Decadence, drama and delight - Bach's Coffee Cantata as you've never seen it before! Fully costumed, this colourfully staged show presents Bach's comic cantata depicting the rise of the coffee house(and coffee addiction!) in 18th-century Germany, re-imagined by Australian production designer Elizabeth Gadsb
In this tale of coffee addiction, a father tries to get his daughter off the espresso and threatens all manner of things; no parties, no shopping trips, no device time(ipads), but nothing takes, until… he promises to find her a lover if she gives up the cappuccino! This does the trick but his daughter sneakily has compulsory coffee drinking written in the marriage contract. Told in contemporary English, this comic tale is engaging, and light hearted, very unusual for Bach and 1 of only 2 comic works he wrote in his lifetime.
“wonderful on so many levels”
“out of this world”
“charming, eccentric, terrific”
“exciting, exhilarating and enormous fun”
JS Bach – composer
Elizabeth Gadsby – production designer
Jacqueline Dossor – concept
Helen Kruger – artistic director
Performers: Helen Kruger, Sarah Papadopoulos violins, Andrew Skinner flute, Amelia Peachment viola, Josephine Fountain cello, Jacqueline Dossor double bass, James Huntingford harpsichord, Bonnie de la Hunty soprano, Matt Ward tenor, Kris Bowtell baritone
AvailabilityAnytime after October 2020
ArtformsChildren / Family, Comedy, Live Music
AudienceWe have done this show as both a family show (daytime) and as an adult show(not R rated of course, but coffee cocktails could replace coffee for an evening performance!).
Bump In3 hours
Bump Out1 hour
Costs'- Weekly Fee: $12,500
- Cost per performance: $5,500
- No remount
- 1% royalties
*Above fees do not include touring costs
Company ContactsHelen Kruger
0466 310 019
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Venue FormatAll venue formats are possible with this show. The only restriction is that it needs to be indoors as we are performing on instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Touring Party10 total
First possible performance: Any date after October 10th 2020
Minimum break between shows: 1.5 hours
Minimum stage width: 3.5 metres
Minimum stage depth: 3 metres
Lighting to be provided by the venue:Simple ambient lighting for evening shows or for black box spaces.
Audio provided by the company: Nil (acoustic instruments)
Audio to be provided by the venue: Nil
No. of additional staff to be provided by the venue: Nil
Dressing Rooms Required: 1 female, 1 male preferred
Community and Audience Engagement:
We will use our FB/instagram presence, contacts with local schools, local music communities, local event listings, local radio interviews, local paper features as well as flash mob pop ups on the day or day before the event. We will also release “sneak peeks” of the rehearsals of the show and interviews with the players in the lead up to the concert dates.
Posters, flyers, video (attached), media releases
*The attached show reel is from Helen’s UK ensemble, the Little Baroque Company. Helen owns the company and so the rights to this show are hers.