Xaviera Hollander presents:
FEATURING FREDERIK CAELEN ON PIANO AND ACCORDION
Belgian singer Micheline Van Hautem performs the songs of her fellow countryman; the extraordinary Jacques Brel. Van Hautem's interpretations of Brel’s dense, complex lyrics and stunning melodies keep the essence of the originals; elegiac angry, funny, heartrendingly beautiful songs. The second part of the show is a salute to the women that have inspired her: from Edith Piaf and Marlène Dietrich to Sara Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Etta James and Julie London.
The incredible talented Mohican-headed accordionist/pianist , Frederik Caelen, is more partner than accompanist, deepening the tantalizing moods. He seems able to anticipate her every change of direction and inflection.
‘Micheline Van Hautem's interpretation of the mesmerizing songs of Jacques Brel is pure dynamite She doesn't so much sing them as inhabit them, exploring their complex passions, giving them, in her words ' the mother and father of blood transfusions.'
Singing in French and English, often within the same song (and the translations make perfect poetry) from the first pearl, the devilish rhetorical ‘Ça va?’ to ‘If You Go Away’ is even more of a balance between devastation and sexual promise and ‘La Valse A Mille Temps,’ getting dizzier and dizzier with every chorus, is now in danger of spinning off into orbit. Van Hautem shows just why Brel's songs have had seminal influence on singer songwriters the world over she offered an astonishing version of ‘Au suivant’, becoming both soldier and prostitute.
The aggressive edge that she brings to ‘Ne me quitte pas’, first made famous by Edith Piaf, has you covered in gooseflesh, a knot in your throat, as she re-enforces the desperation of the line 'don't go away' by suddenly throwing out her right arm, her finger pointed as if a pistol ready to shoot
The aggressive edge that she brings to Ne me quitte pas, first made famous by Edith Piaf, has you covered in gooseflesh, a knot in your throat, as she re-enforces the desperation of the line 'don't go away' by suddenly throwing out her right arm, her finger pointed as if a pistol ready to shoot A real tour de force, not to be missed.
'This is a perfect show.’
‘Micheline Van Hautem is in a different league. She is, simply, fabulous. And Frederik Caelen, worth the price of admission on his own.’
Written and performed by comic/actor David Benson
January 9 and 10, 2009 at Black Box Teatro
In 1998, exactly one year after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales David Benson’s second solo show was the first to examine in detail the events of August 31st 1997 and the funeral that followed. A smash in Edinburgh, the show was equally successful at the Sydney Opera House. Now, in a specially updated new version of the show, Benson once again turns his sensitive but sardonic attention to one of the defining events of the last Century.
They said that “Nothing would ever be the same again.”September 1997: the entire country ground to a halt for the Funeral of the Century. Yet twelve years later, the events of that day and the week leading up to it have taken on a surreal vagueness. Who can now remember which celebrity mourners showed up to pay their respects at Westminster Abbey? What unprecedented gesture did the Queen make as the coffin passed her front door? And just who, if anyone, was responsible for Diana’s death, anyway?
David Benson examines these and other questions with the same acerbic wit and charm that have made his shows “Think No Evil of Us” “My Life With Kenneth Williams” and “To Be Frank” such favourites with audiences throughout Britain.
Take a front row pew at Westminster Abbey and SEE: Cartland - Branson - Kissinger - Barrymore -Cliff! - Elton - The Two Toms (Cruise and Hanks) - Dickie Attenborough- Tony - George Michael - Al Fayed - Mrs. Windsor and the entire Royal Family - and many, many more!
Avoiding much of the waspishness that could be visited on such an easy target, Benson delivers a touching, sometimes despairing rendition of the funeral in Mourning Glory.
Reliving that afternoon inSeptember, he introduces the celebrity cast one by one: Elton John and George Michael; the two Toms, Hanks and Cruise; Messrs Branson and Barrymore. It is a ghoulish collection, but all are upstaged by the presence of the Queen.
