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Show stoppers !  Singers. The Blues.  Top Combos.  Listening Music.  Dance Theatres. And most of all Les Cabarets.
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Berlin is known for nightlife Cabarets:
A city of a Cabarets  With very ole vintage films made both in America and Germany itself - especially between WWI and WWII there were popular depictions of the Berlin cabaret.  Christopher Isherwood only romanticized what was indeed a tough room in which to perform, and he as well as other were successful in their efforts to imprint the International trendsetters forever about this popular genre as Berlin's entertainment innovative genre.  So much so.... Thus was to no surprise the first thing both the British, French, American and Soviet troops, themselves on their own, were to first rebuld were the cabarets.  Even today these very same cabarets are very popular among visitors of today, and for good reason. A lot romance happened as a result.


Marlene Dietrich was the first German actress to make it big in Hollywood. Her career as a singer started in Berlin in the 1920s as a cabaret singer and actress. It wasn't until her role as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel in 1929 that her breakthrough as a world-famous singer materialized with her first popular song Falling In Love Again. Although she detested the song, it became synonymous with her celebrity as a performer.

In the late 1930s, the Nazi Party officially invited her back to the Fatherland but she declined to return. Germany never forgave her for this act, even after the days of the Third Reich had long passed. Her decision to distance herself from her homeland was solidified even further by her recording of anti-Nazi songs such as
Lili Marlene. [ Source ]

In several American films after WWII this night spot was must inclusion in both the movie script, and if there was a location shot in Berlin, there would be a local star making a cameo showing as well.  The musical Cabaret to most observers who were there during the period was some-what accurate depiction but did not happen, however, all in one cabaret though-more like a concentrated depiction of what happen at least three cabarets combined.  The floor-show's action gleam, smoke filled atmosphere, multitude of perfume scents wondering in and about, and costumed glitters along with darken curtain gives you a sense of the actual action which was going on according to one occupying GI-Cold War Veteran.
The Berlin Cabaret, especially with its on sight closeness performer - audience intimacy is a tough competitor for New York City's Broadway blockbusters to beat. Even now you still still find 30's brimed hats along with trenchcoated males, and cross dressing or dazzingly very skimpy dressed dark netted hosed clad females appearing in cabaret scenes through out Berlin.  Also, these styles and dress genre, including cross dressings female habits has had a profound impact upon the gothic culture as well. There is simply no other nightlife like it. A real 1930s time lock.

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Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. The venue itself can also be called a "cabaret." The turn of the 20th century introduced a revolutionized cabaret culture. Performers included Josephine Baker and Brazilian drag performer João Francisco dos Santos (aka Madame Satã), both of whom were dark-skinned people of mixed ancestry. Cabaret performances could range from political satire to light entertainment, each being introduced by a master of ceremonies, or MC.

The term is a French word for the taprooms or cafés, where this form of entertainment was born, as a more artistic type of café-chantant. It is derived from Middle Dutch cabret, through Old North French camberette, from Late Latin camera. It essentially means "small room."

Cabaret also refers to a Mediterranean style brothel — a bar with tables and women who mingle with and entertain the clientele. Traditionally these establishments can also feature some form of stage entertainment: often singers & dancers — the bawdiness of which vary with the quality of the establishment. It is the classier, more sophisticated cabaret which eventually engendered the type of establishment and art-form which is the subject of the remainder of this article.

French cabaret

The first cabaret was opened in 1881 in Montmartre, Paris; Rodolphe Salís' "cabaret artistique." Shortly after it was founded, it was renamed Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat). It became a locale in which up-and-coming cabaret artists could try their new acts in front of their peers before they were acted in front of an audience. The place was a great success, visited by important people of that time such as Alphonse Allais, Jean Richepin, Aristide Bruant, and people from all walks of life: women of high society, tourists, bankers, doctors, journalists, etc. The Chat Noir was a place where they could get away from work. In 1887, the cabaret was closed due to the bad economic situation which made amusements of this kind seem vulgar.

The Moulin Rouge, built in 1889 in the red-light district of Pigalle near Montmartre, is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof. Notable performers at the Moulin Rouge included La Goulue, Yvette Guilbert, Jane Avril, Mistinguett, and Le Pétomane. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted numerous pictures and scenes of night life there.

The Folies-Bergère continued to attract a large number of people until the start of the 20th century, even though it was more expensive than other cabarets. People felt comfortable at the cabaret: they did not have to take off their hat, could talk, eat, and smoke when they wanted to, etc. They did not have to stick to the usual rules of society.

At the Folies-Bergère, as in many cafés-concerts, there were a variety of acts: singers, dancers, jugglers, clowns, and sensations such as the Birmane family, all of whom had beards. Audiences were attracted by the danger of the circus acts (sometimes tamers were killed by their lions), but what happened on stage was not the only entertainment. Often patrons watched others, strolled around, and met friends or prostitutes. At the start of the 20th century, as war approached, prices rose further and the cabaret became a place for the rich.




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