Monday, March 28, 2011

..Lottie Brunn..

RBBB 1957

..Havana Cuba RBBB 1949..

Lottie and Rex Williams 1961

Ringling Madison Square Garden 1948
 Lottie Brunn was one of the last witness of last century's great shomanship, when mastering an act was a mysterious formula of tantalizing talent, erotic elegance, raucous rythm. And of all the remaining ingredients to make you believe that the performer was part of another world, the ambassador of a kingdom invented to exhilarate you in a happy evening, to then turn into a gentle ghost to wake you the following morning in a regenerate state of grace, to face the ordinary world.

That was Mrs. Brunn, now in the realm of the legend where her brother Francis was waiting before.

They were in a class before stylized rainbow lycras, elaborate face paintings and sophisticated aseptic soundtracks. They were in a class when performing was a matter of personality, smiles, continuous seduction, masterful interaction with a live swing band, and a concept of costumes as going to a court ball twice daily.

Lottie and Francis are now perhaps doing the same up there, very far in the sky, in the same world where this class can last forever: the class of Borra the king of pickpockets; or the gentleman magician Channing Pollock; of the elegant chaotic George Carl; the absurd but aristocratic dancing Doll Family of midgets; the lord of horsemanship Albert Schumann, or Count Basie and his band. An array of smiles, subtle touches of shomanship, white ties, silk dresses, personal lobby photos polished as new shoes, feats of acrobatics or legerdemain presented with the lightness of a joke, to distracted night-club audiences mesmerized for seven long minutes when the world and all is cold wars seemed to stop.

What a century it was. What performers they were.

.........Raffaele D Ritis


Showbiz David said...

Thank you, Raffaele, for your wonderful rich tribute. And thank you, Margaret, for printing it here. I was so lucky to be there when Francis Brunn juggled in his prime. He opened a young kid's eyes to the mesmerizing brilliance of circus art. As you so passionately assert, they and their like gave us so much!