Even though winter is already gone here in Berlin and Spring is knocking on our doors inviting us out to stroll down the Spree or riding bikes through the city we have a wonderful Winter escape recommendation for you not to miss.
Actually it’s more a Spring escape, but never mind. Because any season you decide to escape the big city lights of Berlin for beautiful Kitzbühel will be most enjoyable. This little town has so much to offer that we repeated our trip from last year to get to know a much more sporty side of the idyllic mountain city. After the jump you will find some detailed recommendations and tons of beautiful mountain photos that will melt your arid city heart and make you wish to go for a skiing trip right away.
The surroundings of Kottbusser Tor have become part of the intense nightlive and gay scene since a couple of years now. An important anchor for everything that goes on in this area is a bar called Möbel Olfe. The bar has been synonymous for sex-hungry gay bears, beer-drinking lesbians and fun-seeking expats. It might sound a bit extreme but in the end it has never disappointed me by being a relaxed and great place to hang out with my friends and meeting new people.
A while ago, when we published the Strange Magic anthology, we had a nice story from our beloved author Kevin Junk about the Strange Magic of Möbel Olfe. Now he and his author friend Chloe Zeegen have joined forces to create a unique reading night at Möbel Olfe. Both of them have a full set of amazing stories to read from about the amazing nights they spend their. More details after the jump.
photo: Denitsa Ruseva
The independent theater scene of Berlin is unique and reknowned all over the world. Nowhere else you’ll find so many different kinds of theater makers and enthusiast like here. A great festival to get to experience a good portion of it is the upcoming 100° Festival of Independent Theater that takes place from Thursday to Sunday. Partiticipating stages are my three favourite independent theaters Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost and HAU. Four days, several stages and hundreds of perfomances and pieces make it impossible to see them all. This is also because the 100° Berlin has no borders – everyone can apply, productions of all genres and content are considered. The culmination is the award ceremony held in the Sophiensaele with a final party I definetly recommend you to join. You can read the full program if you like or just jump from one crazy perfomance to another and enjoy the unexpected. More information here.
photos: Bettina Stöß
While growing up in East Germany but coming from Italy, I had quite the strange childhood experience. I was the first kid with a “migrant” background at my school and everybody treated my like some sort of alien (even if my father is German). I remember one of my teachers touching my hair and looking into my eyes and saying: You are like the “little Muck” from the fairytales from Thousand and one Nights. She had never seen a kid with my skin and hair color before. Personally, I was always a little attracted by the ancient Arabic world, the beautiful illustration and wonderful symetrie of the architecture. Also, I know from several sources that sex was not always a tabu topic in the Arabic culture. I think the famous book One thousand and one Nights is actually the most obvious proof that there where once more playful sexual behaviours then nowadays in the Arabic culture.
The recently premiered ballett The Nights by the Staatsballett Berlin is showcasing several choreographies inspired by One Thousand and One Nights by the same choreographer who chreated the amazing Snowhite Ballet. Read my impressions of this ballet after the jump.
You know that we like high quality food and surely recommending good cake places and nice restaurants to our friends on a website was one of our first steps in becomming the nerdy bloggers we are today. Anways, since food is essential and we can’t avoid it (even if we sometimes try, with more or less success) why not celebrate it properly.
On February the 13th our friends and foodexpert from Quinoa the bistro and Gnamo Labs will celebrate the act of eating with a whole day dedicated to food and food-related activities as mini workshops, cooking tips, food art installations, a living exhibition of food art. With this first small event their aim is to bring together professionals and foodies around Berlin to create an accessible meeting point to discover, learn, teach and share knowledge about food. Everybody is invited to participate. Check the facebook event and choose how you want to be part of it. After the jump you will find some delicious examples of the food that will be served and more details.
photo: Enrico Nawrath
Sometimes a dance or theater piece is simply so amazing that it seems impossible to write a review that would measure up to the experience of seeing the piece. Still, I will try to make the effort, because I have to recommend to you the Open Square, a piece by Itzik Gallili at the Staatsballett Berlin.
