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Weimar Cabaret: William Ludwig & Dean Austin

L'Aubette Live

Weimar Cabaret

Singer William Ludwig and musical director Dean Austin take you back to the turbulent years of the Weimar cabarets.

The duo, dubbed the 'cabaret kings' (The Londonist), will cover the satirical, political and iconic songs of the era - from Kurt Weill and Brecht to Hollaender and Spoliansky. The pair have performed this material at festivals in Edinburgh, Switzerland, Barcelona and Recklinghausen, Don’t Tell Mama in New York and on tour across Germany.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout Into the Night, the galleries will come to life with performance in the exhibition’s recreation of Strasbourg’s iconic L’Aubette (1928), focusing on the vitality and diversity of jazz as performed across the globe. The evenings are co-curated with Mark Kavuma, a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene.

Classic cocktails will also be served in the adjoining recreation of Vienna’s jewel-like Cabaret Fledermaus bar.

The performance starts at 7pm and is free with an Into the Night exhibition ticket. 

Please note that the performance finishes at approximately 8pm and the gallery closes at 9pm.


mark kavuma and michael shrimpling playing music in the exhibition into the night at the barbican

Barbican Sessions: Mark Kavuma & Michael Shrimpling


Trumpet player Mark Kavuma and bass player Michael Shrimpling perform 'Memories of you', composed by Eubie Blake, in our exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art.

Install shot of Cabaret Fledermaus

Rebuilding Vienna's Cabaret Fledermaus

From a black and white photograph to a life-size recreation in our gallery, we explore the story behind Cabaret Fledermaus and how we brought it back to life in Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art.

Barbican Art Gallery