The true birthplace of cabaret is often disputed, but most of its origins are based in the US and Europe. A form of theatrical entertainment showcasing artistic variety from dance to song to drama, cabaret has had a long standing tradition of serving within the confines of western tastes and standards.
The current cabaret climate sees performers of colour severely underbooked, and when they are booked it’s often through a lens of tokenism. Beyond the lack of bookings and support, there is still a serious issue of appropriation and blackfacing happening on stages around the world today.
Started as a protest and “creative clap back to racism in the arts”, The Cocoa Butter Club has provided a platform for performers of colour in cabaret.