William Ludwig & Dean Austin 'Movimiento'

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Last Show: Thursday 6 th July 2017

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

We live in a world in turmoil. Politics, climate, war, migration, Donald Trump. A time of movement – movimiento. Borders are closed, movement restricted. The cabaret songs of Weimar Berlin, from Hanns Eisler to Spoliansky, have never been more relevant than they are today. They were written as an urgent response to a changing world and an uncertain future. Artists held a mirror up to the audiences of the Weimar cabarets and made this their responsibility. Cabaret kings” William Ludwig and Dean Austin will take you on a journey back to those times of upheaval. Movimiento is a show of two halves. A journey from dark to light. A journey into the heart of cabaret – from Berlin to the mysterious, prophetic tango songs of Astor Piazzolla and the music of Brazil. Music that broke rules and challenged the establishment. Satirical, dark, confrontational – welcome to the KABARETT!

After sold-out concerts at The Phoenix Artist Club, The Pheasantry and Crazy Coqs, a stint at New York’s Don’t Tell Mama and the Ruhrfestival in Germany, William Ludwig and Dean Austin return with their new cabaret Movimiento

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"cabaret kings William Ludwig and Dean Austin"

The Londonist

William Ludwig’s credits include West End, international tours, film, TV and a lead in BAFTA-winning short film Dancing in the Ashes. William's concert and cabaret projects have taken him to prestigious venues throughout Europe, including the Gewandhaus and Munich Philharmonie. Together with Dean Austin he toured Germany with Youkali, an acclaimed evening of the songs of Kurt Weill. Ports Of Call, an evening of French and German chanson, took him to the Grec Festival in Barcelona and a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival. William also appeared together with Broadway singer Anne Kerry Ford at New York's Cafe Sabarsky. He has recorded German cabaret songs with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.

Musical Director Dean Austin has worked in the West End, national & international tours and TV, working with composers in the UK and abroad. Productions include The Mikado and Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), for which he was nominated for Best Musical Direction in the 2014 Broadway World Awards; Zorro (Garrick Theatre), Side by Side by Sondheim and Taboo (The Venue), and national tours of Spamalot and Taboo. Also Piaf and Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre Royal York).

Band Lineup

William Ludwig (vocals)

Dean Austin (piano)