Enchanting, playful, entertaining and all in all promising was the first Baunatal cabaret evening on Tuesday as a prelude to a whole series of cabaret events for which the Baunatal town hall will be available in the future.
The Amsterdam mask theatre “The Mask” started the evening with the eerily beautiful play “Mme Leopoldine’s Memoires”. For whom did Leopoldine, that antiquated, elderly lady with the distinguished expression on her face above her lace collar, prepare the lavish coffee table filled with cakes?
For whom did she slip the garter decorated with a fabric flower over her upper thigh? Obviously not for Oskar, the boy in a sailor’s collar, who was presenting her a bouquet of flowers and whose lascivious expression was directed solely at the cakes.
Leopoldine’s rapid change of mood between melancholy and manic cheerfulness, her fetishistic love for a puppet-man, and later her mysterious consensus with her sister Emilia, made Leopoldine a bizarre nightmare creature.
The great achievement of the two artists Iva and Petar Mandic consisted primarily in breathing life into the rigid facial expression of the swell-head masks through dance and gestures alone.