Craig Davies for Art-Sheep
Vaudeville was a form of variety entertainment popular in the US until the early 1930s. Each show was a collection of unrelated acts grouped together on one stage. Musicians, comedians, dancers, magicians, animals, acrobats, and actors were joining forces to create a bizarre, but delightful to watch, spectacle for an audience that always varied.
Back in 1920s America, the Hans Kasemann Midgets were both the biggest and littlest thing in the Vaudevillian scene. Kasemann was the group’s leader, even though he was a tall man, and brought it to America after having started it in Germany. Even though their show had a very basic set, the combination of Kasemann’s singing while playing the piano and his little stars singing and dancing around him, was enough to make the midgets’ performance the must-see show of the 20s.