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Homage to Cabaret La Gaite in cinema Tuschinski

by our Editors in Theatre, Art & Expo , 07 juli 2018

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On July 28, Pathé Tuschinski will revive the renowned Cabaret La Gaité (gaiety, entertainment). La Gaité was a beloved Amsterdam nightclub in the years 1921-1940. In the whole wide world, there isn’t a more beautiful cinema than Tuschinski in Amsterdam’s Reguliersbreestraat, in which the Amsterdam School, Jugendstil and Art Deco styles can be clearly recognized.

With Tuschinski’s opening on October 28, 1921, Cabaret La Gaîté also commenced. It was a melting pot full of cabaret artists, musicians and variety artists, under the inspiring leadership of the legendary Abraham Tuschinski. In the first years of Tuschinski’s existence, Amsterdam had a ban on dancing in place, which was lifted in 1926. For this reason, La Gaîté also changed into a dance hall where people could meet for a “Soirée Dansant.” Partly because of La Gaîté, Amsterdam underwent a dance boost. For his cabaret club, the cinema magnate was inspired by the flourishing night-life in Berlin and Paris, among other places. In a lavishly decorated room on the first floor of his cinema, countless big names starred in his “Soirée Dansant Chantant.”

Last year on July 29, Blond & Blauw presented the first homage to this special place in the cinema’s VIP room. The date was picked for a reason. During the Second World War Tuschinski was renamed Tivoli by the German occupying forces. On July 29, 1945, the old name returned on the façade.

After the success of last year’s La Gaîté homage, the Cabaret comes alive again this year, but now in the cinema’s Great Hall, in a collaboration with artists who feel a strong link to the entertainment of those days. Journalist and author Henk van Gelder and ringmaster Michael Helmerhorst will lead the audience through the rich past of La Gaîté and Tuschinski.

The program offers music, dance, acrobatics and songs that still resonate in the history of cabaret, with live performances alternated by unique film images. The repertoire consists of songs, texts, anecdotes and film footage of cabaret legends, such as Louis Davids, Margie Morris, Jean Louis Pisuisse, Fien de La Mar, Tholen & Van Lier, The Ramblers, Rudolf Nelson, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, and Zarah Leander.

The list of performing artists is varied. Led by singer / performer Wilma Bakker (aka La Sirène) the program includes Grande Dame Gerrie van der Klei and crooner Dick Rienstra, as well as celebrities from the GLBTQ community, such as the duo Ludique and Victoria False.

The dances will be performed by the Burlesque performers Fay Loren, Eva Novakova, Natsumi Scarlett and acrobat Paul van der Maat, the sketches by Robert Kloppenburg, and the music is in the hands of piano maestro Jan Robijns and theatre organist Paul Tijink.

The famous theatre organ will take centre stage. Visitors will also enjoy various entr’actes, for instance by Marlene ExtraLarge and Luna Lunettes.

 Cabaret La Gaîté takes place on July 28, 2018, from 22:00 to 00:30. It promises to be an ode to a bygone era of (Dutch) entertainment, in which the audience is swept away by an intimate “roaring twenties” setting. See for more information.



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