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Self-Discovery on a Humorous Scale
This is Dani Cabs
Daniel Cabrera is a man on a journey of self-discovery, but unlike other people Dani is not taking off to a Byron Bay retreat, or a men's only camping workshop. Nor is he taking part in corporate trust exercises or scribbling fraught paragraphs of verse into his journal by candlelight. Instead Dani Cabs - as he's known - is presenting his life story, warts-and-all, on stage for the world to see, enjoy, empathise with, and laugh about. His authentic, energetic, and artistic one man show, Who is Dani Cabs? is playing for four nights only during Wonderland Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse this December and it's sure to delight fans of a good yarn.
We meet up for a cheeky lunchtime beverage, over which Dani tells me, "I try to be as sincere and honest as possible and talk about how it is for me as a first generation Australian male, growing up in contemporary Australia and who I am as an Australian male."
Check out my video chat with Dani Cabs
I can tell he's sincere about wanting to connect on a deep level with other humans, to deliver a performance beyond gender stereotyping, facades and bravado, to delve deep into his own and other Australian's psyches.
Dani admits, "I'm really enjoying the live stuff; that immediate interaction with audiences is beautiful."
Dani's show, of which I caught an earlier incarnation at the Anywhere Festival in May this year, is what could be best described as comedic multi-media performance art. An honours graduate in photographic art and a talented video artist, Dani uses his short movies, photographs, dance, storytelling, comedy, improvisation and audience interaction to weave his personal tales.
It's not just his own life that provides the inspiration for the show, but also a passionate need to get a message of love, respect and inclusion across to the audience. Don't expect to be lectured or have an overly saccharine message shoved down your throat at Dani's show.
Dani says, "Ray Cook, he's a photographic artist, a brilliant Brisbane photographic artist. He's been around for 30 years. He said to me, 'Dani sometimes humour is the best way to say something. If you make people laugh they won't know they're learning and you're not lecturing,' and I went 'Oh, alright,' and the funny work came from that."
While there will be lots to laugh about, the show isn't just all just fun and games. There are beautifully poignant and painfully honest moments too. People who love a bit of modern art won't be disappointed either, with plenty of meaningful quirk in the performance.
You can see a complete, uncut, fifteen minute video of my chat with Dani here and view some of his gorgeous photos and film pieces here. If you want to experience Dani's charisma up close and personal (well, as up close and personal as a theatre gets) book now for Who is Dani Cabs? at the Powerhouse's website.