Robyn Archer: Dancing on the Volcano

City Recital Hall

Robyn Archer: Dancing on the Volcano

If you ever wanted to experience the Tingel-Tangel Kabarett in Berlin circa 1930, then this show, superbly performed by Robyn Archer, Michael Morley and George Butrumlis, is as close as you are very likely to get. - The Advertiser

There was a moment in Germany, between the two great world wars, when cabaret came alive. For just over ten years songwriters and poets described it as ‘dancing on a volcano’, which then exploded so rapidly into the worst excesses of Nazism.

Many think only of Brecht and Weill, but there were so many more songwriters and poets. This show gives us a hearty dose of Brecht and Eisler, but also Friedrich Hollaender (‘Falling in Love Again’), Wilhelm Grosz (‘Red Sails in the Sunset’), Kurt Tucholsky, Frank Wedekind, Mischa Spoliansky and more.

Teaming up again with longtime musical collaborators, Michael Morley (piano) and George Butrumlis (accordion), Robyn offers a truly authentic interpretation of this repertoire - raucous, funny, steeped in the musical harmony and political discord of the times, and often frighteningly relevant to our twenty-first century world.


Robyn Archer vocals
Michael Morley piano
George Butrumlis accordion

Duration: approximately 90 minutes, no interval 

Ticket Info

Standard $60
City Recital Hall Member $50

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Image: Robyn Archer 1990 (detail)
by George Gittoes
oil on canvas
Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012

Details are accurate at time of publication.