April 13 & 14, 2018
“Adi Braun – thoroughly Moderne in her smashing new disc” – Joseph So, Ludwig van Toronto
“…there is nothing whatsoever that can outshine Braun’s luminously sung performance.” – Raul da Gama, the WholeNote
“…biting satire and burlesque meet outrageously colourful art song.” – Raul da Gama, the WholeNote
In her live performance, in support of Moderne Frau, Braun pays tribute to the women of Weimar Berlin during the latter part of the interwar period between German’s defeat in World War I in 1918 and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, when arts and sciences flourished in the Weimar Republic. It was fertile ground for intellectuals, artists, and innovators from many fields. The social environment was chaotic, politics were passionate, and the cabaret scene was decadent. Women had a strong presence in the cabaret scene, performing songs of protest, prostitution, and everyday life, in the clubs. Even the sensational American entertainer and activist Josephine Baker who devoted much of her life to fighting racism – to whom Braun pays tribute in her song Josephine – made frequent visits to perform at cabaret clubs in Berlin during this period.
Our guest researcher, Dr. Pamela Swett will be presenting : Weimar’s ‘New Woman’: Myth and Reality in 1920s Germany
Pamela Swett is Professor of History. She came to McMaster in 1999 after receiving her PhD from Brown University. Her research interests include political culture, consumer politics, everyday life and gender in Weimar and Nazi Germany.
She has received research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is the author of Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany(Stanford, 2014) and Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933(Cambridge, 2004) and co-editor of Pleasure and Power in Nazi Germany (Palgrave, 2011) Selling Modernity: Advertising in Twentieth Century Germany (Duke, 2007).