The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse present
- 60 mins
A vibrantly stylish performance about Josephine Baker, the girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon.
Be captivated by the toe tapping dance and irresistible rhythms. Be gripped by the true story and emotions.
Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the kerb.
But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure. Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for.
And she just can't allow that.
With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, spring-heeled Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined as we follow one woman's incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.
"A toe-tapping show wise to the adage that you cannot enjoy the rhythm and ignore the blues" Guardian, November 2021.