‘The theatre, the theatre,’ wondered avant-garde choreographer Danny Kaye, ‘what’s happened to the theatre?’ The fact that he chose to pose this question in a movie should give you some idea of just how serious things have become. Tai Shani previewed her new play Last Night I dreamt I was Venus from Beyond the Mirrors, inspired by the Dali’s Dream of Venus pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair, while Richard Strange spoke of a drunken Robert Fraser hurling shoes from his perch at the bar back in the sordid glory days of Cabaret Futura. Both spelled theatre to me in what was probably the chattiest and most smoke-wreathed episode of ‘Hollingsville’ so far. The spirit of Cocteau was with us – as always – just as the words on his headstone told us it would be.
Last Night I dreamt I was Venus from Beyond the Mirrors will take place at the Barbican on July 24. Cabaret Futura – aka the Cabaret of Dr Caligari – comes to life once a month in Paradise – for more details, please visit the show’s Facebook page
Hear Hollingsville TX7/12 ‘Events - the Birth of Chance’ this Tuesday June 1 at 11.00pm on Resonance 104.4 FM or download the podcast on Wednesday June 2 - although regular subscribers to the podcast will note technical details mean that the postings are running a little late at the moment.
Karlheinz Stockhausen in conversation with Ken Hollings (complete transcript)
Pictured above from top to bottom: Tai Shani dreaming of Venus; Richard Strange summoning Cesar into consciousness for another show