This week is hardcore in many ways. A documentary festival movie (that’s hardcore if you prefer romcoms), a modern dance piece (that’s hardcore if you prefer going to the movies), a fashion fatwalk (no beauties and no skinny models here!), and a cabaret of art and hardcore fetish (that is hardcore probably for everyone…). The hardcore events (and some softcore as well) after the jump.
Anyone who has seen the movie The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean by Giuseppe Tornatore knows that a concert piano can be a gorgeous dance partner. Although the contemporary dance Chaconne will not have a moving piano on stage, we are thrilled to see the dancing interaction in between the charming dancer Yui Kawaguchi and the great jazz pianist Aki Takase. All the information you need and a funny little clip after the jump.
In Berlin the reality of an artist probably looks pretty much like this: A job as a waiter, a shared apartment with 5 people in Neukölln, a shabby little studio and working materials collected from fleamarkets, backyards and the trash. Not exactly the most inspiring circumstances I would think.
Now imagine this: A spacious white work space on top of Berlin, being surrounded by artists and experts from all kinds of professions, ressources and materials that you desire for your vision. It’s a dream come true for an artist. Only it’s not a dream. This is MADE. A brand new work space for artists in the center of Berlin at Alexander Platz.
Rewind four weeks: I had already heard a lot about this new mysterious place called MADE that was located a few stories below the Weekend Club at Alexander Platz. I just didn’t understand what it was. So, obviously I took the kind invitation of the makers of MADE to find out myself. More after the jump.
photo: Sandro Zanzinger
While others dance the way they feel I will again not be able to participate to one of my favourite Contemporary Dance- festivals for holiday reasons. But I hope that some of you guys might take the chance to visit one of the several performances, workshops and lectures that the Tanz im August Festival offers. So stretch yourself and make your stiff body ready for some ballet action and I will think of you while sitting in the sun. I promise. A trailer of the festival with some nice Berlin impressions after the jump.
photos: Kittiwat Sitti
What happens if you put some sexy Israelis in a rehearsel room with five Thai dancers. Some of them even being Ladyboys? Well, to me it sounds like an interesting gender-experiment! I hope that my expectations aren’t too high on the piece On Air from Nir de Volff this Friday. But since I liked most of Nir de Volffs choreographies I am sure that it will be a blast. Check it out for yourself if you’re interested in a crazy dance/theater performance with some eyecandys on the pie. Dates and more impressions after the jump.
photo: Karel Zwaneveld
Dancing is about creating a space within and outside your body. With the perfect control of the movements and contractions you become enabled to create a world of textures, dimension and interaction with yourself and the others. The different perspective on the dimensions on space, time, light and eternity are the topics of the dance piece Flatland of the Dansgroep Amsterdam who are visiting Berlin on Sunday. More information after the jump.
I am happy to announce the premiere of one of my favourite modern dancers and choreographers. This Friday Jule Fierl and Sanja Tropp Frühwald will perform their dance-piece called Bones- a hommage to two grannies. In this artistic collaboration the two dancers create a surreal world inspired by Rene Magritte, a fragmented world that poses questions about the family , stereotypes of youth and aging and the construction of identity! More infos about the story and the dates 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 their new piece Megalopolis this weekend at Schaubühne. More pictures, a trailer, a summary and details after the jump.
When I interviewed Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife at Berghain back early last year she already told me about the Electronic Opera project about Charles Darwin’s evolution theory that they had been working on with the performance group Hotel Pro Forma. Sadly I missed it when it was finally performed in Dresden in the fall. A week ago it was on stage again in Stockholm and a few friends and I took the chance and booked a flight to see it.
I am not an expert on Operas and on modern dance. And to be honest I’m not a big fan of either of them. But this production was really amazing for me. The combination of the dark electronic tunes of The Knife that strongly remind me of Fever Ray with high pitched Opera singing really goes under your skin.
For those who did not get a chance to see the Opera Tomorrow, In A Year they released a studio version of it that I can warmly recommend. It is a collaboration of The Knife, Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. It is available only at theknife.net and will be in stores early March. After the jump you can see a trailer of the Opera and prelisten to the album.
Oh and btw: Rumor has it, that The Knife’s Olof Dreijer is working on a new electronic Opera that will premier at Berghain very soon.
photos by 1v0
This weekend I left this glorious city to visit my gran in the countryside who celebrated her 75th birthday. And while I was sitting in a circle of elderly folks sipping filtered coffee and eating cake Berlin was attacked by a group of blood thirsty zombies. And I missed all the fun… This little zombie get together was to celebrate the birthday of the late Michael Jackson and it culminated in a Thriller performance in front of the Brandenburger Tor. More of this freaky flashmob after the jump.