photos: Bettina Stöß
For more than three years Staatsballet Berlin, one of the best classical dance companies in Europe, and Berghain, for many Berliners the best club in the whole universe, worked on their second artistic collaboration. Based on new electronic music tracks by Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann with Frank Wiedemann and DIN (Efdemin & Marcel Fengler) three different Staatsballett choreographers presented a contemporary dance piece. The topic and also the title of this three-part evening is: Masse (mass) as a social and physical phenomenon. Read more about my experience of seeing this unique production after the jump.
photos: Marcelo Paixão
„Why are you dressed like the devil?“ I ask the man next to me with a plastic trident and the black cape. „ I am not dressed like the devil, I am an Orisha! The devil does not exist. I am a true power of nature.”
In Berlin the next question to myself would have probably been: Which kind of drugs is he on? But I am in Sao Paulo and here everything is different. Magic and modernism, jungle and metropolis fuse into each other. The result is something really big, dangerous, vibrant and demonic. Probably the most exhausting and exciting city I have been so far in my live. Last Friday I was at Capslock. One of the craziest parties here in town. Inside of an abandoned skyscraper (right in the center of Sao Paulo) called Trackertower a feast of inhuman kind took place. Not only the music and the vibe could compete with any really good Berlin party: every room was creatively decorated by several street artist. Get some impressions of the night and the morning after from the photographer Marcelo Paixão after the jump.
I expressed my love for Tata Christiane several times on iHeartBerlin already. And even if not every garment she creates is very elegant or made for grown ups, she is very innovative by creating her own aesthetic and design language. Furthermore I think what makes her work so unique is her outstanding personality. When she appears at a public event, she has the look and the manners of a modern shaman. Her voice is very soft and with a distinguished French accent. She is always smiling and you have the feeling an aura of warm comforting energy is surrounding her movements. This sounds crazy to you? Well, then you don’t have to listen to me, but you should not ignore her new collection called Le troisième Oeil (Third eye). Obviously the perfect after-yoga-going-to-party outfit. More photos after the jump.
photo: Thea Axthelm Hoffmann
Three young women go West in the theater play Nach Westen, nach Westen by Holle Münster at Ballhaus Ost. Their struggle with their GDR past and West German society is conceptualized in a short and very beautiful piece. The stage as a catwalk of family tragedies does not lack funny and energetic surprises created by visionaire Thea Axthelm Hoffmann. Once again I realize how chauvinistic society presently is in any workfield – even in arts and cultures. That is why I am very glad to recommend a little masterwork by a creative female team. Good job girls! Date, time, address and more stage photos after the jump.
Europe in times of change shows that the old continent has a lot of rebels’ blood in their veins. The social and economic crisis is creating despair and protest especially in the Southern countries. But as in any period, big drama makes great drama - at least on stage. Young, fresh plays from around Europe will be presented at The Festival of International New Drama F.I.N.D. at the Schaubühne this month. From March16th to 24th the stage will be taken over by directors, actors and writers from all over Europe to present their work in Berlin for the first time. Read our recommendations after the jump.
“To collect photographs is to collect the world,” says Susan Sontag in her essay On Photography. With digital photography and web applications like Instragram this statement seems even more concrete and even more dangerous. The constant creating of images is also an attempt to depict a subjectiv reality. The camera and its voyeuristic function is the theme of the dance piece “Schau mich an und lächle” at the Theater im Aufbauhaus. Based on Susan Sontag essay the Kinetic Dance Company explores the power, beauty and brutality of photography. Find out the dates and the address after the jump.
The last time I visited a theaterpiece by the Signa collective I was wowed for several days. It was at Ballhaus Ost were the whole theater was transformed into a mental ward. I was a patient there for a whole day and I will never forget the experience. Now the Danish theater group is back in town and ready to strike again with a really provocative matter. At Club Inferno you will become part of a sick parallel universe, where most of its “inhabitants” are stuck and rarely ever take a step outdoors. Read the whole synopsis and more information about the play after the jump.
Can you successfully work together with your exboy/girlfriend? This is one of the most discussed topics in my life, since I try to do it day by day, sometimes better sometimes worse. But in the end the results are what counts. Two very good friends of mine where a couple years ago and now joined forces again not to make love but to make really good theater. The creative duo Daniel Schrader and Thea Axthelm-Hoffmann did a great job creating the piece V. at Ballhaus Ost based on the book of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon. Tomorrow is the last show for now and I highly recommend you to go there. You will have a theater experience not just of pure intelectual and visual pleasure but also a good dose of Berlin craziness. More pictures and the details after the jump.
On Valentine’s Day it is all about marketing. And actually sometimes I have the feeling love itself is all about marketing. But for once I think some people are using the hype all over Valentine’s Day for marketing love itself. In a very poetic way two humans are confessing their love in front the whole world in this beautiful video which was released last week. Federico and Stefano are a couple for over 11 years now and they will finally marry on the today in New York. Not because they love this city so much, but because they can’t do it in the city they found, loved each other and live together: Torino in Italy.
But this video not only promotes gay marriage for its obvious causes. It shows that it can be so simple to touch everyone around you just by telling your story. And perhaps by telling stories people will start to listen. Listen to their heart and make laws with the heart, too. Watch this heartbreaking video after the jump.
Berlin is a slut! We knew that already. But what I recently found out is that even the one thing that Berlin is most famous for is not free of prostitution: Parties.
In this city there are three kinds of party people. The ones who can have fun for (almost) free, those who have to spend at least 300 Euro a night to even start to feel a little fun and excitment and the ones who get paid for having fun in the right place at the right time. If you are interested to learn more about the last group I mentioned follow me after the jump.