What is this 'Surrealist Cabaret'?
Well, the SHORT VERSION is: a annual walking outdoor performance and installation presented by The Royal Frog Ballet each fall.
The performance takes audience members traveling through a farm landscape at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short performances, installation pieces, and roving characters created by artists working collaboratively in various media, exploring and celebrating themes of season and place. Magical, luminescent, and a dash of spooky.
AND THEN THERE'S THE LONG VERSION:
The Surrealist Cabaret is a buffet for the dream senses; a performance installation that draws on images familiar and ethereal, haunting and campy. With the wind full of the breath of apples, wood-smoke, the smell of fields turned under for the winter rye, violins bellow along with the cows, sequined show tunes follow dirty and divine offerings to the dead, poets mutter to the stones as sculptures and flags unfurl from the undergrowth. This is an evening not to be missed.
What started as an open studio for performance artists to show works-in-progress, The Cabaret, now in it’s tenth year, has turned in to a wild celebration of season, landscape, death and regrowth, spirits, stories and community. Each artist takes the theme for the year and runs with it, often in all directions. The evening will delight and befuddle you with its volley of dancing skeletons, puppet shows, flocking birds, poetry, lanterns, sculptures, parades, saints, dancers, stilters, musicians, and more! It is dirty, it is holy, it is down home, it is…well, surreal. Immersed in the landscape, characters seem to ooze out of the woods and fields as if they are always there, tucked just under the layer of our everyday routines.