Stand up commedian Skye Ericsson invited the select guests as they arrived at M/S Patricia. Photo: Olav Holten
Last week was Pride week in Stockholm, but this year was very different. Basically all parties were cancelled as the maximum number of 50 people is way to low to make a profit. But when others saw problems, the agency Lights Event saw an oportunity. Why not throw a very exclusive release party in the city center of Stockholm? And by that, C'est La Vie - Stageless Cabaret was born.
The idea was to have a cabaret that was happening all over the restaurant. It had to be with the audience (and performers) at a corona safe distance but yet feel close and unique enough to be interesting and inspiring. The search for drag and burlesque artists that were experienced enough to fill the requirements began.
Dragshow artist Imaa Queen. Photo: Olav Holten
They naturally called up dragshow artist Imaa Queen who came up with many of the cool ideas that filled up this magical evening. The word about this project spread and new names started to pop up from nowhere. The ensamble quickly went from one to ten and suddenly the task of filling a whole evening with inspiring numbers got a whole lot easier.
Babsan (Lars Åke Wilhelmsson) got a surprice number written just for him, perfomed by Björta and Imaa Queen. Photo: Olav Holten
One of the highlights of the evening was a celebration of Babsan who was the former resident draqueen at Patricia. All his friends had known about it for days, but kept it a total secret. A show number created in his honour was performed at his table. Afterwards he received a standing ovation by the whole audience, and a big thank you from all the performers for all his inspiring work over the years.
So the next time you visit your favourite restaurant, you just might find yourself in the middle of the Stageless Cabaret. Who knows...
Here are more pictures from the Lights Event C'est La Vie Stageless Cabaret.