THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW:
A NIGHT OF CABERET
Hosted by John Jarboe from Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies Cabaret This is what you need right now is exactly that: an evening of songs of survival, soothing, rage, and sexual release for the new year featuring local and international artists. This night of song and performance will bring the artists of the festival out of their closet containers into the center of the arcade to perform together and give you what you need in 2018.
Expect sing-a-long, circus, glitter itch, lap sits, and some David Bowie music. Extensively rehearsed, researched, and curated in the two hours before the show, this night of cabaret will be a healing place of release, experimentation, spontaneity, and community.
AND THE BEARDED LADIES USA
John Jarboe is a director, singer, cabaret artist and writer based out of Philadelphia. He's currently using the music of Mr. Rogers, David Bowie, Exuma, German composers from the 1920s, and the Disney songbook to explore the rise of nationalism, American cultural imperialism, and the death of irony (light subjects). He runs The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia, an ensemble of composers designers and performers that combines the sensibilities of cabaret with those of opera and theater to create what they call "Cabaplays," works that sit on your lap and tell you a story. Jarboe also curates and hosts an monthly cabaret series at FringeArts at which artists such as Justin Vivian Bond, Penny Arcade, and Erin Markey have performed.
Costumes by Rebecca Kanach, Arrangements by Heath Allen and Pax Ressler, Pax Ressler on piano
Bearded Ladies are genreously supported by the Lida Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund as well as many individual donors.