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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Friday, August 12, 2011

Spielpalast Cabaret -- with Eva and Amir, Irv and Barb's descendants-- takes Edinburgh by storm!

Edinburgh Festival Reviews-- Spielpalast... One thing I was hoping to find in my cabaret aventures was a show that captured the transgressive atmosphere of the sort of pre-war Berlin cabaret scene. And I have never seen anyone succeed quite like Spielpalast - a raggle-taggle group of players from Vermont, of all places. This 90-minute late night show begins with members of the company, dressed like semi-naked steampunks, moving among the audience offering to sell them nudie post cards. The master of ceremony is outstanding - pure Kit-Kat Klub - conniving, slightly sinister, willing to do anything to make the show go with a bang. The performers are a bunch of freaks and misfits, dancers, singers, actors and clowns and one very small rabbit. There's a storyline of sorts - an evil phalanx of capitalists is trying to buy out the cabaret, one of the dancers has become a born-again Christian and there is a robot dancer and a tiny rabbit on the loose. As promised by the nudie postcards there is the odd flash of flesh as part of the entertainment - but a glimpse of a nipple or a bum is used to surprise you or as a punchline, rather than as part of some sort of proscribed sexiness. Spielpalast make nudity seem naughty - no mean feat in these days of wall-to-wall burlesque, and actors and comedians waving their willies all over town. This is not a perfect show by any means; the dancing and singing are sometimes a bit sloppy and the gags could be better. But the anything-goes, freewheeling, uninhibited atmosphere of this show is really something unique.

1 comment:

  1. Eva, Amir, Finn, and all the rest are really something to see. I'm so glad that Edinburgh, a tough nut to crack, enjoys them. I know they're having fun there and that makes us happy-- tho we all miss them of course...