An Evening at Chez Nous

11/18/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901

For fifty years, the West Berlin cabaret Chez Nous was a star-studded dance club, visited by celebrities and featured in Hollywood films. Chez Nous celebrated the artistry of female impersonators and trans women, including Coccinelle, the first French trans woman to legally change her name following gender confirmation surgery; Ricky Reneé, a drag performer who played Elke in Cabaret (1972); and Chicago’s own Marlow La Fantastique, an internationally acclaimed performer now residing in Bronzeville in her retirement. An Evening at Chez Nous brings that history alive with a cabaret-inspired event including clips of the cabaret’s revue from the 1970s, scenes from films set at the nightclub starring Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, Chicago dancer Darling Shear recreating Marlow’s fan dance, and Marlow La Fantastique herself, sharing her stories and memories of the famous dance club. The evening's emcee will be filmmaker and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Chase Joynt.

Note: This event takes place in room 901 of the Logan Center.

Curated by Nicole Morse (CMS) as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program.

Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Cinema 53, the Student Fine Arts Fund, the Department of Germanic Studies, and the Center for Theater and Performance Studies.

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