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.
These photos are quite unusual in two ways. First of all, when do you ever see proper photos from the inside of legendary Berghain? Right, almost never, as it’s strictly forbidden to take pictures there. And secondly, what’s with the petting zoo? Is this what’s going on there in the days between Tuesday and Thursday when the club is not open?
What it actually is are some stills from the short film After Hours by Steffen Köhn and Phillip Kaminiak that you can currently see as part of the exhibition Kultur:Stadt hosted by the Akademie der Künste until the end of May. It was the first time that the owners of Berghain let someone film in their precious club, but I guess no-one would have said no to host a film shooting with cute animals. Enjoy some more photo stills and the details of the exhibition after the jump.
photos: Ulf Saupe
While the Panorama Bar always had a quite glorious club decoration in the form of a permanent exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans, the Berghain area in the middle floor always had to live without any art. Just about two weeks ago this finally changed when the Berghain revealed a new permanent exhibition by Australian-Maori artist Joseph Marr in the bar area to the left side of the club. Under the glass of the bar counter you will now find a 9 meter long sculpture made of sugar. The glowing amber piece depicts a chain of bodies intertwinded with each other in sexual poses giving the title Together a lot of sense. Get a preview of the amazing artwork after the jump and check it out live on your next Berghain Sunday.
artwork: Jose Romussi
The temperatures are dropping, the snow is getting thicker and the events going on in Berlin are getting fewer. Still, there is quite a few nice things going on in the city. Kreuzberg Kalender is having 2 smaller events this week, the Salon Mindpirates is having his final week and then there is a series of Christmas-themed events toward the weekend. Enjoy the week in the snow! The events after the jump.
It’s Halloween this week and everybody is talking about what costume they will be wearing. Shame it’s right in the middle of the week, so a few parties have actually moved to the weekend. But still there is loads of scary stuff going on this Wednesday! This and other events after the jump.
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This week you can turn your nails into art with Fingerbang, celebrate the goodbye of Neukölln perl Locht43 and have a delicious brunch with Artconnet Berlin. This and so much more after the jump.
With the Berlin Music Week going on this week the schedule is brimming with amazing events and concerts. Of course the Berlin Festival is one of the highlights of the week-end and we are looking forward to it because we are involved in it this year. It’s still a surprise but we will reveal it in a couple of days. Exciting!!! Find out what else is going on this week in our weekly event guide after the jump.
Even all the mainstream media are talking about it at the moment: The Berghain has announced to close down for good should the new price model of the GEMA be realized. So what is this all about? The GEMA is the German society for copyright holders (composers, lyricists, and music publishers). Normally, that should not be a bad thing. But somehow the GEMA became one of Germany’s most hated organizations. They are the one who are responsible for banning numerous music videos from YouTube. And now they are going for the clubs.
The reason why: In the past, the GEMA mainly received their money from record sales. Now, as these revenues are shrinking, they are looking for new sources of income. So they are trying to squeeze the clubs. The GEMA is in fact a monopolist, an intransparent bureaucratic monster run by 60 year-olds that do not have any clue about club culture. Should the new price model be realized, it will certainly be the end of many clubs in Berlin, not only of the Berghain. So what can you do about it? The Dehoga (the German hotel and caterer association) set up a petition that has already been signed by more than 230.000 people. If you have not done yet – here is the link.
Win tickets for a roof top concert tonight!! Be quick by writing a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org! Kater Holzig empty as it can be, Berghain ok, About Blank, trying hard. Club dying? No, the simple reason is the Fusion Festival. They’re all there. Fusion my ass? Ok, than we got some really nice parties for you after the jump:
Imagine to meet Die Antwoord in the dark catacombs of Berghain. I think that could really scare me. But perhaps with hundreds of people dancing and partying around me I can survive this experience. So I am really looking forward to their concert at Berghain on the June 19 which sadly is already sold out. Until then I will enjoy their amazing new video Baby’s On Fire. Have a look after the jump.