An Intimate Look behind the Scenes of Cabaret Bizarre
Lavish photography book with an extraordinary layout
With a text by X Schneeberger (2021 Swiss Literature Prize)
The photographer Kostas Maros has been accompanying the artists and performers of Cabaret Bizarre since 2013 in the course of their appearances throughout Europe. The photographs, which have been awarded numerous prizes, were taken both during the performances and also backstage. Intimate and unadorned, they show moments of tension prior to performances or those moments of euphoric exhaustion after the show.
Cabaret Bizarre was inspired by the gloomy, sombre cabaret and variety theatres in Berlin in the 1920s and early 1930s, as well as by the surreal aesthetic of Federico Fellini and Luis Buñuel. It is a freak show, a carnival of desires, a masked ball of extremes, for flamboyant personalities and non-conformists. The sumptuous photography book celebrates this intoxicating nighttime counter world, where the beautiful and the ugly, elegance and trash, go hand in hand.
About the photographer:
Kostas Maros (* 1980) has been working for editorial, corporate and advertising clients in Switzerland and abroad since 2013. He also undertakes free-lance reportages and art projects. His works have been acknowledged, among other things, in the framework of the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the VFG promotional prize for young artists, the Swiss Press Award and the Swiss Photo Award (winner in 2018).
Kostas Maros fängt dieses «dunkle Traumland», wie die «Cabaret- Bizarre»-Gründer ihre Themenabende auch beschreiben, feinfühlig ein. (Vivana Zanetti, Basler Zeitung, 15.11.2022)