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.
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.
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.
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.
photo: Dario Jacopo Lagana
For great contemporary dance you do not only need amazing performers but also a good space. Luckily our favourite independent theater Sophiensaele has probably one of the most central and beautiful dance stages in town. In terms of dancers you can be sure that inhouse curators like Peter Pleyer (whom we already interviewed before) know where to find the craziest and most talented characters the international dance scene has to offer.
These are just some of the reasons I am excited about the current Tanztage Berlin Festival that present a diverse program full of surprises from January 4-14, 2013. The focus of this year’s edition are the “wild children” of dance in town, meaning the dancers and choreographers that don’t have a typical university degree in dance or choreography but are coming from another context which obviously influences their work. I think this already shows how open-minded the Sophiensaele work. The whole festival is suited also for a Non-German speaking audience. Some recommendations after the jump.
I’m actually not really the type who would reminisce about the past. But when I look back at the year 2013 I have to admit that this year was in many ways special for me. Special because of the things I did and that happened around me, but also because of some personal realizations about myself and my life that ultimately make me a very happy guy. As you guys are somehow part of this life I would like to share these special moments along with some highlights of the blog in 2013…
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.