SHOWTIME: JANUARY 9 AND 10, 2009 AT 21.00 HOURS
BLACK BOX THEATRE c/ Notario Luis Oliver, 6 Marbella Centre
PRICE PER TICKET EURO 20
or call the Black Box theatre at 952779172
Mother, triumphant over her adversary. The rest of the Royal Family are portrayed as a sad collection of bewildered onlookers, sitting silent and nonplussed as first Earl Spencer delivers his onslaught and then the audience outside the church sets off a response that eventually infects all but the Royals.
The effect of familiarity is aided by Benson's excursions into impressions, which range from Frankie Howerd to a wonderful take on Tony Blair's Olivier- like funeral delivery of Corinthians: "The impressions relax the audience, it makes them trust me."
He is still, one suspects, rather envious of the more direct approach of one of his heroes, Quentin Crisp. "I remember he said, 'Diana was trash and she got what she deserved. How dare she divorce the heir to the throne and try to marry an Arab?'" But that's a stand- up line, and David Benson doesn't do stand-up.
What the critics say about Mourning Glory:
“... Praise should be forthcoming for sharp comic observation and Benson's increasingly impressive stage presence. His take-off of Tony Blair's funeral speech was almost scary, and his ability to interact with the audience strangely comforting. In the hands of the less accomplished, much of this material could prove clumsy and tasteless...”
Colin Somerville - The Stage
“... Surely nobody could make the national psychic trauma that was the death of our beloved Queen of Hearts anything other than the most ghoulish joke? David Benson could. In his skilled hands we learn of the real meaning of the day - "it took our minds off the boredom of our lives"; we learn why people lined up in Belfast to sign the book of condolences - "the queue was short"; and who the most nervous person in Britain was that sunny day in August - "It was Liz [simulates crown]. She was bricking it." For the sheer range of his performance, the tautness and vitality of his language, and the masterful comic insight, David Benson has few peers. And he can sing, the swine. Miss him at your peril...”
Mark Wilson - The Independent
Xaviera Hollander presents:
by Nessim Zohar
It is worth going to see Nessim Zohar’s production. My Mother's Soup is as full-bodied, flavorsome and exotically enticing as the molocheya soup Tel Aviv’s famous writer/performer Nessim Zohar prepares during the show and is truly a treat for all the senses.As you enter the auditorium the smells of the middle east assault you, wetting the appetite and transporting you immediately to Alexandria in Egypt, where the plot unfolds.
Based around the author's life, this is an enchanting, moving, suspenseful and hilarious production. Memories of his childhood in Alexandria are summoned up and invested with almost idyllic overtones. As he stirs up the secret ingredients of his Molocheya, Zohar leads us on the journey of a young man trying to fight for the love of a mother he adored and hated at the same time.
Witness his secret spites and petty grudges, his terrible innermost secrets and above all, his enduring love and awe for his mother, the woman who fed his heart, mind and soul until the very day she died, reaching for an unreturned hug from her hospital bed. In a bid to ease his terrible guilt and reach some kind of reconciliation with his dead mother, the son prepares her favorite dish, Molocheya, on the anniversary of her death. It will be the first time he has tasted the dish in 50 years, having avoided its consumption out of sheer spite and bitterness since his early boyhood.
Like the soup, Zohar brings his audience slowly to the boil with a tremendously inspired performance that is as professional as anything you will ever see on stage. You will be hooked from the moment you enter until the moment you leave and although you are all eager to go out to the bar for a taste of the famous Molechaya soup, a little part of you wants to call “more , more”.
You will no doubt say with your hand on your heart and a spoon in your mouth, this truly is the tastiest treat you will ever get at any of Xaviera Hollander’s productions
Nessim Zohar was born in Egypt and immigrated to Israel in 1950. He started his acting career with the Haifa repertory company. Receiving a grant for most promising young actor, he lived for some years in New York where he attended the H.B. Professional acting workshop and studied filmmaking at the N.Y.U.
During his long career he played leads and major roles in all the repertory theaters in Israel, appeared on television radio and films. He has written scripts for film and theater and published a collection of short stories. “My Mother’s Soup” is the third one-man show he has written and produced.
Nathan Datner was born in Ramat Gan, and has for the past 25 years starred in all major companies off Israeli Theater. His directing career includes “ Sweet Charity”, “Guys and Dolls”, for acting studios,“Snapshots of a marriage” at Habima National theater, which he also translated and adapted. The musicals “Aladin” and “Cinderella”, he directed for independent producers and lately the Israeli rock opera “Dorian Grey” for the Prague opera house.
