The props used in Cabaret is to set the stage, to be used in the dance and contribute to the outfit like the cane. Fosse used simple props so that the audience would concentrate more on the movements of the dancers than anything else. This is one of the props used in Cabaret. It is a black wooden chair, which would create levels as they stand on the chair adding interest to the dance so that its not on the same level throughout the dance. You can see in this image the dancer dances with the chair creating shapes and making the dance more entertaining.
The above video is Bob Fosse's "The rich Man's Frug" (Sweet Charity) which is iconic, and demonstrates all of his iconic dance moves, costumes and props.
Cell block tango
In the first act of 'Chicago', a well known musical, the Cell Block Tango is used to justify the female prisoners crimes of killing their husbands. Through this heated dance, there is many hunched shoulders and multiple movements of the accents of the music. Also a standout I'd how simple majority of the movements are yet how ironic they are to the music. All of the characters are dressed in black, with fishnets stocking as well as heavy makeup which follows Fosse's iconic style.
Similarities and differences
Hip hop was originated from the culture of African Americans in the late 1960's and contains 4 distinct elements that is the basis of the style. This style was created by multiple people whereas Bob Fosse created his own. Hip hop has more of an upbeat vibe and tends to have a higher level of movement that consists of more aerobic moved, as opposed to Fosse's simple and effective style. Both of these styles require a high level of physicals skills, but mainly stamina and coordination. Also the use of expressing the story is extremely important in both these dances and the sharpness of all gestures made can define whether it is a success or not. Such as the slow and dignified body in Fosse's style and even the pop and lock in hip hop.
23rd Jun 1927. Robert Louis ‘Bob’ Fosse was born to Sara Alice Fosse and Cyril K. Fosse in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second youngest of the six children born to the couple.
1946 Fosse made his vaudeville debut with his wife in ‘Call Me Mister’, which earned him the attention of biggies like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. He then became a regular performer with his wife in the ‘Youth Hit Parade’ in the 1950s.
1949 He married Mary Ann Niles in 1949, but divorced her two years later.
1952 He then married Joan McCracken in 1952 and the marriage lasted for a span of seven years.
1953 He signed a contract with MGM in 1953 and he appeared in ‘Give A Girl A Break’, ‘The Affairs of Dobie Gills’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’ all of which appeared the same year. His performances earned him the attention of numerous Broadway producers.
1954 He choreographed his first musical, ‘The Pajama Game’ in 1954 followed by ‘Damn Yankees’ the next year.
1957 In 1957, he choreographed, ‘New Girl in Town’, followed by the film adaptation of ‘Pajama Game’, starring Doris Day. Three years later, he was the director and choreographer for a musical called, ‘Readhead’ for the first time.
1960 He married Gwen Verdon, a popular actress and his muse, in 1960 and the couple had a daughter, Nicole Providence Fosse, who also went on to become an actress and a dancer.
1961 In 1961, he also choreographed the musical hit, ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ and was the director/choreographer for ‘The Conquering Hero’.
1966 In 1966, he choreographed and directed a musical called ‘Sweet Charity’, which also starred his wife and muse, Gwen Verdon. Three years later, he directed his first feature film adaptation of ‘Sweet Charity’.
1972 In 1972, he directed one of his most popular Broadway musical productions, ‘Pippin’, for which he earned a number of Tony Award nominations. The same year, he produced his first concert film, ‘Liza with a Z’.
1972 In 1972, he directed one of his most iconic works, ‘Cabaret’, a musical film. The movie is regarded as his magnum opus because it still holds the record for most number of ‘Academy Award’ wins in a sole year without winning the uppermost honor of the ‘Best Picture’. Bob Fosse won an Academy Award for direction for his movie and the film went on to collect a massive $42,765,000 at the box-office.
1973 In 1973, he won two Tony Awards for ‘Best Direction of a Musical’ and ‘Best Choreography’ for ‘Pippin’.
1973 He won an Emmy Award for ‘Liza with a Z’ for the category of ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’, in 1973.
1973 In 1973, he won an Academy Award for the film ‘Cabaret’ for the category of ‘Best Director’.
1975 In 1975, he directed one of his most memorable musicals based on a eponymous play titled, ‘Chicago’. Two years later, he was seen in the rom-com, ‘Thieves’.
1979 In 1979, he won a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie, ‘All That Jazz’.
1980 In 1980, he directed the movie ‘Star 80’, which was a biopic on the life of ‘Playboy Playmate’, Dorothy Stratten. The film, although controversial, went on to be nominated for several distinguished awards.
1986 In 1986, he choreographed, wrote and directed ‘Big Deal’, which earned five Tony Award nominations and closed only after 69 performances. This was also his last work before his death.
23rd Sep 1987 He passed away due to a heart attack at the George Washington University Hospital. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean as per his request.