Cerverii Circus Collective: A Satie SouvenirSaturday, April 28, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
The Cerverii Circus Collective, a newly formed group for interdisciplinary performance, presents A SATIE SOUVENIR.
This cabaret performance focuses on the music and writings of eccentric French composer, Erik Satie (1866-1925) who energized and stimulated Parisian cultural life of the early 20th C. as a precursor to modernism.
The program includes several of Satie’s cabaret songs as well as art songs, selections of texted piano works and works accompanied by visual projections. Several of Satie’s ironic musings and Dada-rich thoughts are also a part of the performance.
This presentation anticipates a larger, full-length theater work, “LOOKING FOR ERIK” now in development and planned for next season. “LOOKING FOR ERIK” takes a cue from Satie’s own creative output. This multi-arts performance piece examines the artist’s life and works the way Satie himself examined his own world – selectively, mischievously, emotionally, out of chronological order, and according to the timeline of the heart. Referred to by some as the most important footnote in music history because of his profound influence yet lack of popular recognition, Satie cultivated a potent mix of brash irreverence, subdued revolution, and naïve genius in setting culture on the path towards modernism.
“A SATIE SOUVENIR” will feature a glimpse into that upcoming work. Performers for the evening include Daphne Alderson (vocalist and well-known cabaret singer internationally, nationally, and locally, acclaimed as an artist of ‘dignified passion’ by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Jeff Howell (an actor recently seen in Citizens Market at City Theatre), projection designer Joe Spinogatti and Michael Cerveris (pianist and designer of interdisciplinary works).