This performance is sponsored
by El Al Airlines
Xaviera Hollander presenteert:
door Nessim ZoharBeslist de moeite waard is deze productie van Nessim Zohar. ‘My Mother’s Soup’ is net zo rijk gevuld en smakelijk als de Molocheya soep die deze bekende schrijver en acteur uit Tel Aviv in zijn show bereidt. Al bij binnenkomst komen de exotische geuren van het Midden Oost je tegemoet,die je onmiddellijk naar Alexandria in Egypte vervoeren.
Xaviera Hollander and Sherry Midas present:
by Norman Allen Ricardo Melendez as Nijinsky
Nijinsky’s Last Dance by Norman Allen is a one-man drama featuring an outstanding tour-de-force performance by the mesmerizing Ricardo Melendez as the tortured dance great, Vaslav Nijinsky
May 16 2008 - 22.00
May 17 2008 - 20:30
Black Box Theatre in Marbella
Calle Notario Luis Oliver antiqua calle Finlandia
Tel: 34 952 779172
Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the greatest male tortured dancers of all time, was discovered at the tender age of 9. As with many child protégées, the pressure of living in a whirlwind of fame and excitement proved too much for the young star. In less than 90 minutes, the play moves in and out of the dark mind of Nijinsky to tell the story of his rise from obscurity to fame as a young dancer with the Russian Ballet; his innovative dance style that changed the face of modern dance; and his ultimate and tragic descent into madness.
Ricardo Melendez is utterly believable as the unstable and slightly crazed Nijinsky.
Creating a sense of incredible vulnerability, he encapsulates the audience as he tumbles back on a journey retelling the colorful tale through the dancer’s eyes.
“I am Nijinksky, I am Nijinsky, I am…”. This recurring statement evokes a feeling of pity and sorrow as the dancer moves the audience through his extraordinary life with the view that the world makes greater demands than simply the talent that is given by God.
Melendez powers on through the difficult tale, moving swiftly from one character to the next, creating an easily identifiable persona for each. His rippling body tackles this intense piece of physical theatre with ease, and his talent as both dancer and actor leads to an unforgettable performance.
One would believe that they are in the presence of the troubled man himself. Melendez is Nijinksky.
The life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky was as tragic as it was brilliant. Born in 1890, the Russian dancer blazed a trail across Europe, leaping higher and moving quicker than anyone before. Behind the glamorous parties and regal premieres, however, lay a fragile ego and caged artistic genius.
Climbing under the skin of this most complex of men is no mean feat, but Ricardo Melendez spends an hour immersed in Nijinsky's life. On a simple stage, draped with white linen cloths, Melendez takes us from Nijinsky's childhood in St Petersburg to his glory days in Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. He starts and ends with the tragic vision of this once great dancer, broken and near hysterical in a psychiatric hospital. It's a life story filled with passion and longing. Desperate to hold and, more crucially, be held by the beautiful women who surrounded him, Nijinsky had to forgo such pleasures for the sake of his career. Instead his nights were spent pleasuring Diaghilev and his "saggy bottom".
All of the main players in Nijinsky's life are brought to life by Melendez, with a simple change in stance or voice. It's a script which demands much of its performer - not least the Russian accent - but Melendez rises to the challenge admirably. A former dancer himself, with Alvin Ailey among others, he moves beautifully, albeit in a rather restricted space.Posing to have his picture painted, Melendez strips down to reveal a statuesque body. It is a moving scene which epitomizes Nijinsky's entire personality - well- founded conceit mixed with an almost pathetic vulnerability.
Melendez brilliantly portrays Nijinsky as well as nearly a dozen others who populated the great dancer’s life. The characters include Nijinsky’s lover Sergei Diaghilev, prima ballerina Tamara Karsavina, and artistic champion Auguste Rodin. Through the passionate telling of his own rise and fall, Nijinsky offers his audience a glimpse into a world descending into the chaos of World War I and the challenges facing an artist during this turbulent time.
