4 - 15 July 2017
From London’s West End to Berlin to her hometown of Adelaide, Archer’s virtuosity and interpretation of the cabaret repertoire is legendary. Robyn Archer and her musicians bring to life music from the classic cabaret repertoire—from Paris’ Le Chat Noir to 1930’s Nazi Germany—to the songs that shaped America. A passionate journey through Archer’s eyes of the mood and events of those eras, it’s also a reminder of how music holds us together across time.
Robyn Archer will perform three different shows on the intimate Stables stage:
Que Reste T’il (What Remains?)
Featuring a selection of “pungent, roistering songs from the French archive” (The Barefoot Review), Archer leads us through the intimate nightclubs of Paris in the 1880s and the origins of cabaret, including rare works by Aristide Bruant and French greats Piaf, Trenet and Brel.
Dancing on the Volcano
Archer draws on the songs and poetry created during that period of turmoil between the two world wars – songs that retain all of their bite and relevance today. Darkly humorous and satirical, many composers of that time were forced to flee Germany. Brecht, Weill and Hollaender feature in this stirring set.
The (Other) Great American Songbook
A portrait of America over time, through song, which covers everything from the Civil War and the Great Depression, to many of its citizens’ favourite vices. Archer delights with an epic range of song, including music by Bob Dylan, Pink and the odd Broadway hit.
Download the Robyn Archer online program here
With Robyn Archer
Accompanied by Michael Morley (Piano) and George Butrumlis (Accordion)
Lighting Designer Daniel Barber
Approximately 90 minutes, with no interval
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