These Contemporary Dancers from Berlin Perform in Isolation

These Contemporary Dancers from Berlin Perform in Isolation

photo: Sasha Waltz & Guests. 

It’s been just two weeks since we showed you the cute video of the Staatsballett Berlin dancing from their home. You guys really loved this video, so we thought we could give you a bit of an encore today. In the past couple of weeks, the ballet dancers were not the only once who kept dancing while all shows are canceled and theaters closed. In fact, a lot of contemporary dancers also used the offtime to record some small performances and improvisations.

It’s been quite the adjustment for all of us to suddenly experience things only through our computer stream. It feels like a restriction at first, but as with any new circumstance, people will get used to it and adapt and find new ways to express themselves. Especially for those of us who are used to working in teams, such as dancers who perform with an ensemble, suddenly finding themselves without their teammates might be a challenge. But again, a new experience doesn’t have to be a bad one.

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Trikestra 360° – A Virtual Concert with 3 Berlin Orchestras

Trikestra 360° – A Virtual Concert with 3 Berlin Orchestras

Last night, three Berlin-based orchestras had planned to perform a concert at Vollgutlager in Neukölln playing the music of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th symphony. For reasons we are all well aware of, this could not happen, sadly. But the creative force of 70 musicians from the junge norddeutsche philharmonie, the STEGREIF.Orchester, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin can’t be stopped so easily.

They got together with 3D artist and iHeartBerlin friend Lucas Gutierrez who created a stunning virtual sound performance that sees a cluster of recordings from the 70 musicians playing their parts embedded in a futuristic world that the camera zooms into. Using 360° video technology the viewer can pan around the world freely, exploring the details and viewing the individual musicians while enjoying the concert. It’s pretty cutting-edge and probably the most impressive “digital version” of a live event of this new contact-less era. We hope to see more things like that soon!

And now let’s lean back and enjoy the music of Beethoven!

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5 Amazing Short Films Exploring The Complexity of Sexuality

5 Amazing Short Films Exploring The Complexity of Sexuality

It’s Sunday, we got nothing much to do, we’ve been stuck at home for weeks, we’re bored, and to be honest, we’re kinda horny. So we thought it might be about time to give you something juicy to occupy your mind (and potentially other parts). We haven’t had a lot of kinky blog posts in a while, and you know we’re quite sex-positive here at iHeartBerlin, so we wanna offer you a bit of entertainment here, and possibly on the following Sundays. The “Short Sunday” used to be a category on iHeartBerlin many many years ago where we presented short films and video clips we found extra cute, so now might be a good time to get back to this tradition.

We wanna start something with a little bit more depth, we thought. A friend of ours sent us a relatively new short film about the obsession of a certain type of masculinity. The film is not really related to Berlin, but it’s an interesting watch nonetheless. We did a bit of research and found four more short films (some of which are actually related to Berlin) that all deal with the topic of complex sexuality in different ways and we thought this would make a great little short film program. To our delight, these five films even cover a wide spectrum of sexual orientations, from straight to gay, lesbian and bi. Hurrah! So without further ado, we let you dive right into it:

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The Dancers from the Staatsballett Berlin Dancing From Home

The Dancers from the Staatsballett Berlin Dancing From Home

As you probably know we’re big fans of the Staatsballett Berlin here at iHeartBerlin. So naturally, this new video really warmed our hearts when we first saw it: Initiated and edited by Principal Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick, 45 of the dancers recorded themself at their homes or wherever they spent their quarantine giving a little performance that seamlessly blends over from one dancer to the next as if they all danced together in unison. The result is a cute little collage of all the dancers that give us some positive vibes and smiles in these strange times. Thank you guys for that, we can’t wait to see you back on stage, hopefully soon!

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BVG to Apply for UNESCO’s World Heritage List

BVG to Apply for UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The BVG has had some memorable advertising campaigns, but it feels like they set an entirely new precedent with their most recent video. In it, the city’s public transport company announces that they’re applying for a spot on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. How do they motivate this rather ambitious claim? Read on to understand a bit more about the campaign that will most likely surround you in some shape or form for the upcoming months… unless you get everywhere by bike.

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Berlin Moves: A Video Portrait of a Dynamic City

Berlin Moves: A Video Portrait of a Dynamic City

You might remember the works of Alex Soloviev from previous features on iHeartBerlin, including his video titled ”Everyday Berlin” and another one called ”Berlin – the inner layer”. This time, the filmmaker and traveler featured Berlin in a short film that’s a part of a project offering breathtaking insights into cities across the globe.

After including places such as Florence, Stockholm, and Moscow in his recent project, Alex Soloviev has posted a short film with the title ”BERLIN moves”. Indeed, the title is a bit self-explanatory – the video takes you on a dynamic journey across the city. From strolling pedestrians to various modes of transportation, the new film captures Berlin’s diversity in constant motion. You’ll probably recognize plenty of familiar corners and classic Hauptstadt settings. The masterful shifting of perspective will give you the impression of truly observing the metropolis and its inhabitants.

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Victor Ash’s Cosmonaut in Kreuzberg Comes to Life

Victor Ash’s Cosmonaut in Kreuzberg Comes to Life

We already have you a bit of a preview of the new street art murals that were added to Berlin’s landscape thanks to the Berlin Mural Fest 2019. One piece that really stands out is actually an old classic – but revisited.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the big cosmonaut by Victor Ash that you can see from Skalitzer Straße corner of Mariannenstraße. It’s probably one of the most known pieces of street art in Berlin and has become really a symbol of the district and the city. The idea to create a video mapping to bring the spaceman to life is really ingenious – but wait until you see the final result. Read on…

These Berlin Musicians Delivered the Best New Music Videos of the Summer

These Berlin Musicians Delivered the Best New Music Videos of the Summer

photo: Ísabel Hayn. 

The music scene of Berlin is as hot as the summer right now. Over the last warm couple of weeks, they kept delivering one lush track after the other and we are here for it! It’s exciting to see the scene progressing and to raise the bar higher and higher.

Despite Berlin’s reputation as the number one hub for electronic music, our selection of this new music feature revolves mostly around pop and indie rock music. Which is great as it shows how diverse the city truly is offering space for any kind of genre.

Brace yourselves for stand-out debuts of Lie Ning, colorful pop collages of Free Free Dom Dom and sultry soundscapes of Magic Island in our new Berlin Music Video compilation.

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These Artists Capture Kreuzberg’s Gentrification in a Chilling Video

These Artists Capture Kreuzberg’s Gentrification in a Chilling Video

Gentrification in Berlin is a subject that we are all to a degree affected by but many remain helpless in the face of it. The new visualization by the artist collective oddviz around Serkan Kaptan, Cagri Taskin and Erdal Inci deals with the subject of gentrification in Kreuzberg – in a seemingly simple, yet truly moving way.

Kreuzberg has long remained a stronghold of alternative lifestyles and social diversity, yet the recent developments make one wonder how long will it still resemble the free-spirited, laid-back hood many of us have fallen in love with.

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Deep Web – An Immersive Experience at Kraftwerk

Deep Web – An Immersive Experience at Kraftwerk

photo: Ralph Larmann. 

In February 2016 the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin showed a laser and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke called Deep Web as part of the CTM Festival. It is a moving, luminous architectural structure that weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10-meter high sculpture of light and sound. It was a really immersive experience to see it.

This summer the show is back at Kraftwerk from July 12 until August 23, 2019, with special live performances on July 25 and 26, as well as August 8 and 9 that you shouldn’t miss. We have a little video from the first round to give you an impression.

 

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