Having dazzled Australia and the world with her virtuosity and interpretation of the classic European cabaret repertoire, Robyn Archer AO has an unparalleled artistic career. For three performances only this July, Robyn Archer returns to Arts Centre Melbourne, in the Fairfax Studio, with Dancing on the Volcano, a biting satirical journey through Berlin cabaret of the 20s and 30s .
There was a moment in Germany, between the two great world wars, when cabaret thrived in an atmosphere which commentators described as ‘dancing on the volcano’. While the era began with relief that the war was over, it exploded rapidly into the worst excesses of Nazism. A truly authentic interpretation of the repertoire, these songs written between 1919 and 1933 tell that dramatic story through a hearty dose of Brecht and Weill, Brecht and Eisler, Friedrich Hollaender (‘Falling in Love Again’), Wilhelm Grosz (‘Red Sails in the Sunset’), Kurt Tucholsky, Frank Wedekind, Mischa Spoliansky and more.
Teaming up with long-time musical collaborators, Michael Morley (piano) and George Butrumlis (accordion), it’s raucous, funny and steeped in the musical harmony and political discord of the times, often frighteningly relevant to our twenty-first century world.
July 9 – 11