Le Pustra

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Le Pustra
Also known asMadame Le Pustra
GenresCabaret, Actor, Varieté
Occupation(s)Performance artist, singer, actor
Years active2006 (2006)–Present
Associated actsAmanda Palmer, The Tiger Lillies, Klaus Nomi, Jobriath, Marlene Dietrich
MembersPerformers: Le Pustra.

Le Pustra (born 1 July 1977) is an actor, singer and kunstfigur best known as the creative director of Le Pustra's Kabarett der Namenlosen. He was originally part of the comedy Cabaret duo, Pustra/Vile-een's Vaudeville.[1] Le Pustra is known for his often macabre white face make-up, signature red lips, and androgynous styling, sometimes resembling a Weimar porcelain doll or Pierrot. A self-proclaimed bon vivant and 'Vaudeville's Darkest Muse', he appeared regularly on the International circuit in Cabaret and Variety shows until 2016.

Early life[edit]

Le Pustra was born in South Africa and adopted at birth. In 2000 he emigrated to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in Musical Theater but struggled to find suitable work. He had a few day jobs ranging from ushering at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Covent Garden to a kitchen porter in Surrey. There was also a brief stint as a Cher impersonator on a Cruise Ship, a Tarot reader in a nightclub and as an 'Extra' in British Soap Operas. Le Pustra emerged on the London Underground Cabaret and Variety scene in 2006.

Le Pustra's Kabarett Der Namenlosen[edit]

In 2016, Le Pustra created a contemporary reimagining of the Cabarets and Nightclubs from 1920's Berlin, entitled Le Pustra's Kabarett der Namenlosen[2][3] or Cabaret of the Nameless featuring selected music from Friedrich Hollaender, Mischa Spoliansky and Kurt Weill. The original show was a notorious but popular Cabaret in Weimar-era Berlin from 1926 till 1932 and created by Erich "Elow" Lowinsky. In October 2017, Le Pustra and the cast of Kabarett der Namenlosen performed "Das lila Lied" for the BBC Four series Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein.[4] in 2016 and 2017 American Artist, Ella Guru created two large oil paintings inspired by the show. In 2018, Irish artist Alana Richards created a series of paintings and an art exhibition based on the show's characters entitled: Morphium: Hallucinations of a Kabarett.[5]

Babylon Berlin[edit]

In 2020, Le Pustra appeared in a guest role as a mysterious nightclub owner, Edwina Morell in the award-winning German Crime Drama Babylon Berlin Season 3.[6]

Film and Television appearances[edit]

In 2018, Le Pustra appeared on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown[7] Season 11 (Episode 6) which aired on CNN and in October 2017, Le Pustra and the cast of Kabarett der Namenlosen performed "Das lila Lied" for the BBC Four series Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein.[4] In 2013 Le Pustra appeared in Shelly Love's short film: 'The Fallen Circus' (Chapter 1). [8]

Music videos[edit]

Le Pustra performed as two characters in the music video for Black for the Occasion[9] by Faroese artist, Heiðrik á Heygum.

Noted appearances[edit]

In early 2011, Le Pustra co-produced and wrote a Vaudevillian all-male show entitled 'Villains'[10] which was produced in Rome's Teatro Palladium. The show had a short run but made a huge impact on Le Pustra's career and established him firmly on the scene. Le Pustra connected with the Italian audience and they in turn, adored his vulnerability and uniqueness. Le Pustra attributes much of his development to his time working in Italy. The show returned to Rome for one night only on 5 September 2011 at the Villa Celimontana Festival.[11]

In 2012, Le Pustra collaborated with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Victor Victoria from musical duo, EastEnd Cabaret, Adrian Stout from cult Cabaret group, The Tiger Lillies and also The Irrepressibles as a guest musical saw player. He also collaborates with contemporary performers on various projects and is the subject and inspiration for numerous art works, especially paintings.[12]

Other appearances include The Royal Academy of Arts, Skibo Castle, Wilton's Music Hall, The Box, The Last Tuesday Society, Torture Garden, The Secret Garden Party, Tipi am Kanzleramt, Wintergarten Varieté Berlin, Home House Private Member's Club, Madame JoJo's and club night 'The Face' alongside club owner, Steve Strange. It is here where Le Pustra was introduced to Adam Ant, who came to watch Le Pustra's show. International credits include Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Coney Island[13] in New York, Perth World Fringe Festival,[14] Södra Teatern (Stockholm), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.[15] and the Venice Carnival. In 2014, Le Pustra appeared in Director Shelly Love's fantasy film The Fallen Circus[16] playing a latex-clad villain and can also be heard on the film's score as a guest musical saw player. Le Pustra's costume was designed by Oliver Garcia who have worked on films such as Maleficent and Hugo.

