photo: Dan Hirsch
We all know that living together in a 35 square meter studio apartment in Berlin did not bring eternal love and happiness to the young couples of the city. And still I see more and more people moving together in tiny apartmens, losing their privacy in the name of love and money. But what does all this saving money bring you in the end if you will wreck your relationship. Maybe love just can’t be a bargain.
The economy of love and relationships in Berlin is also the topic of the upcoming piece Save Your Love by Israeli director Ariel Nil Levy and performers Hila Golan, Niva Dloomy at Theaterdiscounter. A basic berlin relationship will unfold in front of your eyes with all the problems love can have of living in a big city in a small apartment. The piece is suited for an English-speaking audience. Furthermore during all of December there will be performances around the topic of love at this little theater which now is fighting for its existence, since the state will not support it in the future. Let’s hope for the best and let’s get some love there this month. The dates and the address after the jump.
photo: Rolf Arnold
Maybe you have already heard about the literature contest we launched together with the Sophiensaele theater. The reason we ventured in this new editorial direction is the upcoming international theater festival Strange Magic that will start tomorrow. We are really much looking forward to it not just because our first printed booklet comes out of the press and will be presented during the festival but also because there will be so much interesting theater and perfomances going on. The overall topic is the magical and illusionary in theater. How can stage magic be combined with performance know how? Visibility vs. invisibility, knowledge and power, illusions and disillusions are the focus and point to the current social debate: who is manipulating and fooling whom? In my opinion very interesting questions, which will be hopefully answered in part by the presented pieces. But if you can’t visit the festival, you can still follow our Strange Magic of Berlin stories which we will publish, one by one here on the blog. My recommendations for the individual perfomances after the jump.
photo: Eylül Aslan
Without being too much New-Age-esque and yogi-like, I think we all agree that Berlin is a magical place. But unlike other metropolises that have per definition spectacular sites and magical corners such as Rome, Paris or New York have, Berlin’s magic cannot be described with another word other then strange or odd. The only way to capture it in real words is by telling the singular stories of our everyday life and exclaiming in the end: this is Berlin.
Exactly this stories we would like to hear from our readers. Together with our favorite independent theater the Sophiensaele we are curating and editing a print booklet entitled The Strange Magic of Berlin in which we would like to present stories by our readers and followers telling their experiences about the life in Berlin. This booklet will be available at the upcoming theater festival Strange Magic by the Sophiensaele. Please send in your short story of a maximum of 800 words in English or German to firstname.lastname@example.org until November 14, 2013.
Together with the team of the Sophiensaele we will edit 10 stories to be printed and presented to the audience of the festival. Every participant will receive a copy and have the possibility to visit one piece of the festival for free. Also the stories will be presented online during the festival on here on I HEART BERLIN. We are very curious about your submissions!
For this year’s special I HEART BERLIN live event Claudio and I chose something that we feel particularily excited about: Halloween. Bringing together creative minds from the worlds of theatre, perfomance art, fashion, publishing and music we created the House of Haunted Hearts that opened its doors on Thursday with a DIY costume workshop, a haunted house with artistic performances, an outfit contest, a haunted porn booth and of course a big Halloween party.
It was a huge success for us as so many people came with amazing costumes and great enthusiasm for Halloween. In fact I took so many photos that I have to split the set into several posts starting today with a look behind the scenes and into our Haunted House that was created by set-designers Buchholz&Kraatz in the huge basement of our venue the Naherholung Sternchen. Inside was not only a creepy labyrinth but also performances of Israeli artists Gal Naor, Moran Sanderovich with sound scapes by Inon Peres, as well as choreographer Patrick Faurot. See for yourself after the jump.
photo: Bernhard Musil
Contemporary dance is a lot of things: beautiful, inspiring, energetic, traumatic and sometimes boring. But it is almost never funny. Unless you are watching a piece of Nir de Volff collective Total Brutal. The performances of the Israeli choreographer who started his Berlin career by making crazy pieces in Dock 11 at Kastanienallee never lost their black and outrageous humor. So maybe it is not a cliché after all that Jews have a good sense of humor. Anyway, his new pieces premiering this week at Sophiensaele does not only have some sexy dancers to show off, but also a very intense topic. Two cities – Berlin and Tel Aviv – struggling with financial issues and political troubles have a hard time to work on their future. Its young inhabitants dance their pain away instead of worrying about the problems. Inside a vibrant nightclub 5 dancers meet and talk about their fears of the future. Reminiscent of the Golden 20s the nightclub transforms into a cabaret of anxiety. Photos and dates 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.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.
photo: Katharina Lütscher
Imagine you could make a presentation of yourself through all the people you like and you wanted to work with. The Swiss author and theater director Sybille Berg, very famous for here cynical humor and sharp words for everybody and everything she hates and despises, will be presented exactly like this on Sunday at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Among others, such as author Helene Hegemann, blogger Fabian Kölmel, performer Kaye and musician Mary Orcher, she will have an appearance as part of a full day program of perfomances, readings and a final Gala night. Also, the mean queen of German cinema Katja Riemann will be part of it, which rises the hopes for some nice laughter and bitchy moments. Some brief details of the event after the jump.
photos: Thomas Aurin
Our favorite choreographer Constanza Macras strikes again at Schaubühne with a piece in collaboration with the kids of the Breakdance and Hiphop Academy Hamburg. Actually I am not sure if I will like the piece, since I think that doing political dance pieces with kids doing breakdance is a little too much 90s for my taste. But I am sure Constanza Macras and the musicians of the Dorky Park ensemble will give the right twist to Distortion to be an innovative piece. You have just a few chances to see it, so hurry up and get your tickets. The dates and details after the jump.
Dani Brown was one of the performers and (actually also the choreographer) from one of the dance pieces from the Gemisches Doppel festival at Sophiensaele a few weeks ago. She was also one of our lovely ice cream models for our GIF installation we did for the festival. This coming Monday the talented and charismatic lady will host a lapdance workshop together with sound artist Gael Cleinow as part of the Tanzland festival at the Ponderosa, an artist cooperative at a farm in Brandenburg. We think it’s an amazing opportunity to learn how to lapdance from such a great contemporary dancer, especially in the surroundings of an artist-run farm house. It’s certainly going to be a super unique experience. And your boy/girlfriend or your next date will certainly get one hell of a performance by you… Some more infos about it after the jump.
photo: Thomas Aurin
You all know, Frak and I are big admirers of Costanza Macras and her theater company Dorkypark. Also, I am big fan of theater and dance outside the setting of a stage. Outside Berlin, inside a dark teutonic forest called Müggelwald our Argentinean choreographer is doing a unique show for Schaubühne. The performance of Forest: The Nature of Crisis asks if during an era of crisis, there can be a return to nature and explores the associated desires and the significance of the regional in times of a global economic crisis. Macras will be working on cultural patterns attached to the forest and relates them to its myths, fairy tales and images. A piece of Berlin forest is turned into a contemporary artificial landscape where we will encounter environmentalists, forest campaigners, economists and freaks. I am really looking forward to it and I hope you do, too. More pictures and information after the jump.