Artist Talk - Hans Kellet (Princessin Hans)

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Exeter Phoenix
Educational & Spoken Word

New Zealand-born Hans Kellett – best known in his now hometown Berlin as half of the queer punk-chanson band Princessin Hans – gives an insight into the performance format of the Kabarett; a far cry from the associations many have from Bob Fosse’s Hollywood movie. The German form of Kabarett has always provided a fertile breeding ground for political satire and even direct resistance. Just one of a group of artistic forms called Kleinkunst (literally the ‘Little Arts’) it serves as a performance model bridging the gap between high art and popular culture. In this performative lecture, Hans will look back over the history of Kabarett – from it’s bloodthirsty roots with Munich’s Die Elf Scharfrichter (The Eleven Executioners – 1901) to its contemporary incarnations. Perhaps, in our digitised times, just what is needed to bring raucous, political playfulness back onto the public stage.