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.
PARIS: The city of seduction never burned brighter than in the years following World War I. Paris ignited in the 1920s and 30s, entreating pleasure-seekers from all corners of the earth to its smoky cabarets and dancehalls replete with ex pats, ne'er do wells and lovers looking to get lucky. These "crazy years" in the city of lights hosted some of the greatest creative minds of the century, from Salvador Dali and Man Ray to Josephine Baker and Cole Porter. Immerse yourself in jazz age jubilation, surrealist insouciance, literary glitterati, and showgirl coquetry. Luxuriate in Parisian freedom and its attendant thrills as you gratify all your senses in a seductive night of synesthesia and electric exaltation.
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.