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Cabaret in Chapel Bar

With Vaudeville artist Emily Shephard

Red-bottomed, black heels on legs with fishnet tights against a navy blue background.

About the Performance

Join us for a special production by the Vaudeville artist Emily Shephard with choreography by Jaclyn Kriewall and other artists dedicated to continuing the cabaret art form born from a thriving and decadent nightlife that provided escapism from the struggles of daily life, during Germany’s Weimar Republic of 1919–1933.

As part of the journey through artistic movements in classical music, jazz, cabaret, opera, art song, and more Fotografiksa is presenting these performances in recognition of the Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice on from January–May 2024 at Carnegie Hall.

In recognition of the season’s ongoing programming Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall atrium will feature Ringl+Pit, presented by Fotografiska New York, featuring the work of artist duo, Ellen Auerbach and Grete Stern. Auerbach and Grete met in 1929 in Berlin when the fragility of freedom was omnipresent. Through their collaborations on portraits, advertisements, and graphic design they became students of the Bauhaus movement.

Auerbach and Grete infused their work with strange objects and surreal compositions. As the years progressed, the dangerous and oppressive environment threatened the lives of these queer, Jewish artists and forced them to close their studio in 1933. They both fled to different countries and were never able to artistically reconnect in such a meaningful way again.

Tucked away in a reimagined former 19th-century chapel, Fotografiska New York’s Chapel Bar is home to an after-dark lounge, complete with a stellar cocktail program, live events and performances — and the occasional confession.