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Monday, August 20, 2007

Spiegeltent

The Spiegeltent is a traveling European mirror tent. These are hand-hewn pavilions built of wood, mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed in velvet and brocade. They have been used as traveling dance halls, bars and entertainment salons since they were created in the early 20th century in Belgium. One of the last remaining Belgian Spiegeltents is The Famous Spiegeltent, which travels around the world to various venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Belfast Festival at Queen's and Just for Laughs in Montreal, Canada. The Famous Spiegeltent was built in 1920 by master craftsmen Oscar Mols Dom and Loius Goor. Marlene Dietrich sang ‘Falling In love Again’ on its stage in the 1930’s. There are only a few remaining spiegeltents worldwide at this time (one of the largest is the Grand Spiegeltent) - read more here about Siegeltents here. The one in the photo is located at South Street Seaport as part of Spiegelworld. In tomorrow's posting, I will tell of the spectacular shows I saw there with exterior shots of the tent and environment they have created ...

9 comments:

Lucy said...
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Lucy said...

Interesting venue for a show with the caberet and trapeze and burlesque elements they created -- and I like the precious music box feel to the interior with all the wood and mirrors and fabric and lights...

travelphilippines said...

thats a very tent.

• Eliane • said...

Wow, your Belgian reader learned something here. I need to head to South Street Seaport and take a closer look.
Hey, I see you... ;)

Joey Joey said...

Brings back fond memories of my performances in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland! Nice to see one up close again. JoeyJoey

Brian said...

The shows are great and intimate - we sat a few feet from the stage.

Wendy said...

I've never seen anything like it, it looks like it's something to see. I've seen plain old circus tents, but never a tent with this much work put into it. Glad you shared the photo.

Carpedeum said...

Thanks so much for contributing to my "learn something new every day" campaign! That is so interesting. Many thanks.

don said...

wooow i been in this tent at the nort sea jazz festival in Rotterdam. I was so impressed that aforgot to take a picture.