Life is a cabaret…

Some of our readers may have seen the above exhibition at Arts Centre Melbourne during the Speigeltent season this year which celebrated two of Australia’s successful contemporary performers, Meow Meow and Paul Capsis.

The displayed costumes and photographs relating to Paul Capsis form part of a new acquisition representing his career, donated by Capsis to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection in 2011.

One of Australia’s most exciting performers, Paul Capsis has been described as being ‘in possession of a voice that sounds like an act of God’. Capsis has enjoyed success in both theatre and film and has forged an impressive career as a virtuoso cabaret and concert performer ‘channelling’ the spirit of modern divas such as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Janis Joplin.

His award-winning one-man shows, A Pack of Divas; Burning Sequins; Whole Lotta Capsis and Capsis vs Capsis have earned him a reputation as a ‘must-see’ performer at festivals both in Australia and overseas.

Between 1998 and 2005, Capsis consolidated his place on the international stage with stand-out performances at the Schauspielhaus Vienna in his acclaimed one-man shows, The Burlesque Tour and Boulevard Delirium (co-written and directed by Barrie Kosky). Of his performance one Viennese critic wrote, ‘Paul Capsis is able to do everything – he is a clown, a tap-dancer, a sorcerer, a rock star; he is a man, woman and child’.

A versatile performer, Capsis has also appeared with many of the country’s leading theatre companies including Company B at Belvoir Street, Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre. As a performer he continues to defy easy categorisation appearing equally at home as Riff Raff in the legendary Rocky Horror Show as he is in his moving autobiographical work, Angela’s Kitchen.

Paul Capsis has received a number of awards for his work on stage including two Helpmann Awards and two Green Room Awards. In 1998 he was nominated for an AFI Award for his role in the film Head On, for which he won a Sydney Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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