There is still time to see a performance of ‘Jolly Weltschmerz’ before the end of the performance in the Knights’ Hall in Frederiksberg, a venue best known as an excellent children’s theater, which has now expanded its repertoire to include adult performances.
Suitable for non-Danes?
The big question is whether a non-Danish speaking person could enjoy this Danish cabaret spiced with English and German paraphrasing?
Maybe not the full context, but the setting for the cafe theater, bar and stage is visually exciting and definitely a pleasure to watch on a night on the town.
Arrive early for the pre-meeting on Tuesday from kl. 18.00, where various authors read from their work and the creator of the cabaret, Mette K Madsen, gives a little talk about what we can expect in the cabaret.
Order the signature drink ‘Green Knight’ (green knight), a cocktail mainly consisting of absinthe and champagne, take it to the theater and take a seat at one of the small tables. Mix and enjoy the atmosphere and the flavors.
The atmosphere is 1920s cabaret, and in the hands of the ingenious percussionist / conductor Thomas Dinesen, who carries you through the changing moods, you do not fall out of rhythm.
Dorte Holbek’s scenography, consisting of vertical elastics, is pure eye candy – especially in the first act, when used to their full potential in terms of both movement and light.
Sometimes better unsaid
‘Butter Hole’ is a recurring window throughout the performance – elegantly interwoven with delightful absurdity. One of the characters simply says continuously in a monotonous voice: “Life is a ship (life is a ship), life is a ship.”
It is therefore a shame that they choose to explain why life is a ship – better to leave it to the imagination, as it brings a myriad of images to think about and remains mysterious without further ado.
After all, life is a cabaret
Riddersalen Artist Cabaret helps to keep the tradition of cabaret alive in Copenhagen, and celebrates and challenges life in all its melancholy grandeur. We need cabaret more than ever!
I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Source: The Nordic Page