A one man tour-de-force that delves into the psyche of dance legend, Vaslav Ricardo Melendez (Nijinsky) is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and he holds a BA from Butler University and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His acting credits include Hamlet at Theatre 22 and A View From the Bridge at the Gershwin Theatre both in New York City. Regional credits include Becket or the Honor of God, Twelfth Night, Love Valour, Compassion, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a dancer, Ricardo is the former Artistic Director of the Ballets De San Juan and has performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble Ballet Hispanico of New York and others. He served as principal dancer and Assistant Artistic Director for Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis. He has choreographed for shows all over the world. Ricardo is a member of Actors Equity Association and currently teaches at the Governor's School for the Arts.
“It's a script which demands much of its performer - not least the Russian accent - but Melendez rises to the challenge admirably." --Scotsman Critic’s Choice
"Ricardo Melendez is utterly believable as the unstable and slightly crazed Nijinsky. Creating a sense of incredible vulnerability, he encapsulates the audience as he tumbles back on a journey retelling the colorful tale through the dancer’s eyes. Melendez IS Nijinsky."
"Flawless, Fabulous, Fantastic! Forget the other shows on your list--go see this one!"
--Leon Conrad, United Kingdom
"One truly can leave a theatre feeling they've spent an hour in the company of a hero."
--Gill Edmunds, United Kingdom
Xaviera Hollander, since 34 years part time resident of Amsterdam as well as Marbella - Costa del Sol - , lover of the arts, at long last will be able to live out her dream and produce this haunting theatre performance about the life of the world famous ballet dancer Nijinsky.
Xaviera, author of a.o. the Happy Hooker and another 18 books, has been producing English language theatre in Amsterdam for the last ten yearsand is finally expanding to Southern Spain. Since many years she visits each summer the Edinburgh theatre festival where she handpicks her favorite plays. She recently got married to Philip de Haan, who is her right hand man in most projects she undertakes. She is always reinventing herself so she says about herself. Presently she runs a fun and bohemian style bed and breakfast in Amsterdam and is writing a Total autobiography about her life called “WALL TALK – if only the walls could talk.“
Last year she met Sherry Midas, who has produced many a play in England as well as on the Costa del Sol. She has moved from London to Spain and is trying to introduce a cultural exchange between Spain and anywhere else in the world to promote art in all forms: music , dance and theatre. Well…the inevitable happened , these two most energetic and dynamic ladies, who both love the “spoken word “so much, have decided to team up and bring some exciting and top quality theater to Marbella.
Info + Bookings: Tel: 34 952 779172
or book through www.blackboxteatro.com
Phone Xaviera till 23/04/2008 : 0031206733934
Phone Xaviera after 23/04/2008 : 0034952857575
With her autobiographic book ‘The Happy Hooker’ - the story of her life as New York’s most famous Madame in 1971, Xaviera Hollander became an instant best selling author. This documentary is a screened explicit rendition of her life as New York’s most famous Madame.
Following the war, Xaviera’s family moved back to Amsterdam where Xaviera was a lonely only child, always competing with her mother for the love and appreciation of her father. She even became Holland’s top secretary and soon relocated to South Africa where she met “Mr. Right” who invited her to come and live with him in New York. There she had a great but underpaid job as the secretary to the Dutch Consul. Once her relationship was over, she continued to work for the Dutch Consul but she started moonlighting as a part time hooker to compensate her meagre salary. It became a full time career which soon put her directly at the centre of a major NYPD crooked cop scandal.
The international publicity and her involvement in the crime commission scandal instantly turned Xaviera into one of the top icons of the sexual revolution in the world. After ‘The Happy Hooker,’ she wrote another 16 autobiographic books and sex guides. She has been in a monogamous married situation with her Dutch man Philip for the last 3 years.
Her book, “The Happy Hooker,” is being turned into a musical!
Xaviera is always reinventing herself!
