The Dusty Flower Cabaret
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (DFC) is a non-profit society dedicated to creating and supporting original work of physical theatre in stages both traditional and site specific. The DFC creates large scale musicals, small scale roving acts, and festivals.
Kat Single-Dain began her life by playing, acting, dancing and singing as a child and plans to do the same for the rest of her life. Kat is an award-winning filmmaker, critically acclaimed performer and writer/director, an established choreographer of nine full-length, original theatre productions, and an event producer. She is the artistic director of The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society, named one of “Vancouver’s best kept secrets” by the CBC, and its yearly festival, The Parade of Lost Souls. She also can be seen on a regular basis as the well-loved over-the-hill chorus girl, Gloria, from Gloria's Happy Hour, the character Gladys with festival darlings The Myrtle Sisters family band, and plays with the local brass band, Balkan Shmalkan. Kat is also the creator, director and choreographer of the critically acclaimed and Jesse-nominated Hard Times Hit Parade and Scarlet Queen of Mercy---two immersive theatrical extravaganzas currently in post production as feature films.
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Variety Show
Expect the unexpected during this quirky combo of live music, puppetry and swing and go-go dancing. Vocalist, performer and show creator Kat Single-Dain performs this variety show as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet of musicians. The show features live looping with trumpet, tuba and other brass instruments. It’s an uproarious family show for all ages, and you may want to join the troupe by the end of their show.
Gloria's Happy Hour
Over-the-hill chorus girl turned unregistered-relationship-counsellor, Gloria brings a great time with her anytime of the day, which is why wherever she goes it's always "Gloria's Happy Hour!" As an emcee, a cabaret act, or a full stage show, Gloria brings a mixture of "casual virtuosity" (according to theatre reviewer Collin Thomas from The Georgia Straight), as well as and "relatable spontaneous hilarity." Gloria is the host of countless events, weddings and festivals, packing any event with top-notch variety acts of a bygone era, and timeless reminders of love in the air. You may have seen her anywhere from Sweden to Bellingham to Horsefly during the past 12 years. Bring the Happy Hour with Gloria to your next event!
The woman behind the mask is Kat Single-Dain, a choreographer, writer, director and the artistic director of The Parade of Lost Souls, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret and several other immersive theatre extravaganzas.
Balkan Shmalkan Brass Band
Balkan Shmalkan is East Vancouver’s sweet dance party orchestra; think global music with local attitude. Their funky brass dance beats are rooted in the aural traditions of the Roma and Klezmorim of Eastern Europe and blended with a mixture of pop and jazz. Members of the group sing in 5 languages including Serbian, Romani, and Italian. The group contains six to twelve musicians playing reed, brass and percussion instruments of both eastern and western origin.
Balkan Shmalkan is the brain child of a group of musicians with a long history of collaboration in traditional South Serbian Trubaci music. This project is a way of blending that music with other vibrant traditions and bringing it to the general population of Greater Vancouver.
Balkan Shmalkan is exceptionally versatile and mobile, playing on and off stage with nothing more than the power of their lungs and a few horns.
Looking for some fun family-friendly roving acts for your next festival or event? The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret has some of the most unique costumes and roving acts including The Great Heron, The Mobile Disco Party, The Eyes, The Rotating Disco Heads, The LED Party Robot, The Great Crab, The Crows, The Headless Dancer, The Lamp Dancers, The Great Dragonfly, The Giraffe and The Mime. For photos and more info, visit dustyflowerpotcabaret.com/classifieds.
The Carol Singing Nerdy Elves
The Clowning Carolling Elves are a roving act for any holiday event led by performer Kat Single-Dain with the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. These hilarious nerdy elves sing your favourite holiday carols accompanied by live music by musicians or along to instrumental tracks. The elves sing a repertoire of 12 holiday songs, which are also in carolling books distributed to audience members so they can join in the fun. The Elves perform as a duo, trio or as a group of up to six, including a few musicians.
Instead of going where the party is, this party is where the going is! Consisting of a flexible combination of Partybot, Disco Tiger, Two Bigeyes, and/or Two Revolving Disco Heads, this group is a roving disco party that you can't resist. Surrounded by dancing children and adults alike, it is swarmed wherever it has gone so far. Partybot is an R2D2 inspired robot creature that has a rotating disco head, plays music, sheds laser lights, fog, and bubbles, all powered by battery and movable! Disco Tiger is an albino disco dancing tiger that wears a battery powered disco ball on a custom made backpack structure that rotates 9 feet above the ground with it's own built in spotlight and laser lights. The roving disco ball backpack can also be worn with any costume underneath to suit your event's theme. Two Bigeyes are literally two very large eyeballs that sit one atop each performer's head. They are custom built to light up, blink, look in any direction and with hats that spin on top. Two Revolving Disco Heads are two disco balls of 20 inch diameter that have been made into headpieces that rotate on top of the performer's head while also allowing the performer to see at all times. A very impressive feat of engineering that we have not seen elsewhere in the world, these characters work really well flanking a stage as humourous bodyguards, or as go go dancers, or can be sent out as a single roving performer outfitted in full sequins.
The Myrtle Sisters
Myrtle Sisters Cabaret Festival Show
The Myrtle Sisters, featuring Candice Roberts, Nayana Fielkov, and Kat Single-Dain, are a trio of east Vancouver performers delighting audiences of all ages with their harmonies, twinkling-tap numbers and family antics! They’ve been showcasing a clowning, vaudeville and dance menagerie of musical calamity for over 10 years in a variety of venues. Expect plenty of charm and shenanigans along with their original and historic songs and dances. The music stands on its own, but their onstage family antics, tap stylings and wild tunes are not to be missed.
Out of Time (Theatre and Festival Stage Show)
The Myrtle Sisters have just arrived from 1921 via a time machine! They were traveling about, collecting, learning and sharing historical songs and dance hits from the 20’s, 30s and 40s when something went wrong! Can the time machine be fixed?
Since they’ve never been this far in the future, the sisters decide to perform their numbers and collect their data. In an artistic exchange with the audience of the millennium they trade dance crazes such as the Charleston and the Shim-sham for ones from the current times.
In a story of independence and togetherness, the sisters learn that they don’t always have to agree, but that they are stronger when they support each other. Will the Myrtle Sister’s ever learn to get along? Can the audience help them harmonize once again and get back to 1919?
The Can Do's (Roving Act)
Join the band! The Can-Do’s are an alter-ego troupe of The Myrtle Sisters and they will not be missed! They hand out chopsticks and invite you to cacophonously clang away on their tin-can skirts! People of all ages delightfully jam along while the sisters sing and you ting and tang.
“Watching Kat Single-Dain’s energetic choreography, you can almost feel the sap starting to run in the trees.”
—Collin Thomas, Theatre Reviewer, The Georgia Straight.
“The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets!”
— CBC Vancouver