Featuring: László Bóbis and the Savoy Garden Dance Studio
Songs from the front line, cinema, bars – during World War II
The evening of Singer Gabi Szűcs with her band, and Géza Hegedűs D., an actor of the Comedy Theatre, promises a unique musical journey in the Jewish Art Days Festival.
The performance evokes swing, the “American Music” banned in Hitler’s Germany; the artist that rejected her country and its politics, Marlene Dietrich; and various writers, poets, artists and performers banned because of their Jewish descent. Diary entries, songs, poems and articles: artistic instruments of resistance in the Holocaust era. The picture of an era in music and prose. Wanting to live in an inhuman world.
The evening evokes songs popular in the 1940s, especially during World War II, from Hollywood to New York, London, Paris, and Budapest. This period was the golden age of swing, chansons and ditties, while the world went through the worst six years of history.
Music was a consolation, the only source of pleasure, which made it to the soldiers on the battlefield, the canteens, the big screen, the radios; “Shoo Shoo Baby”, used the mothers who stayed at home hum to their children. The songs connected families that had been torn apart. Actors, singers, movie stars put on uniform to sing to the soldiers at the front line. Wanting to live and joy coupled with sorrow and death, farewells in tears, touching prayers, wild and frenzied rhythms: this was the music of the 40s.
The evening evokes this awesome era with songs, prose, dance, and images from the Andrews Sisters to Marlene Dietrich to the film Casablanca, and Hungarian hits. Besides Géza Hegedűs D. and Gabi Szűcs, the evening features László Bóbis and the Savoy Garden Dance Studio.