photo: Gabriel Zucca
After the Boris Charmatz perfomance last weekend another incredible dance highlight is waiting for you to be discovered this week. From the courtly idyll that sets the scene to the clean, spare vision of a perfect world, the Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter creates a frenetic abandon combined with the unbend power of moving chaos. With its powerful, virtuoso choreography, the production touches the dark sides not only of bygone colonial times, but also of our own. An expanded company of 14 dancers is accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack that includes original music by Shechter himself. The Foreign Affairs Festival brings us this master piece of modern dance, which should not be missed by dance enthusiast and theater lovers. After the jump you find the trailer, the dates and more pictures.
On a cloudy Saturday afternoon I took my new bike to the Sowjet Monument of Honor at Treptower Park. This time not for a normal bike trip though. The Foreign Affairs Festival is in town and celebrates the arts of music dance and theater bringing rare pearls of contemporary culture from all over the world to Berlin.
One chapter of the festival is contributed by Boris Charmatz and his Dancing Museum. This artistic association tries to document, preserve and work with art history in an unusual way. Questioning the potential of remembering the historic background, the dancers and the essentials of the choreography itself, Charmatz created a diverse parcours across 20th century dance history. The dances ranging from Meyerhold’s biomechanics, folk dance and Vogueing to contemporary dance where shown and explained by the dancers themselves. This way they became art pieces, curators and museum guides in one person. Impression from the dancers and some short thoughts after the jump.
photos: Thomas Aurin
There are some theater and dance companies that make me wish to have pursuit other career options. Since I am way too old to become a dancer I have to limit myself to watching their incredible perfomance and perhaps review them. One special company which is such a pain to watch because they are so incredibly good that you wish you could be on stage with them is the Costanza Macras ensemble Dorky Park. If you never heard of them and wish to experience my unbareable craving to be involved, they are playing again their great piece Megalopolis this weekend at Schaubühne. More photos, a trailer, a summary and details after the jump.
Lately the importance of Disney princesses in gender development was questioned quite a lot. Tumblrs with bearded princesess like Conchita Wurst made quite the fuzz on the internet. But beside that it seems clear like Cinderella’s crystal shoe to me and my peers that looking for the perfect fairy tale prince is not a strategy for happy relationship and self-fullfilment at all. So why not change the fairy tales to make them more up-to-date? What if the little mermaid is not a little fishy lady but the Mean Bitch from the Sea?
In a mixture of performance, pop-concert and object theater Koikate examines images of fish, women and the scaly abyss of societal gender, body and identity models at Sophiensaele. What expectations have established themselves in our minds, and which ones have registered themselves in our bodies? And just how sexy can a fish tail be when something crucial is missing down there? We are giving away 2×2 tickets for this performance concert on Saturday. How to win and more infos after the jump.
Did you ever wish you had studied something else? Worked less? Had more holidays? Married somebody else? Or even just did some art or yoga classes instead of being lazy all through your free time? All these regrets belong to the past. Because with the innovative theater and performance concept Game of Life by the collective Prinzip Gonzo you have the unique chance to reboot your life and start from the beginning.
Inside an abandoned warehouse building in Schöneweide stage design genius Thea Hoffmann-Axthelm created a parallel world without boundaries. More then 25 performers will guide through and play with you this challenging three-dimensional game where you can actually win or lose. You can decide if you rather like to drink free martinis all night long or prefer to collect money and karma to be one of the best.
The play is only running from May 16-24 and is also suitable for a non-German speaking audience. Don’t hesitate and reserve a seat to this adventure you will never forget. More photos and the dates and times after the jump.
photos: Florian Braun
Retrospectives are usually more of a common thing for older, established artists and do not fit the usual style of the fast changing league of Berlin’s avant-garde. But it seems that looking back has become the new fast forward in this town. In the case of the dancing duo Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot we really don’t mind to see a retrospective of all their work they have done so far at the HAU Theater. Gradinger has also created the little fluffy Pictoplasma monsters we love so much and gathered some international reputation working with Costanza Macras in the past. I prefer there earlier pieces like Is Maybe to the latest, but make up your mind for yourself. Check out the Facebook event for all the details. More hot dancing pictures after the jump.
As we already announced here we were really looking forward to see the theater piece MEAT by Thomas Bo Nilsson as part of the F.I.N.D. Festival at Schaubühne. Before doing his own thing the Swedish stage designer, performer and director was part of the Signa group from Denmark. If you ever experienced a piece from this group before you will recognize the unique touch of analog reality in this new piece. Go after the jump for a little review and some impressions of the piece.
photos: Matt Lambert
“Don’t talk to strangers!” said the mother to the little Red Riding Hood. I wonder if nowadays the fairy tale mother would say: Don’t go home with some anonymous Tinder, Grindr or whatever other app date. Social networks have an increasing influence on our sexual behavior. Straight and gay people are chatting, flirting and hooking up more through their smart phones than through live interactions. But what if the stranger connected to you through your phone isn’t just a simple lonely dude but a psycho killer whos intentions are to harm you, kill you and then eat part of your body? What sounds like a plot of a semi-interesting thriller was actual a real live scenario not so long ago.
The 29-year old porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta from Canada is accused of killing, dismembering and eating a Chinese student and uploading the evidence to the internet. He was picked up by Berlin police in the Summer of 2012 at an internet café in Neukölln, center of gay hipsteria. The gay scene was shocked that among them was a predator able to kill. Luka even went dancing the weekend before getting caught at Cocktail d’Amore a party we often recommend here on the blog.
For the upcoming theater festival for new theater F.I.N.D. at the Schaubühne Berlin an extraordinary installation based on the alleged killer will have its premiere. Swedish but Berlin-based director Thomas Bo Nilsson and his team created a large scale installation in the Schaubühne Studio that will be running for 240 hours non-stop day and night. The installation is inhabited by 60 performers, acting in a fragmented universe of both living and commercial spaces. The audience can visit MEAT at any time during the performance. You can buy a ticket for a 4 hour slot where you can come and go as you like. Parts of the installation will be streamed online. We are avidly looking forward to see this incredible pieces as it reminds us of others beloved theater experiences as Club Inferno for instance. More details and a very dark and scary trailer produced by local director Matt Lambert after the jump. Also stay tuned for a detailed review after our visit at the installation .
On Fire is the current program of performances at Dorkyparks’s Studio44 curated by Constanza Macras and Tamara Saphir. They have invited performers from South Africa on the topic of gender and tradition. If you have a look in the gallery of the performances that have already been shown you will see it’s a very diverse and colorful program.
Today we would like to recommend you the two pieces that will be shown tonight and tomorrow starting at 19:30 and 21h. The first one is a dance duett titled Mandioca by Dorkypark’s amazing Ronnie Maciel and South African dancer Lucky Kele. Right after you will see the piece Wena Mamela with and from South African choreographer Mamela Nyamza. A few more details and photos 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.