The whole piece is a post-modern celebration of lights and shadows reflecting on the human body. I never saw a choreographic work that would use the postures and movements of ballet and was capable of creating a different context. Open Square is not just a dance piece, but more a ritual. A magic that demands to bend the limits of the human body and leave the constraints of our mind. The world premiere by the Israeli choreographer is a fierce move for the company in a more unconventional direction and it proves to be the right step to take. Everyone who is usually afraid of girls in tutu and boys in leggings should venture into the ballet world by seeing Open Square. It will open your mind like a box of Pandora and make you forget all prejudices and retentions you might have towards this form of art. More impressions and dates after the jump.
Escaping into the world of dance and fashion is our most favourite free time delight. This is why the fresh new collaboration of the dancer and choreographers and dancers Honji Wang and Sebastien Ramirez with Berlin-based Designer Mads Dinesen is our featured eye-candy of this weeks Cinéma de Mode. Envisioned by the new Berlin-based creative studio AB+ founded by fashion photographer Alexander Gnädinger and director Bernhard Landen this little dance fashion film will enchant you with cutting-edge fashion meeting modern choreography. Enjoy the movie after the jump.
photo: Pablo Derka
I think nearly nobody from the younger generation of Western Europeans has a concrete idea of what war is all about. It’s quite a different case in Israel where war is a constant threat and alone the three years of compulsory military service have an influence of the young generation’s mindset.
In the fresh new theatre piece of my good friend Santiago Blaum that will premiere this Friday at the Sophiensaele the story revolves around Elik Niv who is an Israeli elite soldier who left his homeland to establish a career as a contemporary dancer in Germany. On the stage he encounters the devil, like in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, and must enter into negotiations with him: reality and fiction, a biography and historical facts melt into one. Like an ego-shooter Elik takes us through video simulations, personal war experiences and beyond borders. Tatiana Saphir, star of our fashion parody Tati the Fruti Salad, is contributing to the piece in the role of a fabulous actress. The dates and more information after the jump.
A Polaroid camera is probably one of the most special items from the time of analog photography. Nowadays where we are all becoming amateur photographers through our phones, ipads, and digital cameras there is less appreciation for the actual printed photo which is quite sad. Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras and saved them from becoming useless. Now Impossible Projects is coming back to Berlin to open their first partner store in town.
For the occasion they invited renowned Berlin-based photographer Oliver Blohm to show his extraordinary work shot with Impossible film in an exhibition named “The Impossible Nuke”. Also you have the chance to take part in a special microwave session. Bring your own instant photo or shoot it right there and get it “nuked”. Kill your selfie and burn your polaroids I would say. More details after the jump.
Avant-garde fashion has to lead away from commercial and aesthetic boundaries, create new ways of perceptions or conceptualize society throughout the medium of garment, which is rather difficult if not impossible sometimes. Therefore designers tend to create statements less through the products of their creativity itself but furthermore with the presentation. Munich-based designer Patrick Mohr was often criticized for displaying unprovocative fashion in a provocative manner. Presenting rather simple outfits on homeless people, body-builders or albino models his fashion shows were always a reason for the news to project scandals.
In the last two seasons Mohr sticks to working with unconventional presentations and unique models, but also impressing with his designs. Last season’s collection called Human and this season called work hard and be mohr brought his aesthetics to a new level. The entire collection is made of a strong electric blue that created a nearly magical energy in the room. Using only black models Patrick Mohr wanted to criticize the predominance of white models throughout all the fashion industry. The models where standing in little triangle shaped pillars. Labels on the top of the pillars read in bold German words “Freiheit beschreibt die Fähigkeit des Menschen, willentlich zu handeln!” (Freedom is the ability of mankind to act deliberately).
Even if this sounds very socially conscious, I wonder how Mohr defines his freedom as an avant-garde designer. Because even if you don’t have to create fashion for the mass markets, you are still depending on sponsors or on other economic suppliers that have influence on your work in one way or another. I think that even if Patrick can work hard to be mohr as much as he wants, he can never be deliberately free in his designs. Nontheless he presented one of my favourite collections during the Berlin Fashion week, which you can admire in the fantastic backstage-shootings from our talented photographer Olga Khristolyubova after the jump.