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.
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.
The big Berlin festival of avant-garde dance – Tanztage at the Sophiensaele – is over, but still there are some really nice dance highlights in the upcoming weeks that I would like to recommend. When I saw him perform for Dorky Park for the first time I became a huge fan of Jared Gradinger. He is also responsible for the crazy perfomances of the pictoplasma monsters that Frank loves so much. And generally speaking I think the whole editorial team of iHeart thinks that he is kind of cute. So I am quiet excited that he and his dance partner Angela Schubort are doing a double feature titled Les petites mortes . They are premiering this Wednesday with I hope you die soon at HAU and on the 7th of February in the Sophiensaele with All my holes are theirs.
In their new two-part project Les petites mortes Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger focus on the theme of death and dying. In the first part I hope you die soon, they explore the possibility of dying together, giving a new dimension to their characteristic ‘dissolving the I’ in their very physical choreographic works. The trio All my holes are theirs, together with Aleesa Cohene, extends their investigation: in a radical act of surrender, the two performers attempt to disappear ‘into’ a third.
Check out the dates and details of these two dance pieces after the jump.
Mark your calendars, kids, on January 24th 2013 Berlin will get a new playground for experimental and excentric ideas and events. The Aktionsforum Shift will officially open its doors at the Kraftwerk Mitte, the same building that is also home to the Tresor Club and the big event space where the Show And Order fashion trade show takes place during Berlin Fashion Week. Shift will not just be another random club, it will be a space for performances and theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and much more. The preview event of the space during NYE already presented a very eclectic event with a live performance by Aerea Negrot (former vocalist of Hercules & Love Affair) and an experimental video installation which you can see part of after the jump. Stay tuned to our event guide for everything going on at Shift!
The week there are three events happening on the weekend that we are involved in: On Friday our movie girl Lia celebrates the opening party of her Kreuzberg Kalender project, on Saturday I will be a guest speaker at the Networking Brunch of Artconnect Berlin and on Sunday VisitSweden will release a book about Stockholm and Gothenburg where Claudio contributed some photos and texts. There are also some exciting fashion events going on during the week. Check out the events after the jump.
After the sad and emotional goodbye party for the last HAU art director Matthias Lilienthal, I was a little sceptical how the re-opening weekend with a whole new artistic team would be. I have to say, I was not disappointed. The new girl on the block Annemie Vanackere played it save and brought a very emotional piece by Jerome Bel with handicapped actors on stage. Also, the program was lightened up by little charming perfomances from Miet Warlop happening all over the three HAU theaters. See some impressions from the night and a little review of the two pieces I saw after the jump.