The Wild Stage: Literary Cabarets of the Weimar Republic

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Alan Lareau's The Wild State: Literary Cabarets of the Weimar Republic reconstructs the artistic programs, repertoires, and reception of three famous Kleinkunst stages during the Weimar Republic: Max Reinhardt's Schall und Rauch (1919), Trude Hesterberg's Wilde Buhne (1921), and Werner Finck's Die Katakombe (1929). The Wild Stage explores the wide range of artistic experimentation in these literary locales, from Dadaist puppet plays to improvisational dance, political songs, nonsense poetry, and modern music. ...
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Overview

Alan Lareau's The Wild State: Literary Cabarets of the Weimar Republic reconstructs the artistic programs, repertoires, and reception of three famous Kleinkunst stages during the Weimar Republic: Max Reinhardt's Schall und Rauch (1919), Trude Hesterberg's Wilde Buhne (1921), and Werner Finck's Die Katakombe (1929). The Wild Stage explores the wide range of artistic experimentation in these literary locales, from Dadaist puppet plays to improvisational dance, political songs, nonsense poetry, and modern music. Using a wealth of unknown documents, including rediscovered manuscripts, program booklets, professional journals, press clippings, and rare sheet music editions, Lareau captures the brilliance and frustration of these young authors, musicians, and performers struggling to realize their artistic ideals while satisfying the commercial interests of the cabaret managers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Schall und Rauch - The Avant-Garde in a Beer Cellar 23
The Premiere Program 25
The First Season 39
The Demise of Schall und Rauch 53
2 Wilde Buhne - Literature for a New Audience 70
Milieu Poetry: Underworld Figures and Outcasts 75
New Songs for the Modern Metropolis 87
Satires of Stylish Society 96
New Music for the Cabaret 106
3 Die Katakombe - Revival of the Literary Cabaret? 126
The Beginnings of the Katakombe 127
The Katakombe to 1933 134
The Katakombe Under Nazi Rule 152
4 Conclusion - Ideal and Reality 180
Works Consulted 191
Index 211
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