DZ Hosts The Violet Crab – Nights of Cabaret at DRAF (19/20/21 Mar 2015)

***SOLD OUT***

Thurs 19  / Fri 20 Mar / Sat 21 Mar 2015

Doors open 8.30pm, guests must be seated by 9pm. Closes at 11pm.

The climax of The Violet Crab at DRAF sees DRAF transformed into a cabaret for a live variety programme of more than twenty artistic, musical, literary and acrobatic acts.

Rendez-vous at The Violet Crab. Pierre Huyghe’s Name Announcer trumpets your arrival. Sip a delicious bespoke cocktail designed by Arabeschi di Latte. Maria Loboda reads her tarot cards. As you take your seats, marvel at Japanese bondage acts by pole dancer and fire eater Ayumi LaNoire and Nina Russ. Isobel Williams is drawing the characters live.

Meet your host: Berlin-based singer Anja Dietmann and artist Than Hussein Clark, performing songs inspired by historical cabaret. The show begins with a stand-up recital from American poet Matthew Dickman. A ballet dancer performs for the first time Christodoulos Panayiotou’s intimate philosophical letter. Zhana Ivanova choreographs a theatrical menage-a-trois. A new performance by Celia Hempton is premiered.

Interval drinks, with Adam Christensen playing ditties on the accordion. For the final act, Pipilotti Rist has imagined for you a male striptease. Glamourous starlet Wendy Bevan serenades the end of the night.

DZ Hosts The Violet Crab: Nights of Cabaret at DRAF is directed by Than Hussein Clark, Vincent Honoré and Nicoletta Lambertucci, with special guest Milovan Farronato.

Supported by DRAF Galleries Circle (Hauser & Wirth, Kurimanzutto, Lisson Gallery, Pilar Corrias, Sadie Coles HQ, Stuart Shave Modern Art, Sprüth Magers, The Modern Institute, Michael Werner, White Cube).

  • Ayumi LaNoire performs Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Ayumi LaNoire performs Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Nina Russ and Ayumi LaNoire perform Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Nina Russ and Ayumi LaNoire perform Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Ayumi LaNoire performs Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Ayumi LaNoire performs Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Nina Russ and Ayumi LaNoire perform Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Nina Russ and Ayumi LaNoire perform Shibari Japanese rope bondage in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Than Hussein Clark and Anja Diettman (both wearing Osman) with Enrico David in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Than Hussein Clark and Anja Diettman (both wearing Osman) with Enrico David in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Than Hussein Clark (wearing Osman) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Than Hussein Clark (wearing Osman) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Anja Diettman (wearing Osman) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Anja Diettman (wearing Osman) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Matthew Dickman performs his poetry in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Matthew Dickman performs his poetry in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Ballet dancer Jean Capeille performs Christoldoulos Panayiotou's La Bayadère, 2015 DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Ballet dancer Jean Capeille performs Christoldoulos Panayiotou's La Bayadère, 2015 DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Celia Hempton’s performance with Marco Scuri in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Celia Hempton’s performance with Marco Scuri in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Zhana Ivanova performs Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Zhana Ivanova performs Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Eddie Peake, Tom Burke and Pilar Corrias perform Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Eddie Peake, Tom Burke and Pilar Corrias perform Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Tom Burke and Pilar Corrias perform Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Tom Burke and Pilar Corrias perform Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Eddie Peake performs Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Eddie Peake performs Zhana Ivanova's Borrowed Splendour (courtesy Collection Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris) in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Ayumi LaNoire performs pole dance in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Ayumi LaNoire performs pole dance in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Adam Christensen performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Adam Christensen performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Adam Christensen performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Adam Christensen performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Dancers Taylor Yates and Tojan Thomas perform choreography by Than Hussein Clark in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Dancers Taylor Yates and Tojan Thomas perform choreography by Than Hussein Clark in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Javier Aparicio performs A Striptease Imaginated by Pipilotti Rist. 2015, in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Javier Aparicio performs A Striptease Imaginated by Pipilotti Rist. 2015, in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Wendy Bevan performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Wendy Bevan performs in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Maria Loboda performs Viconti-Sforza Tarot Reading in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Maria Loboda performs Viconti-Sforza Tarot Reading in DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Julian Gayo performs The Reader, a collaboration with Nina Allan, during DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Julian Gayo performs The Reader, a collaboration with Nina Allan, during DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
  • Isobel Williams draws acts live during DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman
    Isobel Williams draws acts live during DZ Hosts the Violet Crab: Cabaret Nights at DRAF. Photo: Josh Redman