By Steven Cosson and Michael Friedman
A revival of the radical cabaret of 19th-century Paris to tell the story of the 1871 Paris Commune—arguably the first socialist revolution in Europe—and a concert that took place there on the eve of its defeat.
Sights and Sounds:
History told and sung through engrossing first-person accounts, raucous popular songs like the Communist anthem "The Internationale," a can-can charting the history of revolution and labor in two minutes, and an operatic Army of France that kills with song.
Most interesting thing learned about the 1871 uprising:
That culture does, in fact, create the world we live in. Speeches and songs have power to shape our society. We often think of culture as a refuge from life; the Commune proves that life and culture are inseparable.
Best advice for discussing communism in social settings:
If you have to talk about dangerous things sometimes it's best to sing.