The Bearded Women Cabaret zigs if you count on them to zag.
When the Jap State Penitentiary requested the theater firm to carry out for a Bastille Day celebration poking enjoyable on the iconic 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette, they as a substitute confirmed up as the long-lasting 20th century French singer Edith Piaf.
After they had been chosen to create a efficiency honoring the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s start, they as a substitute put collectively a present deriding the poet’s racism.
Throughout a worldwide pandemic, when persons are struggling display screen fatigue as they spend a lot of their waking hours in Zoom conferences or on video chats, the Bearded Women say: Extra.
“We all know individuals’s consideration span is barely three minutes proper now – typically simply 13 seconds – however we’re going to offer you 12 hours of content material,” stated Bearded Women director John Jarboe, with a chuckle. “We’re actually listening.”
“FEAST” is a 12-hour marathon of reside streaming cabaret from all over the world. Jarboe has coordinated dozens of performers in 16 cities, together with Berlin, Melbourne, Paris, Mexico Metropolis, London, Seattle, and naturally Philadelphia, the place Jarboe relies.
The acts will stream a efficiency from their metropolis for about an hour, then hand off to the subsequent. A lot of the performances will probably be prerecorded and edited to make it as “watchable” as potential. Jarboe needs to keep away from the subpar look of low-budget, selfmade efficiency video that has grow to be so prevalent for the reason that pandemic compelled many artists to remain at house.
“We wish to make it appear supposed for the digital sphere: animation, shorter movies,” she stated. “We’re working with visible artists, in addition to cabaret artists, to verify it is a dense, scrumptious visible deal with.”
FEAST is an outgrowth of Late Night time Snacks, a nightly cabaret present with a rotation of performers Jarboe had been staging through the annual Fringe Pageant for the previous few years. When the pandemic made in-person efficiency unimaginable, she was compelled to think about a streaming platform, and the right way to overcome its drawbacks.
“We’re serving to the artists to determine the right way to movie it in a method that feels pleasant, and that doesn’t create that sense of FOMO,” she stated, as in Worry Of Lacking Out.
Cabaret artists usually play to the room, with numerous direct interplay with the viewers. Audiences watching cabaret video may need they had been in that room, however Jarboe designed FEAST to assist audiences really feel simply as delighted to be at house.
“We’re looking for that fantastic steadiness of enjoyment in attending to see different individuals’s worlds and their totally different recipes for cabaret, however not, ‘Oh my God, this might be so a lot better if I had been there,’” she stated.
FEAST runs on Saturday from midday to midnight on Twitch, a free video-streaming platform.