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Molly & Monroe
Spearheaded by Katja Rosenberg, London’s curatorial service Art Catcher Ltd is very proud to present the new musical project “Molly & Monroe”, telling the life story of the German 1920s dance artists Walther and Hedwig Flechtheim aka Monroe & Molly. The couple was active and celebrated on many stages, but particularly in the North Rhine - Westphalian spa town of Bad Oeynhausen.
Walther was the son of a Jewish merchants’ family and Hedwig the daughter of an instrument maker. Together they had been living the bohemian lifestyle of travelling artists before getting employment in Bad Oeynhausen in 1919. The following 15 years proved to be as successful as they were interspersed with constant challenges. During the early thirties Walther fought to keep his right to work which was challenged due to his Jewish family background, and finally in 1933 he lost that battle. The pair emigrated to Britain and settled in London where they opened a bed & breakfast place for performance artists at 194 Brixton Road.
Walther Monroe died in 1949, Molly Monroe lived on until 1972, spending her later years on the Isle of Man. The couple was buried in Bad Oeynhausen, home to their hearts.
For the rediscovered story of Hedwig and Walter the dedicated research of town archivist Rico Quaschny was supplemented by vividly colourful oral accounts and character portraits supplied by the couple’s living niece Gerda Piasta.
The result is the 2001 published book “Monroe & Molly – The varieté stars Walther and Hedwig Flechtheim between success and persecution”, on which this musical project is based.
The 10 songs are performed by singer Manuela Schütte. The band, consisting of violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, flugelhorn, accordeon, piano and double bass, brings together artists from London, Helsinki, Brussels and Bad Oeynhausen.
Lyrics: Rosi Saaksmeier
Music and Arrangements: Catherine Kontz
1 Hommage an den Tanz (Hommage to Dancing)
2 Seelenverwandt (Soul Mates)
3 Kriegsjahre (Years of War)
4 Bad Oeynhausen
5 Dunkle Wolken (Dark Clouds)
6 Alles verloren (All is lost)
7 Das Haus an der Brixton Road (The House on Brixton Road)
8 Zusammen (Together)
9 Abschiedslied (Farewell Song)
10 Näherei des Lebens (The Sewing of Life)