JO VAN NELSENS GRAMOPHONE READINGS
JANUARY 18, 2024, 7.30 PM, IN GERMAN
MUSENKIND MIT MAULKORB - THE EARLY CABARET IN FRANCE AND GERMANY. PREMIERE
Feininger's study visit to Paris in 1892/93 and his work for the satirical magazines "Ulk" and "Simplicissimus" brought him directly into contact with the young art form "Cabaret", which had its origins in Montmartre and had been brought to Germany by masterminds and promoters of Jugendstil such as Otto Julius Bierbaum. The first cabaret foundations such as the "Bunte Theater/Überbrettl" in Berlin in 1901 and "Die Elf Scharfrichter" in Munich also recruited some of the authors of the aforementioned magazines.
Jo van Nelsen has already devoted himself in detail to these early cabaret years in his podcast "Wir richten scharf und herzlich!" published in 2021. In his new gramophone reading, which was created especially for our Feininger exhibition, he pays special attention to the omnipresent imperial censorship, which made life difficult for this young medium and for satirical magazines in Germany at the time. The trial of Franz Wedekind for lèse-majesté in one of his poems was the sad climax of this development - but the cabaret was unstoppable and will soon be celebrating its 125th anniversary!
Listen to the early voices of cabaret straight from an original gramophone, enjoy the performance skills and expertise of Frankfurt music cabaret artist and cabaret historian Jo van Nelsen, and celebrate the caricatures of Lyonel Feininger on this special evening at the SCHIRN Café.