Le Pustra

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Le Pustra
Also known asMr Pustra
GenresCabaret, Performance Art, Torch songs
Occupation(s)Performance artist, singer, model
Years active2006 (2006)–Present
Associated actsAmanda Palmer, The Tiger Lillies, Klaus Nomi, Jobriath
Websitewww.lepustra.com
MembersPerformers: Le Pustra.

Le Pustra (1 July 1977) is an actor, singer and the artistic 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. A self-proclaimed Bon Vivant and 'Vaudeville's Darkest Muse', he appears regularly on the International Circuit in Cabaret, Burlesque,[2] Variety and has appeared in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Perth (Australia), Stockholm and Venice. He is much admired and respected for his personal style, unique persona and melancholic live performances.

Early life[edit]

Le Pustra was born in South Africa and adopted at birth. He was raised in a middle-class family in a small coastal town, and in 2000 he moved to London to pursue a career in Musical Theater but struggled to find work. He had a few day jobs ranging from an usher 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'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[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Babylon Berlin[edit]

In 2018, Le Pustra was cast in a guest role as mysterious nightclub owner, Edwina Morell in German Crime Drama Babylon Berlin Season 3.

Other 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.[5]

Music Videos[edit]

Le Pustra performed as two characters in the music video for Black for the Occasion[8] 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'[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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 'king of the Noe-Romantics and former 'The Blitz' [12] 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 world-famous 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 (film) and Hugo (film).

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 celebrated fashion curator/blogger, 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 [1] 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] and 'Boy Story'[26] by Magnus Arrevad. 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". London: TimeOut. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ Lamour, Eva (8 December 2012). "BURLESQUE MAP LONDON: Chaz Royal: Celebrating his 10 Year Anniversary in Burlesque - Friday 23rd November 2012 at Bush Hall, London".
  3. ^ "Berlin's alternative nightlife, from cabaret to porno karaoke".
  4. ^ "From Burlesque to Bauhaus, Here's Where to Find the Roaring '20s in Berlin Today".
  5. ^ a b "BBC Four - Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein". BBC.
  6. ^ "Sechs Wochenendtipps: Von Schnapsfestival bis Graffiti-Schau" (in German). Berliner Morgenpost. 2 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Here's what Tony and his guests had to say about Berlin". 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbHExjggPEc
  9. ^ "Teatro Palladium, l'evento teatrale dell'anno: Villains". Roma Daily News (in Italian). 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Villa Celimontana chiude la stagione con i Villains di Mr Pustra e Joe Black - Corriere Roma". roma.corriere.it.
  11. ^ "Dannielle Hodson, Le Pustra". Saatchi Art. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  12. ^ "theblitzkids.com is coming soon". www.theblitzkids.com.
  13. ^ http://www.coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/Noisefest-at-Coney-Island-USA--FREE_4_3_2011-2730.htm
  14. ^ "Sideshow Macabré - OUTInPerth - LGBTIQ News and Culture - OUTInPerth – LGBTIQ News and Culture". www.outinperth.com.
  15. ^ http://www.schirn-magazin.de/SCHIRN_AT_NIGHT_in_der_Ausstellung_Geheimgesellschaften.html
  16. ^ "The Fallen Circus – Chapter One".
  17. ^ "Exceptional models bring Matka Joanna to lifes".
  18. ^ "PhotoVogue - Vogue". www.vogue.it.
  19. ^ "Katy Kingston".
  20. ^ Hanschke, Hannibal. "In Berlin, the party goes on despite threat of club closures".
  21. ^ "Behind the Scenes with Le Pustra".
  22. ^ Studios, WMA. "Spindle Magazine". spindlemagazine.com.
  23. ^ "New Club Kids by Oggy Yordanov - Waterstones". www.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 – via Amazon.
  25. ^ http://www.herechickychicky.com. "merrellpublishers.com". www.merrellpublishers.com.
  26. ^ "Magnus Arrevad Photography - It doesn't have to be boring". Magnus Arrevad.
  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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