Black Box Theatre
June 9th at 8pm and 10 pm
PRICE EURO 15
Black Box Theatre – 9527791722
Tel Xaviera – 952 857575
FAREWELL GARDEN PARTY WITH FOOD AND DRINKS AND EARL OKIN doing a mixed show of Comedy and Music at
Xaviera Hollander's private
184 Calle Pizarra, Rocio de Nagueles
Price per person euro 45
Booking and information 952857575 or
XAVIERA’S WEBSITE FOR HER NEXT PRODUCTION HAS ALSO WON THE PRIZE OF THE WEEK ON www.galeriamarbella.com
April 30, 2009 www.buffaloniagarafilmfestival.com Entertainment, Movies
As far as artistic inspiration go, Xaviera Hollander presents about as broad and vibrant a muse as can be had.The legendary call girl-turned-author could fill 50 films with her X-rated exploits alone, but documentarian Robert Dunlap chose not to focus solely on that part of her life.
That’s not to say that “Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary” lacks for ribaldry, but as far as films about the author of the largely autobiographical best-seller “The Happy Hooker” go, this is about as sterile as the subject matter could be treated.
With Hollander narrating the 68-minute film, which will be shown during the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, the documentary goes all the way back to her infancy, which was spent in a Japanese concentration camp in southeast Asia (she and her family are of Jewish heritage).
After the war, the family returned to Holland, where she grew up (kinda) normally. She claimed the “Miss Tick” prize as Holland’s best secretary, then made her way to New York City, where she took a secretarial job that failed to offer much fulfillment.
Instead, as the title of her first book suggests, she took an unorthodox route to happiness. The film uses commentary from several of today’s leading experts and writers in the field to discuss the impact of “Happy Hooker” and the dozens of follow-up books (both fiction and fact) that came from Hollander.
Where such a field was considered beyond taboo in those days (her lawyer recalled his experiences negotiating his “first book deal in a … house of ill repute”), her work was considered a key part of the feminist movement that opened people’s minds on the subject.
The film takes the viewer up to present day, with Hollander happily pursuing her artistic endeavors back in the Netherlands — receiving inspiration the same way she inspired so many others during her life.
To be clear: This film is not for youngsters, due to subject matter and some of the imagery presented. But it’s the film’s inspiration that dictates the use of such material, and Dunlap does a masterful job of avoiding gratuitous footage or soundbites when it would have been ever-so-easy to go that way.
Whatever one might think about Hollander or her career choice, viewers of this film will leave the experience feeling as far away from dirty as possible.
This review is also published on Paul J Lane's blog: "Live in the Slow Lane"
It is the treasured and timeless world of Sholom Aleichem, the genius whose stories became FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Saul Reichlin, one of the great interpreters of Sholom Aleichem's work toured his first production, NOW YOU'RE TALKING!, for 5 years, playing to full houses in 36 cities in 8 countries, including Off Broadway
Saul played the British Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, in the Really Useful Group production, WHO'S THE DADDY? winner of the 2005 Best New Comedy Award at the King's Head Theatre. At the Royal National Theatre Saul played the leading role of Valentine in Love for Love, and narrated THE THREEPENNY OPERA. In 2001 he was nominated Best Actor for his performance as Josef Mashkan in OLD WICKED SONGS (a Pieter Toerien production). He has also won Best Director Award for his own production of THE PURIFICATION by Tennessee Williams. For Oscar - winning director, Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) Saul created the role of Robert, Earl of Oxford in the world premiere of Minghella's TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION.
Artist website: www.saulreichlin.biz
"inspirational... a brilliant and flawless performance... The most exciting Jewish storytelling in the world!" Edinburgh Jewish Telegraph
"A master class in oral storytelling for actors" Show Business New York
"Reichlin is a veritable force of nature ... loving, entertaining ... it is most infectious." Chris Jones Chicago Tribune june 2004
"Astonishing, Hilarious, a Towering Performance" London Evening Standard Critics' Choice
NEW LIBERAL JEWISH CENTRE
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20 - 15.00 HR. - PRICE EURO 20
Zuidelijke Wandelweg 41APOLLO FIRST THEATER
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22, - 20.30 HR – PRICE EURO 25
Apollolaan 123 www.theater.apollofirst.nl
CAFÉ RESTAURANT 'T SMALLE
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24
A lovely meal is being served with the show
PRICE INCLUDING SHOW AND MEAL : 19.00 HR. - EURO 50
SHOW WITHOUT THE MEAL: 21.00 HR. - EURO 25
Egelantiersstraat 24 – 26, www.t-smalle.nl
Reservations: tel: 020- 6255306
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26 - 20.30 HR. - PRICE EURO 20
Nieuwe Schoolstraat 21/23, www.theater-pepijn.nl
Tel: 020 6733934
Xaviera and Jet produce Shannon Lyon acoustic live performance for you and your friends to come and visit this incredible musical experience with singer song writer Shannon Lyon, a genuine folk rock troubadour at her home theatre on March 31 at 21.00 hour organized by her friend Jet Bootsma.
