An End To Dreaming
An End to Dreaming is a theatrical piece of cabaret modeled around a fairy tale quest to escape the darkness. Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach (two cabaret performers with great respective accolades) are our guides on this journey. The show is broken up into five stages with each stage being introduced with a piece of narrative from the storybook world. La Boheme is a perfect venue for a show that demands an intimate relationship with the audience.
Our performers enter wearing hoods, the space is filled with a keyboard and a piano and soon the first song begins. This is not your typical fare where the performers make amusing banter between songs, this is serious stuff with every effort made to maintain the intimate and delicate atmosphere of the gloomy fairy tale. The brief moments of narrative between each segment serve to further the story, but without the music these moments feel considerably colder then the intense and emotive quality of the songs. This is a shame considering the space between songs can be used to develop an even stronger connection with the audience. Fortunately these incredibly talented performers have the ability to completely engage the audience with their stunning vocals.
Emma Dean is an absolute delight. Her powerful voice displays such dedication to her craft with the ability to imbue her lyrics with deep emotion as she caresses each note with love and care. A particular highlight is her song 'Stuck in the Mud' which reflects one of the key themes of the show, the challenge to recover from loss and overcome personal struggles. Jake Diefenbach is at his best when he is able to display his wonderful energy in songs such as 'Fun and Games' where Emma Dean complements him on violin. Both performers come together in excellent fashion with their rich vocals and obvious friendship resulting in a lovely combination of styles.
An End to Dreaming is an opportunity to share a space with two cabaret performers who together create an astonishing performance that showcases their amazing talents. If you prefer your cabaret dark, sombre and inspiring, this is where to find it.
Photo courtesy of Emma Dean and Jake Diefenbach