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St. Nicholas 1888: A Kinder-Horror Holiday (Early Show)
Church of the Angels
Pasadena, CA
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St. Nicholas 1888: A Kinder-Horror Holiday (Early Show)
He's certainly not jolly, and you sure as hell had better not call him "Nick." The St. Nicholas you'll meet tonight is the genuine old-world artifact  the stern judge who oversaw a creaky old style of child-rearing the Germans call "gingerbread and whip."

Of course Nicholas himself didn't dirty his hands with whips. For that he had the Krampus. Today, every self-respecting hipster loves Krampus. But while your friends rhapsodize about the ersatz bubblegum Krampus of American comic books, TV, and monster fandom, tonight you'll get a glimpse of the old devil in his original form  the Krampus of the ancient alpine "Nikolausspiel" or NICHOLAS PLAY, a folk theater production somewhat resembling England's old Christmas mummers' plays.

Tonight's play is the premier presentation of an original English translation provided by Krampus Los Angeles.spiel-vienna Never before performed in English or even outside the Alps, these plays, date back to the 16th century, and annual performances only survive in a few Alpine towns.  Many scholars believe them to be the source of the later Krampus traditions.  The Nicholas Play now stands on UNESCO's World Heritage list as part of Austria's "Intangible Cultural Heritage."

While all this cultural import may sound too serious for fun, we've not forgotten our audience. Our Los Angeles production combines only the most attractive and amusing scenes involving the Krampus, Lucifer, butchered children, and the inexorable power of Death, all represented in bouncy rhyme. Whether speaking of eternal salvation or the merciless tortures of Hell, the dialogue of the Nikolausspiel is inevitably delivered in cheery couplets worthy of Dr. Seuss.

Even more grimly campy is our film feature DER STRUWWELPETER. This exceedingly rare 1955 German strww-bookfilm, never before screened in the US or even released for home media, debuts tonight with subtitles translated exclusively for Krampusfest.

The children's book upon which the film is based was penned in 1845 by an asylum medic, Dr. Heinrich Hoffman, and has ever since remained horrifically etched on the German consciousness.  Der Struwwelpeter lays out the strictures of 19th-century parenting and  even more deliciously  grisly fantasy-punishments for the errant youngster. American and UK hipsters may be familiar with the book through its interpretation by the punk cabaret artists The Tiger Lillies in their late '90s "junk opera" Shockheaded Peter.

Guests for this double bill are invited to come in themed wardrobe, period clothing, or holiday attire, kinder-style or adult, festive or grim. On hand will also be Bay Area artist Kimric Smythe's KRAMPUS-DRIVEN STEAMCAR as well as our international guests: members of the Salzburg-area ALT GNIGLER KRAMPUS UND PERCHTEN PASS.

The setting for tonight's excursion to the 1880s has also been carefully selected to further transport you to a distant time and place: Pasadena's historic Anglican Church of the Angels, a Gothic Revival edifice dating back to 1889.

BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED CAPACITY OF THIS VENUE, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND BUYING YOUR TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE.

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Church of the Angels (View)
1100 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States

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