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Le beau est toujours BIZARRE
June 12 – June 16, 2018
Parterre am Rhy, Unterer Rheinweg 28, 4058 Basel

An art show curated by Fabrice Noir

Free Entry
Age 18+
Daily Opening Hours: 10–02h
Bar, Restaurant and Garden
Daily Performances: 20–23h
After Show Party Friday and Saturday: 23–04h

Le beau est toujours bizarre…

"The Beautiful is always strange.” Baudelaire’s life was strange, strained, and stained by controversy, but no study of 19th century French literature would be complete without his cynical view of the world. Baudelaire had a subtle understanding of beauty, in fact the whole quote says:

« Le beau est toujours bizarre. Je ne veux pas dire qu'il soit volontairement, froidement bizarre, car dans ce cas il serait un monstre sorti des rails de la vie. Je dis qu'il contient toujours un peu de bizarrerie, de bizarrerie non voulue, inconsciente, et que c'est cette bizarrerie qui le fait être particulièrement le Beau. »

In Baudelaire’s view, beauty is always strange, because beauty inevitably contains some oddness, some involuntary and unconscious oddness and it is precisely this obscurity which makes true beauty so unique and unparalleled. We also term it "The Sublime".

Ever since we created Cabaret Bizarre 12 years ago, the grotesque and the obscure shade of beauty has accompanied us. Characterized by freedom of expression, sexuality and fantasy, Cabaret Bizarre was originally inspired by Federico Fellini and Bertolt Brecht to create settings of an old-fashioned carnival, an erotic wonderland, a dark dreamland where amazing personal adventures are made possible. Over the past 12 years, we have staged more than 50 shows in fifteen different cities around Europe. On our journey we met and meet creative, miraculous and visionary individuals - some of them are performance artists, some of them photographers, sculptors, conceptual artists and musicians, others are club kids, queer activists, revolutionaries and freaks. What they share, is a common appeal to beauty, more precisely the strangeness of beauty.

This art show is aimed at reflecting the diverse interpretation of beauty each of the exhibiting and performing artists has.

Join us on our sublime journey by immersing yourself into a synthesis of art, dance, show and music.

We invite you to come and visit our exhibition and enjoy the performances, which will take place every night from the 12th to the 16th of June 2018 at Parterre am Rhy, Unterer Rheinweg 28, in Basel.

Performing Artists:
Suka Off (Poland)
Hyenaz (US/AU)
Odm Otomo (France)
Reverso (Chile)
Mad Kate (US)
Divine Putaine (France)
Missy Macabre (UK)

Exhibiting Artists:
Inside Flesh (Poland)
Denis Popoff (Belarus)
Shaltmira (Lithuania)
Romain Tièche (Switzerland)
Missy Macabre (UK)
Schneckewurst (France)
Odm Otomo (France)

Video & Light Performance:
ArtificialOwl (Switzerland)

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday, June 12: Odm Otomo, Divine Putaine
Wednesday, June 13: Missy Macabre, Odm Otomo
Thursday, June 14: Missy Macabre, Odm Otomo
Friday, June 15: Mad Kate, Reverso, Suka Off
Saturday, June 16: Hyenaz, Reverso

Earlier Event: June 16
Marina Abramović Book Launch
Later Event: June 16
Kusama – Infinity