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Dolly Wiggler Cabaret

Thursday 31st, May 2018 / 11:04

Photo by Doug Wong

 

WHAT’S WITH THE DOLLS?

A raucous night of puppetry for adult audiences, produced by a bunch of wild and weird theatre types who aptly named themselves, CAOS – Calgary Animated Objects Society.  Cabaret director Xstine Cook stole the Dolly Wiggler term from famous marionette virtuoso Ronnie Burkett, who uses it to describe the art form of puppetry.

 

WHO’S THE COMPÈRE?

A fancy word for emcee, famous Cirque du Soleil clown Mooky Cornish is a legendary compère with a closet to rival Liberace. Working with New York vaudevillian Shane Baker, “a nice Jewish goy,” Mooky will unveil some new tricks up her sleeveless dress.

 

WHERE’S THE BEER?

Calgary’s #1 Legion is the perfect cabaret venue, inspiring rapture previously only experienced in 1920s Paris. Okay so there’s no absinthe on tap, but the Wiggler is a licensed, 18+ event. VIP tickets get you special front row seats.

 

WHEN DO PUPPETS HAVE POWER?

WP Puppet Theatre’s inspiring Puppet Power runs the same weekend, and the Dolly Wiggler showcases brilliant artists from that conference, including Ireland’s Beyond the Bark, Puppet Mongers, Bighetty Brothers from Manitoba, and Mulat Puppet Theatre from the Phillipines.

 

WHY DO PUPPETS SLAM?

The Dolly Wiggler is supported by the Puppet Slam Network, a brainchild of Jim Henson’s daughter Heather. Catch the latest brilliance from Calgary’s own puppet greats Long Grass Studio, Alice Nelson, Elaine Weryshko and a whole lot more.

 

HOW THE HELL?

CAOS founder Xstine Cook was inspired to start the annual Dolly Wiggler at a cabaret run by a group of performer friends in a squat across from a police station in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Coz Calgary deserves the best.

 

Dolly Wiggler Cabaret: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2

Royal Canadian Legion No. 1, 116 7th Ave. S.E. 8 p.m.

Tix $25 – $40. 403-266-1503

For more info go to animatedobjects.ca/dolly-wiggler-cabaret

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