Shannon is at his best performing in an intimate atmosphere, playing his acoustic guitar and harmonica, singing sweet songs about love, loneliness, heartache and joy, his wandering life, with this amazing dark voice of his.
He will start the concert solo, and as he goes along will be joined by a percussionist on the Spanish cajon, and a female background singer.
Shannon Lyon is a full time musician, performing mostly in Holland, Germany, France and Spain. He is also writing songs and music for television and film.Xaviera regrets not being able to attend this event herself but guarantees you that you are in great hands. Please do come and visit the Villa Caprice Theater with this excellent show of Shannon.
Read this Dutch article about Shannon Lyon in Kosta Nieuws >>
Please do come and visit the Villa Caprice Theater with this excellent show of Shannon Lyon.
Address: Villa Caprice, 184 Calle Pizarra - Marbella
His latest CD This Love This Love (2010) can be listened to online>>
The dinner show for Friday Jan 15th is totally sold out, but we are doing another EXTRA dinner show for Sunday January 17th for the price of euro 50 per person. This includes a divine Indonesian meal, the show and two drinks.
A unique one- man dramatisation of the poignant, hilarious, classic stories from the creator of the beloved Fiddler on the Roof. For the festive season, life affirming and timeless, this superb presentation is abundant in the wisdom and humour of the shtetl.
In his celebrated telling of these funny, touching, forever optimistic tales of yesterday, Saul entices us back to what one critic referred to as a ‘lost world of poverty, foolishness, misfortune, and the love of life’. Award winning British actor Saul Reichlin’s first show, Now You’re Talking! totally sold out its London UK Premiere, and has since toured 35 cities in 7 countries, including Off Broadway.
We are sure no-one will want to miss this most special entertainment, one which resonates so strongly within the Jewish community. Saul tells us that one Rabbi actually brought 25 of his congregation to a performance of his first show, said he had not laughed so much in 25 years, and insisted on being photographed with Saul on stage afterwards!
"inspirational... a brilliant and flawless performance... The most exciting Jewish storytelling in the world!" Edinburgh Jewish Telegraph
"To watch Saul Reichlin create dozens of different characters in the detailed oration of ten stories is a visual wonder for both children and adults, and a master class in oral storytelling for actors…"
Show Business New York
"Reichlin is a veritable force of nature ... loving, entertaining ... it is most infectious."
Chris Jones Chicago Tribune june 2004
"Electrifying ... a fabulous talent... world class show... take your entire family..."
"Reichlin brings Aleichem to blessed life... rich with Yiddish survivor humor and magic realism."
Lawrence Bommer Chicago Reader
Calle Pizarra 184, Rocio de Nagueles, Marbella:
* THURSDAY January 14, 9 p.m. Price €25 pp
* FRIDAY January 15, 8:30 p.m. SPECIAL DINNER SHOW Price €50 pp SOLD OUT
Before the show, enjoy a tasty meal prepared by Xaviera's husband and Chef Philip
* SATURDAY January 16, 9 p.m. Price €25 pp
* SUNDAY January 17, 9 p.m. Price €25 pp or €50 EXTRA DINNER SHOW
Before the show, enjoy a tasty meal prepared by Xaviera's husband and Chef Philip
***Two free drinks are included in the price of each show!***
For tickets and direction contact Xaviera at:
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If you are coming from outside Marbella and wish to spend the night
at our villa after the show, we offer one night at our Bed and
Breakfast including the entrance ticket and two drinks for euro
100 per night per person.
If you come for the dinner show the same offer stands and then our
price for the Bed and Breakfast is euro 125 per night per person.