Any night could be their last performance. Danger, disease and betrayal surround the Jewish musicians, singers, dancers, acrobats, opera and theatre performers thrown together and trapped in the Ghettos of WWII. But their fear is transformed into art as they try to create meaning out of the terror and chaos around them.
Full of Yiddish songs unheard for decades, The Ghetto Cabaret is provocative and challenging, revealing the black humour, courage and wit of a people struggling to survive.
Presented by fortyfivedownstairs with the Kadimah Yiddish Theatre, audiences are challenged to re-think the widely held narrative of Jews in WWII as helpless victims and instead as spiritual fighters using theatre to inspire resistance, resilience and dignity in the worst of times.
Written by Galit Klas and directed by Gary Abrahams, The Ghetto Cabaret tells a daring story created by third generation survivors rewriting the narrative of the Holocaust as a story for everyone.
Women’s voices today are being heard as never before. And now the power, beauty and mystery of female Yiddish voices of all ages will be unveiled in a dramatic new show. Uniquely Melbourne, Yiddish Divas brings together 10 distinct and captivating female Yiddish singers across the generations, from age 10 to 60 and every decade in between, in a daring show of transformation, diversity and surprise.
Opening Gala, Melbourne Jewish Book Week
The World According To
A literary styled cabaret where music meets storytelling.
Featuring local and internationally renowned artists, the next generation will be moulding a new contemporary culture in our already exciting and vibrant community in what promises to be a spirited evening of music and performance.
Former ABC Warehouse, Selwyn st Elsternwick, Saturday 17th March 2018
Balaganeyden, A Messy Paradise
Shikered: A Purim Cabaret
Political satire Purim cabaret. This is Purim for grown-ups as you’ve always imagined it should be – raucous, naughty and filled with Yiddish drinking songs! Come dressed in costume or simply don a fancy hat or mask and join in the fun as MCs Evelyn Krape and Galit Klas lead you on a wild and wicked night of original Yiddish cabaret-style entertainment.
Kadimah, 24th-25th February
Synagogue and spirituals
Brett Kaye and Galit Klas have presented Jewish inspired concerts and cabaret shows in Melbourne and interstate combining Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Cantorial and Contemporary Jewish music. Brett Kaye is the senior chazzan at Melbourne’s St Kilda Shule, and is renowned for having a beautiful lyrical tenor voice and for being a ‘chazzan outside the box’. Galit Klas is a chazzanit for the Progressive synagogues in Melbourne; she works as a cabaret artist and director and is known for her dynamic performances and powerful vocals.
Temple Beth Israel, Sunday 3rd September
Klas and Kogosowski
Liza and Judy
Legendary mother and daughter Judy Garland and Liza Minelli have a close yet fraught relationship. Liza tries not to make the same mistakes as her mother. Does the apple really fall that far from the tree? Featuring the glorious songs sung by the famous pair in the Hollywood musical and cabaret eras.
Liddiard Gallery, Sunday 16th July
Sunday October 23rd 2016. 5pm
Belle Nuit D'amour
Fabulous program with Emily Xiao Wang and Alan Kogosowski. Gorgeous operatic duets and arias all in the theme of "Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour"
Glamour, upbeat tunes, edgy poetry and witty political commentary featuring some of Australia’s finest Yiddish and Polish entertainers.
June 19th 2016
Belle Nuit D'amour
3pm, St. John's Uniting Church Elsternwick
Ticketes: 9570 1954 or 9532 7593
Favourite opera duets (Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann, Flower duet from Lakmé), solos (O mio babbino caro, Un bel dí), Music Theatre, and piano solo – Warsaw Concerto
Thursday 17th and Sunday 20th March
Seven Sisters Festival
Thursday - performing in the Chai Tent with sister and superstar percussionist, Shanie Klas. Featuring a soothing set of delicious arrangements of 20th century classical music, with a few improvisations.
Sunday 20th - Performing with composer/pianist/synthesiser Hanna Silver. Featuring songs from our latest original song cycle "Songs of Self Help", the latest Klas and Silver cabarets and a couple of Piaf tunes for good measure. Also at the Chai Tent. 4pm
Thursday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm
All your favourite Yiddish, Hebrew, English tunes raising money for WIZO and their project for troubled teens in Haifa
Armadale Bowls Club - 1pm
Sunday 27th March
Hanna and I will be busking a few sets at the CERES market. Come along for some original tunes, a special musical guest, and the lovely atmosphere at the CERES marketplace
Wednesday 16th December
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon at Beleura with myself, Alan Kogosowski and Soprano Emily Xiao Wang. Singing a collection of classical, music theatre and christmas songs including some beautiful duets.
Call Beleura for tickets on:
03 5975 2027
December 20th 6pm
Ruby's Music Room
You never know what you will hear, but you know it will always be real and powerful. Music that will make you laugh, cry, dance and make your heart soar. From old Yiddish hits to sexy cabaret and originals, special guests and more.