Singer Gisela Reuter (pictured) will be taking her old suitcase down from the top of the wardrobe in Berlin and dusting it off ready for a performance at the Casa do Povo in Moncarapacho on March 26 at 7.30pm.
Inside the suitcase? Memories, mostly – old songs from the edgy, twilight world of Berlin in the 1920s.
Gisela is much more than just a singer; she is a theatrical performer who excels at presenting this type of song – by Kurt Weill, Hollaender, Nelson and others – where the words conjure up both an image and a mood.
And her timing for humour is excellent – as shown in her performance of the old women’s liberation song Raus mit den Männern aus dem Reichstag, in which it is suggested that men should just disappear and leave women to take over their jobs.
Although most of the songs are in German, Constant van Scherpenseel, a lively performer in his own right, will be on hand to say a few words about each one in English, Portuguese and Dutch.
Gisela will be accompanied by pianist Lutz Kettnaker.