ALL ABOUT MEOW
Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotised, inspired, and terrified audiences globally with unique creations and sell-out seasons from New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Bar Jeder Vernunft to London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.
“She is sensational. 5 Stars.”
- The Times UK
Named One of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called “Sensational” (TheTimes), “diva of the highest order” (New York Post), “The Queen of Chanson” by the Berliner Zeitung, and “a phenomenon” by the Australian press. Her award-winning solo works have been curated by David Bowie, Pina Bausch, and Mikhail Baryshnikov and numerous international arts festivals . As well as being a prolific music and theatre creator she specialises in the Weimar repertoire and French chanson, and recently appeared as Titania in Emma Rice's revolutionary A Midsummer Night's Dream season at Shakespeare's Globe. She has just performed at the Berlin Philharmonic with Pink Martini, then Brighton Festival with "Souvenir" - a fantastical song cycle she has written with composers Jherek Bischoff and August Von Trapp on the Theatre Royal, then conjured a bespoke creation for Liverpool Culture's "Sgt Pepper at Fifty" involving the city's brass bands, a riot and a requiem in a graveyard and her Sleepless Beauties, incl designer Andrea Lauer. She appears in NY in July, joins PInk Martini in Madrid and Monte Carlo, then for the entirety of Edinburgh International Festival with her show "Meow Meow's Little Mermaid" . December 4 is "Meow's Pandemonium" with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, and Dec 20 - 31 Shakespeare's Globe presents "Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born".
Theatre: Brecht/Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper / Threepenny Opera (London Philharmonic, Paris Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Royal Festival Hall, cond Jurowski, Jenny), Die Sieben Todsünden/Seven Deadly Sins (Opera Victoria, Hamer Hall dir Cameron Menzies), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (West End, dir Emma Rice, La Maitresse), Le Bel Indifférent (Cocteau, Greenwich Music Festival US, dir Ted Huffman), De Materie (Andriessen, LA Philharmonic, Disney Hall, cond Reinbert de Leeuw). Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Schubert /Schumann /de Leeuw, Australian National Academy of Music, dir Rodney Fisher).
Original music theatre works: from Sydney Opera House to NY Lincoln Center to Berlin's Bar Jeder Vernunft commissioned by numerous international arts festivals as well as by Pina Bausch, David Bowie, and Mikhail Baryshnikov : An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Rep, dir Emma Rice) (Boston Cutler Majestic, dir Leigh Silverman). Apocalypse Meow(Southbank Centre UK), Feline Intimate (Sydney Opera House , London Wonderground, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize), Meow Meow in Concert (Apollo West End), Vamp (Sydney Opera House), Beyond Glamour (incl. Soho Theatre), Meow Meow's Little Matchgirl, (Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, dir Marion Potts ) Meow Meow's Little Mermaid (Malthouse Theatre/Sydney/Perth/Auckland International Arts Festivals, dir Michael Kantor).
“There are not many women who can stun an audience into pin-drop silence with an exquisitely delivered torch song one moment and rock the rafters with laughter the next.
Meow Meow... is that rare combination - devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords...no one now does it better than Meow”
- Evening Standard UK
Meow has written original repertoire with Iain Grandage, Lance Horne, Jherek Bischoff, Washington and Thomas M Lauderdale, and in concert performs this and the Weimar and chanson repertoire to Palmer and Radiohead, with San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, American Pops Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Pink Martini and the NY Pops, Amanda Palmer. Meow most recently performed as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe directed by Emma Rice, in a programme of lost and banned Weimar works with Barry Humphries and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Edinburgh International Festival, London Cadogan Hall and Tanglewood Music Festival US, and with the London Philharmonic in Meow's Pandemonium at Royal Festival Hall . With her "Sleepless Beauties" collaborators she creates "Souvenir " A Fantastical Song Cycle on a Half-remembered Misreported History of..." a "love -letter" to the theatre that began at Tasmania's Theatre Royal and continues around theatres of the world.
With collaborator Pink Martini’s Thomas M Lauderdale she has written and recorded the album Here Kitty Kitty …The lost sessions, due for release in 2018. Meow’s albums Vamp and Songs from a Little Match Girl, co-written with long-time collaborator and composer Iain Grandage are available on iTunes, along with recordings for intrepid composer and MD Lance Horne on his First Things Last album. She appears on Pink Martini’s album Get Happy (released September 2013) and opens Amanda Palmer's album Theatre is Evil with the Grand Theft Orchestra. Her TV appearances include for the ABC, John Bishop BBC and Graham Norton BBC.
“catapults the genre of Entertainment into a hitherto unknown dimension”
- Berliner Zeitung
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