Cabaret

CABARET

2014

JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL!

“Asciak is the consummate cabaret performer; beautiful, funny, confident, with a fantastic voice: and this is a consummate performance. ***** 5 STARS!”  theatreguide.com.au

Writer & Performer Danielle Asciak

Director & Dramaturg Maude Davey

Musical Director James Simpson

FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

Melbourne, during Midsumma Festival

Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 January 20149.30pm The Butterfly Club
(Carson Place, off Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD)

The Fringeworld Festival (WA Premiere)

Casa Mondo, The Pleasure Garden
James Street
Northbridge, WA

Friday 14 February – Tuesday 18 February 9pm

For bookings and information visit The Fringeworld Festival Program

For media enquiries contact Lauren Elliot | Grant Capriotti @ www.musebureau.com

Adelaide Fringe Festival

La Boheme (36 Grote Street Adelaide)

Thursday 27 February 6pm – Adelaide Premiere

Friday 28 February 8pm

Saturday 1 March 4pm

Sunday 2 March 6pm

For Bookings visit the Adelaide Fringe Festival online Program

2013

MAMA ALTO SECOND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Danielle Asciak appears with Mama Alto http://www.mamaalto.com for a vintage Christmas Cabaret special inspired by The Judy Garland’s Christmas Special.

December 18th-­‐22nd (5 shows), 60mins
Wed & Sun 6pm/ Thurs, Fri & Sat 7pm
The Butterfly Club
(Carson Place, off Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD)
$23 full/ $20 concession / $18 group 8+
Bookings: http://bit.ly/1eHZugB

Other Guests include Crooner Ilana Charnelle | Diva Bridgette Allen | Singer-songwriter Caity Fowler | Commie-drag-comrade Mother Marxist | Burlesque queen Adelaide Everheart | Anthemaniac Geraldine Quinn

JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL!  MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Just an Old Fashioned Grrrl!Melbourne cabaret artiste Danielle Asciak kicks off her heels to sing a ferocious tribute to the feline attitudes of cabaret’s first ultra sex kitten, EARTHA KITT in JUST AN OLD FASHIONED GRRRL! This sixty minute cabaret features oodles of sexually-charged haughtiness, belly dancing, and thirteen signature tunes including ‘C’est si bon’,
‘Love for Sale’, ‘I wanna be Evil!’, ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’, and the title track ‘Just an Old Fashioned Girl’.

Yet, it’s not all champagne and caviar; the show explores deeper concepts of rejection, empowerment, identity and grief that both lend to Danielle’s experiences and that of Kitt. This is
not an impersonation of Kitt but rather reflects on the lessons we can all learn from Kitt’s fearless approach to life and love.

“Eartha Kitt taught me that to be a woman, you must be daring. Life and love should never be
compromised. She came to me when I needed to feel sexy again. She taught me to embrace the ‘woman’
that I am meant to be. Not the ‘woman’ that people want me to be.”

No one can be Eartha; but sometimes we need to sing a little Eartha to feel oh, so good!

Written and Performed by Danielle Asciak

Melbourne Premiere Season: The Butterfly Club May 29 – June 2, 2013

Sydney Premiere Season: Slide Cabaret Lounge September 25, 2013

2012

Things my Mama told Me

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Dance Me to the end

Prepare for the ride; this is the seduction and bittersweet suffering that will drive you to hell.

This is an original cabaret that explicitly acknowledges the eroticism of suffering with a fearless and provocative independent female voice. Danielle performs her own translations of subversive French pop from the 60’s and 70’s, re-imagined in a unique gypsy style. This late night cabaret in North Melbourne’s Lithuanian Club features music by Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Jacques Brel, Telephone and Frances Gall.

Danielle’s cultural heritage is a major influence on her performance style. The combination of French pop and Balkan gypsy music unleash an erotic, sensual, animalistic sound to create a dark, carnival-esque atmosphere. Her work is inspired by traditional cabaret, which she reinvents for a new generation.

Written & Performed by Danielle Asciak Directed by Karlis Zaid Musical Direction by Adrian Portell Produced by Iain James Finlayson with assistance from Eric Dias

Dance Me to the End - Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

2010

Transmute: A Butoh Cabaret

A collaboration with Union House Theatre and Yumi Umiunare (Performer)

Transmute was a must show to do. The show combined Danielle’s love of cabaret and physical theatre. With twenty years of dance experience and eleven years of vocal training, Danielle was able to transform these forms into a totally new way. In the week before production week, Danielle found herself wrapped in rope, pulling her face in opposite directions, twisting her body on a platform high above the ground singing a classical French Kurt Weill. This was the greatest challenge but a challenge never to forget. Now she can successfully say that she can contort her body and sing french with a new interpretation that is classic to the revolutionary forms of Cabaret and Butoh. Danielle has discovered a new vocabulary which she now performs regularly in kitchens, courtyards, nightclub dance floors, living rooms and of course, the stage.

Heist Family Christmas

Red Bennies (Morticia Adams)

2009

Everyone Wants a Piece of Malta! A Cabaret

The Butterfly Club & Melbourne University (Writer/Director/Performer)
Musical Direction by James Simpson

Everyone Wants a Piece of Malta!‘Bonju Sabeehah,
I’m finally learning how to speak Maltese over here, so I thought i’d test it out writing to you. Remember all those time I found it annoying when people commented on my ethnicity? Well it has been only one day and wow, Malta has really made me feel so proud about my nationality. Everyone is so carefree! The weather is marvellous, the water is emerald. The buses are old 1960 busses and the drivers all look like Elvis. It’s amazing to be here with so much history and walking on the same paths that my ancestors have. Don’t want to come home. I feel at home. Lots of love, Danielle’

Romans, Arabs, French, Spaniards and British all wanted it. After one hour, you’ll want it to. Danielle Asciak presents you Malta: a land that taught her how to eat pastizzi correctly, accept facial hair and embrace things all Virgin and all Mary. It’s not a history lesson. It’s a cabaret. Warning: Food and Body hair will be harmed!

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