Cabaret of the Nameless (Kabarett der Namenlosen)
In Cabaret of the Nameless (Kabarett der Namenlosen), Teri photographs startling geometric simplifications of the human form, and theatrical interior scenes, many lit only by the glare of candles. Teri's images focus on dramatic situations and subjects, and a high contrast of light and dark (chiaroscuro) similar to artistic techniques used by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Georges de La Tour in their paintings 400 years ago.
One hundred years ago, cabarets began to flourish in Berlin, and performances included political satires. In the 1920’s, Nazi power repressed this intellectual criticism. Gay performers were imprisoned and murdered in concentration camps. While in the camps, the artists continued having cabarets to lift everyone’s spirits until they were all gone.
One hundred years later, artist LePustra created Kabarett Der Namenlosen by offering a theatrical interplay of Berlin’s cabaret scene of the 1920’s, honoring the nameless performers who were executed or fled into exile. The cabaret not only explores sexual and artistic freedom, but also the dark and depraved undertones of the Weimar Republic cabaret culture during Nazi power.
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Kleine Nachtrevue challenges one’s preconceived notion that burlesque performances are tantalizing and objectify their performers. Teri creates images that display the comeback of this courageous performing art as a means of positive self-expression.
Berlin’s burlesque scene has its roots in the pre-World War I era when variety shows depicted political satire and criticism. With the rise of National Socialism, burlesque days were numbered. During the 1930’s many of the performers fled abroad. By the 1960’s, burlesque lost its cutting edge and became absorbed into mainstream entertainment.
Within Berlin's Schoenberg district is a small performing arts theater called Kleine Nachtrevue. Nightly shows consist of short song or dance numbers sprinkled with whimsical costumes. The performances are funny, acrobatic, thought provoking, rhythmic, sexy, and magical.