This summer, Dances of Vice presents a three-part series of nightlife experiences that pay homage to the legendary "sin cities" of the interwar period: Shanghai, Paris, and Berlin.
BERLIN: From the ribald to the revolutionary, Berlin between the wars drew a dazzling class of artists, intellectuals and aesthetes. Brecht, Berber and Benjamin were just a few who set the tone for this hotbed of intellectual (and skintellectual) rigor, where creatures of the night and polysexual pleasure-seekers came to life in vivid Expressionist tableau, bold Bauhaus designs, and daring Dadaist performances. For one night only, partake in Weimar decadence at its finest with characters plucked from the cabarets, the cinema and the streets. Paint your lids and lips and twist your languid limbs into dances of vice, horror and ecstasy - with a rare performance starring the incomparable Isengart with Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators.
OVERVIEW: Fraught with tension and uneasy alliances, the interwar period saw a surge in devil-may-care decadence around the world, and no greater than in the legendary sin cities of Shanghai, Paris and Berlin. These oases of transgression, licentiousness and wanton abandon fostered some of the most magnificent art, music and performance of the 20th Century: no one knew how to celebrate in riotous ecstasy quite like these three. Together, the vibrant ballrooms and cross-cultural confluence of Shanghai, the bawdy cabaret halls and romantic revelry of Paris, and the unchained hedonism and kinetic frenzy of Berlin's nightclub scene conjured a trifecta of international intrigue and lavish libertinism - and in this seductive spirit of subversion, we extend our hand to you.