Cabaret Connexion: Films and Razzle-Dazzles

Lecture Series

Sunday, October 28, 2018

1:00PM - 7:00PM

International House Assembly Hall

The 8-day international conference of the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion begins with a day of film screenings and two "Razzle-Dazzles" at International House to celebrate the history of cabaret from France to the United States. Filmmaker Cheryl E. Grant, French historian Jacques Protat (with singer Maryline Rollet), Chicago-based music historian Charles Troy and others invite you to explore the intimate art of cabaret performance. 

1 PM: Film screenings 

  • Chicago premier of the documentary The Torchbearers: Cabaret, a romance in words and music, with filmmaker Cheryl E. Grant
    • 8 years in the making, Grant interviews a panoply of cabaret artists from Paris and New York City, including Yves Mathieu and Cassita at the Lapin Agile, Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Wallowich, Andrea Marcovicci, Maude Maggart, Jason Graae, Michael Feinstein, Alex Rybeck and more.
  • A film short: Au Cabaret, an homage by painter/singer-songwriter Christian Stalla
  • Preview of David Marienthal's documentary on the iconic Chicago supper club Mister Kelly's
  • Preview of XXY, a cross-border multi-arts exploration of essences of womanhood and the "feminine" in 7 portraits, created by Clotilde Rullaud
  • A film short: Ovations for a Wise Man and a Fool: a Vocal Canvas film melds photographs, art masterpieces, circus workers, and two songs, "Bravo pour le clown" and Elizabeth Doyle's "Like a Tree" 
  • Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Cheryl E. Grant, Julia Cook-Ravel, David Marienthal, Clotilde Rullaud


3:30 PM: Razzle-Dazzle #1: 

  • Le Cabaret New Yorkais (by Jacques Protat from Dijon; songs performed by Maryline Rollet of Paris) 

5 PM Razzle-Dazzle #2:

  • 100 Years of Cabaret in Chicago (Charles Troy and June Sawyers; singers to be announced). Followed by a Q & A with the presenters
    • This Razzle Dazzle is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. 

With Charles Troy, June Sawyers, Holly McGuire, Jacques Protat, Elizabeth Doyle. Followed by Q&A with the historians. 


Tickets available for purchase at the door. General admission: $20 | VIP reserved seating: $50 | Students: Free with UCID. 

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Presented by Global Voices Performing Arts Series, the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, the France Chicago Center, Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.