Here, at long last, is a taste of our performance in and around the crowd at Shea's last summer as part of Buffalo Spree's 2008 Best Of WNY party. (Sidenote: Guess which self-acclaimed improvisational satirical collective nabbed an award that night as Best Experimental Act?)
Sad you missed us? Weep not, for we've been invited back THIS year:
Best of WNY 2009 Thursday, June 25 Shea's Performing Arts Center 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of the party--and either way it's a bargain, given the amount of food you'll get to try, the wine you'll taste, the goodies you'll take home, and the friends you'll run into, to say nothing of a once-in-a-lifetime Dream Cab show. All the proceeds benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times.
OK, OK, so we're still not the most diligent of self-promoters, but we've been steadily Dream Cab-bing away all along. At the moment we are working on WoyUbu, an epic collaboration with the Intermedia Performance Studio at UB and a veritable army of robots and the humans who make them run. It's so epic, in fact, that some of us have been working on this thing for over two years now--but next month, every Friday and Saturday from March 13 to 28 at 1716 Main in Buffalo, you'll finally be able to see the end result.
In the meantime, you can watch the production come together through this behind-the-scenes blog, with entries by the director, performers, tech masterminds, and other parties. (That's right--shocking as it may sound, we are working with an outside director, learning lines, rehearsing for more than a week ... It's a whole new world for the Real Dream!)
You're probably wondering what the Real Dream Cabaret has been up to lately because "keeping our website and blog up to date" is clearly not part of the answer. Though not technically a RDC project, several cabbers (Jack Papier, Ronawanda, The Why Not Guy, Elizabeth and Eamonn) portrayed pretty much an entire town in Brian and Holly's epic cinematic retelling of the Scarlet Letter, starring our own Claire as Hester Prynn. The film premiered to a packed house at Hallwalls in February and got raving reviews. Squeaky Wheel's Peep Show brought out our romantic side as we gave Speed Dating another shot. Ronawanda, Elizabeth, Doug and The Why Not Guy were looking for love but alas, it wasn't meant to be. March was easier. So easy, in fact, that we presented the Easy Show for one night only at Rust Belt Books. The evening featured not one but two splashy musical numbers, topical Spitzer/Hooker jokes and Anna Chiaretta. All three seemed popular. We also learned just how prolific Holly is (answer: very). In preparation for the perpetually upcoming Outlaw Show we're enjoying the ongoing Real Dream Cabaret Book/Movie Club. So far we've watched Steal This Movie, Bonnie and Clyde, Paper Moon, Dogville and Breathless.
Friday, April 13, 2007 at 8 pm Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY Tickets $7 general - $5 students and seniors - $4 members
Carpetbagger film artist Mark Street and Buffalo cognoscenti THE REAL DREAM CABARET and members of the OPEN MUSIC ENSEMBLE join forces to meditate on climate change, that elusive inside/outside chasm, and how this city can be read differently depending on your vantage point. This rollicking, untamed evening of live performance, film and music will include interviews conducted on city streets about global warming, madcap anachronistic vignettes, hand painted 16mm film footage, archival images of the ‘77 blizzard, sublime and winsome footage of the Ohio St. bridge and a short movie of a former resident rediscovering a love of bowling first discovered on the Polish East Side in the late 1960’s.
Brooklyn-based MARK STREET is this year’s Hallwalls Arts Residency Project media artist in residence. Street’s works have screened at: Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum, Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Festival du Cinema Nouveau, Montreal, Oberhausen Film Festival, Viennale International Film Festival, Vienna,VIPER Film Festival, Zurich, European Media Arts Festival, Pacific Film Archive, SF Cinematheque, San Francisco International Film Festival, NY Underground Film Festival, Reel NY, CH 13 WNET NY, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival. “My work ranges from abstract hand-manipulated pieces to work that involves found footage, to feature length improvised narratives. Each film attempts to investigate new terrain, and avoids being confined by a specific look or mood....I like to work the surface of film to create rich visuals which I shape in a very intuitive, personal way. Since I started making films in 1983 I've always gone back to painting, bleaching and marking frames one by one; I'm exhilarated by this tactile relationship with film material. I like the way these abstract films allow the viewer to be drawn into unfamiliar worlds ... My interests in film and videomaking are restless and peripatetic. I've made films about the American flag, soft-core pornography, a Brooklyn walk, a trip to Mexico, day-to-day life in Tampa, Florida and three high school girls celebrating their graduation. Each new project sends me spinning in a new direction. Because I reject the constraints of traditional production values and develop my own process for each new film, any subject seems possible.”