Where Are We Now

Sven Ratzke performs songs by David Bowie in Where Are We Now at La MaMa Downstairs. Original photo by Hanneke Wetzer.
Has David Bowie been reincarnated as Sven Ratzke?

By Andrew Andrews

Sven Ratzke sings the songs of David Bowie.

He’s not a Bowie impersonator, so to speak, although he does sport jackets with padded shoulders, high-heeled boots and hair blown back as if he just navigated a storm of space debris.

Accompanied only by Christian Pabst on grand piano, the singer performs scaled-down renditions of numbers that span Bowie’s forty-plus year musical career, from the days of Ziggy Stardust to 2015’s Lazarus.

Ratzke fell in love with Bowie’s music while preparing his hit show Starman for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, and takes his exploration of the catalog further in Where Are We Now.

With the comedic stylings of a drag cabaret, the music is interspersed with plenty of storytelling, sometimes about Bowie but often about Ratzke’s own career and his interpretations of the music.

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Andrew Andrews attended Where Are We Now at La MaMa Downstairs in New York on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:30pm to write this review.

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