Mime & Music Cabaret

The Karfunkel Karneval is an ever-changing circus show blending the arts of mime, buffoonery, live music and photography into a unique happening.

About the show

The Karfunkel Karneval is a show like no other. And even each single performance is different. But skill, creativity, passion and the goal to enchant the audience remain the same. The Karfunkel Karneval is a collaboration of exceptional arts. A group of professional mime artists teaming up with a singer-songwriter and a photographer to create a unique world apart from established variety productions.

Basic info

Type: stage or street show / Genre: cabaret, mime, live music, visual theatre / Duration: 30-60 min / Number of artists: 3 or 4 performers & 1 technician / Language: nonverbal, songs in English, hosted in English or German / Audience: all ages

Constantly surprising, ultimately touching

At our Karneval, there is no trapeze swinging, no club flying. A colourful ensemble of charismatic characters sings, talks and plays through the evening, celebrating the magic of the now. A creative revue somewhere between chanson, burlesque, puppetry, physical theatre and buffoonery that surprises constantly, switches moods unexpectedly. You will laugh out loud in one moment just to shed a tear in the next.

Some moving images from the Karfunkel Karneval in Switzerland:

The team behind the show

The artistic dream team behind the Karfunkel Karneval consists of Merlin aka Ferkel Johnson & Kalena Leo from the Karfunkel Kabinett, Silent Rocco, Miss Walker, and – if not too busy doing creature performances for film and TV – Malik Ibheis from London, all masters of their craft, ready to mesmerize you from the first minute to the last.

From a theatre ship to the world

It all started as a spontaneous production on board the Evolutie – a theatre ship in Basel, with great success. And now, we are bringing this show to stages around the world. And if there is no stage, we can set up our own little circus tent. The Karfunkel Karneval can be customized to your event regarding setting, length and – to some extend – content. Ferkel Johnson hosts the show either in his mother tongue German or in perfect English. And as a huge extra: the Karfunkel Karvenal is accompanied by Kalena Leo’s highly praised photo exhibition “Manege – Artists”.

Video tour through Kalena Leo’s “Manege – Artists” photo exhibition:

How to book the Karneval

For any additional questions or booking enquiries, just send an email to rocco@berlin.de or call me at +49 178 137 62 26. As the sign in the photo above is saying, we promise you “anarchistic evening entertainment, magical theatre only for the crazy ones”.

Photos by Kalena Leo