Cirque du Solo wouldn’t be Cirque du Solo without an outstanding evening program. This is why we put in some extra effort to create four very special events for the occasion.
We wanted to give all evenings a touch of entertainment by adding very special shows and a loooooot of live music (5 bands on 4 nights!) to the program – because this is what Cirque du Solo is all about, from the head to the toe.
But of course during all evenings there will be also plenty of dancing, both solo and partnered. Just keep in mind that the parties are not having a focus on partner dancing, so don’t expect it to be like your weekly social dance.
Note: The Evening Program is preliminary and details might still change :)
Friday – The Movie
November 15th, 21:00 – SwingStep Berlin, Prinzenallee 33, close to U8 Pankstr.
Welcome to The Movie! This year we have a very exciting new motto for the Friday Party. The OJ Brothers are going to shoot a movie and you are all a part of it. The exact concept is still in the making, but we already know it is going to be even crazier than the last years ;)
Cirque du Solo 2018 – Reverent Juke jammin’ it out with the crowd!
Saturday – The Ball
November 16th, Time 21:00 – SwingStep Berlin, Prinzenallee 33, close to U8 Pankstr.
On Saturday our focus is all on dancing and enjoying live music! For the first time in history we have two bands in one night: Andreas Hofschneider and His Sextet are not unfamiliar to Cirque du Solo regulars – and they have never disappointed. To give the party a touch of The Animule we have invited for the first time The Jungle to play the night away! This concludes to 3 hrs of live music! Barely any time left for our fine DJs… ;)
Cirque du Solo 2018 – Teachers Presentation to Reverent Juke
Sunday – The Show
November 17th, Time 21:30 – SwingStep Berlin, Prinzenallee 33, close to U8 Pankstr.
It’s a classic! This year’s show will take us all the way back into the golden era of Jazz Varieté. Presented by The OJ Brothers you will experience the best that Cirque du Solo has to offer: A wild mix of world class dance and artistry and of course our Show Track performances. Don’t miss out on this evening filling piece of entertainment!
Cirque du Solo 2017 – Sunday Show – The Grand Finale
Sunday Night – The Speakeasy
November 17th, Time 23:59 – SwingStep Berlin, Prinzenallee 33, close to U8 Pankstr.
The Speakeasy is legendary and surprising: We never know in advance what happens and where the music goes. But after 90 minutes of sitting still and watching amazing artistry, anything goes. And one thing we know for sure: With The Roaring Rag Beastie we have the perfect band to keep us going all night long.
The Roaring Rag Beaste is going to cater to all desires: Ragtime meets Blues!
Monday – The Jam Session: Monday Marmalade
November 18th, 21.00 – SwingStep Berlin, Prinzenallee 33, close to U8 Pankstr.
For those of you who are staying longer in Berlin we are going to hijack our monthly Monday Marmalade Jam Session – Cirque du Solo style… we have the amazing David Hermlin Quintet as a special opener for this night and the second set is an open jam session, so feel free to drop by with your instrument.
The Musicomaniacs are the new swinging sensation from Berlin. By combining technical virtuosity, familiar melodies, and tight rhythms, this band is perfect for both the energetic swing dancer, the discerning listener and the jazz neophyte. Started in Berlin in 2017, the sextet brings together some of the finest musicians from the city, many who have already earned considerable reputation on the local and international jazz scene. In that retrospect, this combo offers an unprecedented level of excellence in the genre. As Their first concert series, the band is thrilled to revive the music of legendary jazz bassist John Kirby, known for his exciting and meticulous arrangements. Drawing from both classical and jazz composers, Kirby composed an outstanding swing repertoire that still dazzles the crowds today.
The Musicomaniacs are rehearsin’ for a nervous breakdown!
Andreas Hofschneider Sextet (Saturday)
Andreas Hofschneider and his gang are one of the most popular Swing combos in and around Berlin. Why? Because they play sharp like a Suzie Q and are on the spot like a Freeze Turn. The band specializes in the 1930s Benny Goodman’s style. The repertoire contains titles that resemble old sound recordings from the USA of the Swing Era. The sound color of the band is their hallmark: the instruments of the members date back to the 1930s.
If you are around for Workshops you propably have heard them already. They play regulary on the biggest swing dance events in Berlin and around Europe. To name just a few of them: Lindy Shock in Budapest, Berlin Balboa Weekend, Minor Swing in Gothenburg and of course Cirque du Solo.
Andreas Hofschneider is based in Berlin, but internationally a household name since many years
The Jungle (Saturday)
The Jungle Jazz Band is a traditional jazz band formed by six young international musicians based in Berlin. Although each member comes from a different background, they all share the same passion for the oldest jazz in the world which was born in New Orleans at the beginning of last century.
The members of The Jungle have already gained recognition within the European swing dance community and are known for offering some of the best hot jazz in the scene. They often collaborate with well-known musicians from New Orleans such as Meschiya Lake, Russell Welch, or Joseph Faison and have assembled the finest musicians to turn the heat up even higher.
The style of the band resurrects the original rough and powerful sound of early jazz where music was meant to be hot, entertaining and danceable. Inspired by the greatest composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong’s hot five, Sidney Bechet, the band delivers fresh interpretations and thrilling arrangements, exciting all kinds of audiences from dancers, jazz connoisseurs to party crowds.
The Jungle are the new hot jazz institution – comprised of Berlin’s finest musicians!
The Roaring Rag Beastie (Sunday)
The Roaring Rag Beastie are a quartet around the renowned Italian / Berlin Blues guitarist Stefano Ronchi with a focus on early ragtime and blues music. The instrumentation of guitar, bass, washboard and blues harmonica gives them a unique sound and their repertoire covers everything fromfreakin’ fast to sloooow and cozy. They are just the perfect band for our Sunday Night Speakeasy :)
The Roaring Rag Beastie with their take on the well known spiritual
Marmalade Swing (Monday)
Marmalade Swing was originally put together as the house band for SwingSteps monthly “Monday Marmalade – Live Swing Jam”. By now they are also making themselves on stages around Berlin, but of course they stay true to their origin and welcome you all on stage to swing with them!
Marmalade Swing is inviting all musicians on stage for the monthly Live Swing Jam Session
The OJ Brothers (Masters of Ceremony)
The OJ Brothers met around 10 years ago on a Swing concert of a Belgian band in Berlin and immediately fell in love with each other. Their first public appearence in the Herräng Cabaret immediately brought them world fame but was only repeated once again before they disappeared as suddenly as they had before emerged. No one has known their abouts up until now… we could find them and strap them down, so they can be the Masters of Ceremony of this year’s Cirque du Solo! We are really curious about what they will have in store for us!
Footage of The OJ Brothers is rare… this is one photo showing them in their natural habitat!
DJ Sarah Spoon (London, GB)
SarahSpoon is one of those humans who like to do all the things!
She first became addicted to lindy hop in 2012 in New York and hasn’t really looked back from that since.
Originally from London, she now travels in pursuit of that particular type of joy that comes from dancing, through teaching, MCing and DJing.
Sarah is a passionate, sharp witted, switch dancing, walking rainbow. And she knows how to bring the party.
More DJs to be announced…
This year we decided to change some of our formats a bit and want to offer an opportunity to perform that brings us close to the Authentic Jazz spirit we want to create at Cirque du Solo. The aim of our Vintage Showcase is to recreate or reinterpret an original performance from the Golden Jazz Age. You are free to choose any clip, as long as it is an original vintage recording. And as a special motivation: Our Jury will pick one showcase that they especially like as an additional act for the Sunday Show :)