The ‘Unique, Bizarre and Ultra-Extravagant’ Sven Ratzke Returns to New York
Hailed by John Cameron Mitchell as “the best Hedwig I’ve ever seen,” Sven Ratzke returns to Joe’s Pub at the Public with a brand new show, Homme Fatale, for two performances on Wednesday, October 25 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m.
On the heels of last year’s hit Starman, Homme Fatale features original songs by New York songbird Rachelle Garniez, Belgian underground pop star Dez Mona, Irish folkster Lisa Hannigan and Grammy Award nominee Rufus Wainwright. Ratzke also offers original takes on hits by Lou Reed, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Joy Division. The costumes are created by French designer Thierry Mugler, who has also dressed Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.
Homme Fatale walks the line “between pop and chanson – between the seducer and the prey – a rollercoaster through the fates of pimps, lovers, thieves, legends, angels and devils.” Ratzke is a master storyteller, creating songs like dreamy little movies with witty banter that takes the audiences on a trip through a mystical night around the world, blending fact and fiction.
Sven Ratzke has toured the world with his concerts for almost 20 years, from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Berliner Ensemble, to the Sydney Opera House and Lincoln Center. For the last two years, he has crossed the globe with his acclaimed show Starman, featuring the music of David Bowie. It won several awards, including honors at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Helpmann Award nomination, the Australian equivalent to the Tony Award.
Ratzke has worked with legendary performers like Nina Hagen, Fassbinder muse Hanna Schygulla, New York downtown darlings Joey Arias and Justin Vivian Bond. He has also worked with Grammy Award-winning opera singer Claron McFadden and performed with musical ensembles such as the Metropole Orkest and The Asko|Schönberg orchestra.
He portrayed the lead in the European production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was hailed by its creator John Cameron Mitchell as “the best Hedwig I’ve ever seen!”
His most recent performance in New York was praised as “a terrifically entertaining show that is bizarre, captivating, and fully original” by Manhattan Digest.