3… Old World Carnivale

Carnivale masksOld World Carnivale,

Inspired by George Melies & Robert Wiene

“Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

- -Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins)

The third chapter of “The Stalker Chronicles” was inspired old world carnivale and vaudeville, particularly influenced by George Melies and Robert Wiene.  This style of entertainment is defined by its visual spectacle, which usually includes a combination of music, dance, and variety acts.  Carnivale and Vaudeville have had such an incredible influence on theatre, film, and music that there was no lack of resources or inspiration for this episode.  See below for a look into what inspired The Spectacle.

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Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite

-The BeatlesMr. Kite

For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo-Fanques Fair, what a scene
(Have you seen it? It’s great, they got stuff.)
Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!
The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing

Watch The Spectacle again!

Watch The Spectacle again!

As Mr. Kite flies through the ring don’t be late
Messrs. K and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersets he’ll undertake on solid ground
‘ving been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill.
(It’s me. In the thing.)

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What is a somnambulist?

caligariSleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a sleep disorder. Sleepwalkers arise from the slow wave sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and perform activities that are usually performed during the day. These activities can be as benign as sitting up in bed, walking to the bathroom, and cleaning, or as hazardous as cooking, driving, violent gestures, or even homicide. Sleepwalkers often have little or no memory of the incident, as they are not truly conscious. Although their eyes are open, their expression is dim and glazed over. (Wikipedia)

The Somnambulist in The Spectacle can reveal fortunes in his sleep!

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Robert WieneRobert Wiene

Born in Breslau, Germany on April 27, 1873, Robert Wiene came from a family involved with the theatre.  Wiene eventually became an important film director in the German silent cinema.  His most notable films are Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, and Raskolnikkow.


george melies Georges Melies

Born in Paris, France on December 8, 1861, Georges Melies was to be known as the “Father of Special Effects.”  In his first films, he directed his actors to perform in front of a painted set inspired by the conventions of magic and musical theater.   Melies beginning use of special effects were only to see what was possible, rather than focusing on plot.  His most famous film is A Trip to the Moon, in which a spaceship hits the eye of the man in the moon.  This film is also considered to be an important step in early science fiction or fantasy films.

       

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