret came to fruition in a raucous hothouse of the artistic vanguard whose shared values included left-wing politics and anti-bourgeois rebelliousness, satire and sex, songs and story and dance….

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Where salons were pretentious, cabaret was perverse…bawdy bohemian affairs.  Self-supporting, un-enfranchised, and renegade, the pre-war cabaret movement in Paris created a pirates’ cove where a new generation of artists could self-produce, present and consume their own texts, performances, and exhibitions, entirely circumventing the exclusive and strictly-judged art world of the Parisian upper classes.

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There was no money in cabaret, and there were certainly no investors or producers.  Spontaneous and addicted to spectacle, cabaret was spawned by penniless and unknown artists…..

the concentration of youth, poverty, and talent created a fertile soil for debate, experimentation, forged unlikely collaborations between painters, musicians, dancers and writers, and planted the seeds for such 20th century movements as Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, Fluxus, and Performance Art.

~Quintan Ana Wikswo

 

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Slideshow Music by That1Guy

 

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