Fashion and publications[edit]

In 2010, Le Pustra produced and directed a fashion video for Serbian designer Marko Mitanovski which were screened at London Fashion Week, London's Selfridges and Malaysian International Fashion Week. The short fashion film, Mr Pustra’s Lament Act II was selected to screen at Diane Pernet's Film Festival, 'A Shaded View on Fashion Film' in Milan, Italy in June 2012. That same year Le Pustra walked in London Fashion Week for designer Ziad Ghanem[17] and was invited back the following year. Le Pustra also modeled for up-and-coming fashion designer Ivana Pilja in 2013 and they collaborated once again for Berlin Alternative Fashion Week in September 2015 and March 2016. Other credits include a fashion campaign for Air Berlin, a cameo in the fashion film: 'The Dionysian' directed by Stephen Lally, appearances in British and Italian Vogue,[18] Hunger Magazine,[19] Reuters,[20] French Playboy, I-D, Dark Beauty Magazine,[21] Spindle Magazine[22] and various published books on nightlife and clubbing culture: New Club Kids: London Party Fashion in the Noughties[23] by photographer, Oggy Yordanov, 'What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches[24] by Peaches (musician) 'Night Flowers' by Damien Frost[25]'Boy Story'[26] by Magnus Arrevad, 'In der Fremde: Pictures from Home' by Romeo Alaeff and 'The Fantastic World of Atelieri O. Haapala'. His image have been captured at The National Portrait Gallery in London and the historical Musical Hall, Hackney Empire. Social Media has played a significant role in shaping and promotion of Le Pustra's artistic career and his work and visual style is subject of numerous online magazines and Blogs[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baird, Simone (31 July 2007). "London's new variety scene". Time Out. London. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Berlin's alternative nightlife, from cabaret to porno karaoke". The Independent. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  3. ^ Burshtein, Karen. "From Burlesque to Bauhaus, Here's Where to Find the Roaring '20s in Berlin Today". Vogue.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "BBC Four – Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein". Bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Sechs Wochenendtipps: Von Schnapsfestival bis Graffiti-Schau" (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. 2 March 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11920746/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t208. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Here's what Tony and his guests had to say about Berlin". Explorepartsunknown.com. 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.shellylove.co.uk/portfolio/the-fallen-circus-chapter-one/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t208. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "HEIDRIK - Black For The Occasion". YouTube. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Teatro Palladium, l'evento teatrale dell'anno: Villains". Roma Daily News (in Italian). 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Villa Celimontana chiude la stagione con i Villains di Mr Pustra e Joe Black – Corriere Roma". Roma.corriere.it.
  12. ^ "Dannielle Hodson, Le Pustra". Saatchi Art. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
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  14. ^ "Sideshow Macabré – OUTInPerth – LGBTIQ News and Culture – OUTInPerth – LGBTIQ News and Culture". outinperth.com.
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  16. ^ "The Fallen Circus – Chapter One". Shellylove.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Exceptional models bring Matka Joanna to lifes". Retoxmagazine.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  18. ^ "PhotoVogue – Vogue". Vogue.
  19. ^ "Katy Kingston". Hungertv.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  20. ^ Hanschke, Hannibal. "In Berlin, the party goes on despite threat of club closures".
  21. ^ "Behind the Scenes with Le Pustra". Darkbeautymag.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Spindle Magazine". Spindlemagazine.com.
  23. ^ "New club Kids by Oggy Yordanov – Waterstones". Waterstones.com.
  24. ^ Peaches; Talinski, Holger; Ono, Yoko; Page, Ellen; Stipe, Michael (16 July 2015). "What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches". Akashic Books.
  25. ^ "Merrellpublishers.com". Merrellpublishers.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Magnus Arrevad Photography – It doesn't have to be boring". Boystory.org.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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