Bard SummerScape Presents
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"Unique, intoxicating, wild and wonderful . . . enter the Spiegeltent—the tent of dreams—and you will never be the same again"
Edinburgh Fringe Magazine
This movable feast of exotic delights returns to SummerScape for a third triumphal summer. Since the late 19th century, the Spiegeltent ("Mirror Tent") has been a beloved tradition in Belgium and throughout Europe. It is a marvel of engineering, a glittering mirrored pavilion composed of 3,000 detachable, portable parts, with an eye-filling interior of carved wood surfaces, a parquet floor, beveled mirrors, stained-glass windows, and fulsome velvet canopies. For families or couples, the Spiegeltent affords a sumptuous and magical environment to enjoy dance, circus acts, or cabaret. In recent years, ambitious producers in the United States and Australia have welcomed an edgier generation of sexy neocabaret stars and wildly irreverent acrobats, jugglers, and performance artists.
Conveniently located next to the Fisher Center, the Spiegeltent offers an exciting variety of events: a reimagined multimedia version of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with art by U2's Bono; the composer's forgotten ballet Trapèze; a return engagement by the wacky Bindlestiff Family Cirkus; the New Albion new music festival; and SpiegelMaestro Nik Quaife.
Visitors to SummerScape can enjoy the Spiegeltent before or after performances in the Fisher Center, stopping for a brew or a bite to eat. After performances, audiences can linger to meet the artists over beer or wine at the bar.
Whether as a pleasant weekend trip for the family or a romantic date destination, the Spiegeltent offers a perfect nightcap after a day of opera, concerts, or theater.
July 5 – August 17
Thursday – Sunday
5:30 – 7:30 pm Dining
8:30 pm Cabaret
Saturday and Sunday afternoons,
Family Fare, Cabaret, and more . . .
Fridays and Saturdays
Late night SpiegelClub with guest DJs and dancing
All seating is general admission.
Gerry Leonard: Spooky Ghost
Gerry Leonard, a guitarist, songwriter, and producer, spends his free time performing with some of pop music's top stars. But on his own he is "Spooky Ghost," a solo musician whose most recent album was described by David Bowie as "the most beautiful and moving pieces . . . I have possessed in a long time."
August 14 at 8:30 pm, $25
SpiegelClub featuring Special Guest DJ Paul LaBarbera
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Evening Cabaret Performances
Bindlestiff presents a louche Cabaret informed by passionate embraces, a hair's breadth, silken acrobatics, unequivocal equipoise, sophisticated manipulation and physical poetry. Our galaxy of luminaries includes Ariele Ebacher, Adam Kuchler, Ringmistress Philomena and Mr. Pennygaff... with special guest stars, including a visit from the dark horse Presidential Candidate.
August 15 and 16 at 8:30 pm (rated PG13), $25
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Family Fare
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents a frolicsome folly for families and children of all ages... join your Ringmistress Philomena in the marvelous spiegelent and witness the balletic beauty of Miss Ariele as she dances upon the tightwire... marvel at the dazzling dexterity of Adam Kuchler and his Cigar Box manipulations... guffaw a Kinko's sadsack misadventures...gasp at Mr. Pennygaff swallows blades of steel... and shimmy in your seats to toe tapping Live circus tunes.
August 16 at 3:30 pm (rated G), $15 ($5 children)
August 17 at 1 and 3:30 pm (rated G), $15 ($5 children)
Bard Music Festival and SummerScape Closing Night Party
Come celebrate the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape with performers, participants, supporters and staff. Dance to music by special guest artists and DJs.
August 17 at 8 pm, free!
Thursday–Sunday at 10 pm
No cover charge
Offering a late-night bar with music and dancing, the SpiegelClub is the region's most exhilarating summer gathering place, where audiences and artists can meet over a drink or a casual bite and enjoy SummerScape evenings at Bard. Stay tuned to WKZE, 98.1, for weekly updates.
Image: Costume design for Harlequin, The Tragedy of the Masks, 1922 by Kasian Goleizovsky, from Theatre in Revolution: Russian Avant-Garde Stage Design 1913–1935, Thames and Husdon, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1991)