Paris Commune

October 3 – 7, 2012

Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Our Show:
A revival of the radical cabaret of 19th-century Paris to tell the story of the 1871 Paris Commune—arguably the first socialist revolution in Europe—and a concert that took place there on the eve of its defeat.

Sights and Sounds:
History told and sung through engrossing first-person accounts, raucous popular songs like the Communist anthem "The Internationale," a can-can charting the history of revolution and labor in two minutes, and an operatic Army of France that kills with song.

Most interesting thing learned about the 1871 uprising:
That culture does, in fact, create the world we live in. Speeches and songs have power to shape our society. We often think of culture as a refuge from life; the Commune proves that life and culture are inseparable.

Best advice for discussing communism in social settings:
If you have to talk about dangerous things sometimes it's best to sing.
Identifier 2012f.01110
Season Fall 2012
VenueFisher Building (Fishman Space, Hillman Studio)
choreographerTracy Bersley
costume designerSarah Beers
directorSteve Cosson
lighting designerThomas Dunn
musical directorKen Travis, Benjamin Furiga
set designer/decorAlexander Dodge