Sunday, 19 November 2017

Theater Basel | Schwanensee (Swan Lake)

The Swan Lake, a ballet by Stijn Celis with music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky plays at the Theater Basel now as a very entertaining and humorous production.
The costumes are very powerful and remind us a bit of Alice in Wonderland, which creates a fascinating contrast to the more classical parts of the ballet where the dancers dance in tutu's.
For the first time there are not only female swans but also male ones, which we think is very beautiful.
This production of Swan Lake is refreshingly different to every other Swan Lake we have seen before, the dancers are brilliant and managed to transport us with a wink into another world full of swans, deception, freedom and love from the first minute.
The production is very colourful, entertaining and very captivating and we like the very fresh and lively way it is reinterpreted.

choreography: Stijn Celis
musical direction: Thomas Herzog, Nuno Coelho
stage: Jann Messerli
costume: Catherine Voeffray
light: Fred Pommerehn
video: Philipp Contag-Lada
dramatic composition: Armin Kerber, Bettina Fischer

dancers of the Ballet Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Basel

Annabelle Peintre as ODETTE/ODILE
Frank Fannar Pedersen as SIEGFRIED
Jorge García Pérez as ROTBART
Ayako Nakano as KÖNIGIN
Debora Maiques Marin as JESTER
Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Mirko Campigotto, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Piran Scott, Max Zachrisson as THE SIX MINISTERS
Tana Rosás Suñé, Lydia Caruso, Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Raquel Rey Ramos, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly as THE SIX MINISTERS
Camille Aublé, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi as THE FOUR PRINCESSES
Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Debora Maiques Marin, Gaia Mentoglio, Tana Rosás Suñé, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Mirko Campigotto, Florent Mollet, Max Ossenberg-Engels, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Ismael del Valle as THE SWANS

© pictures: Werner Tschan

Monday, 13 November 2017

Theater Basel | Esther. Eine Geschichte vom Bruderholz (Esther. A Story from Bruderholz

Esther. A Story from Bruderholz is a monologue by Katrin Hammerl based on the novel Der barmherzige Hügel (the merciful hill) by Lore Berger.
The author Lore Berger from Basel committed suicide at the age of only 21. Her first and only novel was her legacy, telling the story of a young woman, Esther, reflecting upon the society and life in Basel between 1938-1943.
The story is very touching and at the same time shocking, it allows us to participate in Esther's fears, sorrows and experiences in a thought provoking way.
Leonie Merlin Young, as the only actor in Esther. A Story from Bruderholz, is brilliant and captivated us from the first minute.

production: Katrin Hammerl
stage: Anne Wallucks
costume: Katrin Hammerl
video: Tabea Rothfuchs
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

Leonie Merlin Young as ESTHER

© picture: Kim Culetto

Friday, 10 November 2017

blickfang Zürich 2017

The blickfang Zurich 2017 was created according to the motto "everything new", at a new location (Stage One in Zurich Oerlikon) and with a completely new concept.
For the first time at the blickfang, there are concept stores that bring together different brands in one room, where they design not only their own stands but the complete room together.
Also there are no more walls between the different stands, one stand is right next to the other without any visible borders which opens up the hall a lot and creates a completely new experience for the visitor.
Beside the concept stores there are two special exhibitions, the Dutch Design with the most innovative and outstanding designs from the Netherlands and blickfang locals with amazing local designers.
From November 10-12 2017 more than 180 designers from all over the world surprise and amaze us with their products and their passion at the fantastic re-invented blickfang Zurich.
As every time when we visit the blickfang what we like most about it is the amount of fair trade, sustainable and conscious fashion and design we can find there, aswell as the possibilty to get in touch with most of the designers personally, which allows us to get to know everything we want about the brand at first hand.

Jungle Folk, concept store Conscious Living (Zurich, CH) 

Anna Saarine, concept store Collage (Zurich, CH)

ping & moos, Dutch Design (Elsloo, NL)

Jacoby (Basel, CH)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Theater Basel | Der Revisor: oder Das Sündenbuch (the government inspector or: the book of sin)

The government inspector is a commissioned play comedy by Lukas Linder after Nikolai Gogol.
The inhabitants of the little village in Switzerland are afraid, that strangers and refugees coming to their village might take over and they might lose everything they have worked for their entire lives.
For that reason, they decide to make any new arrivals believe that the community is in a disastrous state, that way they want to make them leave again as soon as possible.
When a visitor arrives, his day trip turns into a crazy trip with an end that could not have been foreseen.
The story is very amusing and the live singing sometimes creates an atmospheric background and is sometimes almost bizarre.
 The barely two hours pass by very quickly and the play is very entertaining, even though we find the ending a bit disturbing.

author: Lukas Linder
production: Cilli Drexel
stage: Christina Mrosek
costume: Janine Werthmann
music: Elia Rediger
light: Stefan Erny
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

Vincent Glander as NÖTHLI, THE STRANGER

chorus of complaints

©picture: Kim Culetto

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Theater Basel | La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata plays at the Theater Basel as a co-production between the Theater Basel and the English National Opera.
It is the story of Violetta Valéry, the high class prostitute suffering from tuberculosis who falls in love with one of her many admirers Alfredo. For him she decides to leave the glamorous and luxurious life in Paris behind and move to the countryside.
Their love is not meant to be peaceful for long, as his father arrives and asks her to leave him, for the sake of his and the families honour.
What makes the opera so captivating is how pompous it all starts, how the storyline takes us to a peaceful country idyll, back to the glamorous and obscene Paris and then in the end to her death bed.
The tragic story of Violetta is always something that touches us deeply and the music is absolutely beautiful. We have seen La Traviata before and we especially like this production, we find it absolutely wonderful, the costumes and the make-up are very elaborate, the stage is impressive and the singers are outstanding.
La Traviata is in Italian with German and English surtitles.

musical director: Titus Engel
direction: Daniel Kramer
choreography: Teresa Rotemberg
stage: Lizzie Clachan
costume: Esther Bialas
light: Charles Balfour
chorus master: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster

Corinne Winters / Kristina Mkhitaryan as VIOLETTA VALÉRY
Kristina Stanek as FLORA BERVOIX
Anastasia Bickel as ANNINA
Pavel Valuzhyn / Zach Borichevsky as ALFREDO GERMONT
Ivan Inverardi as GIORGIO GERMONT
Karl-Heinz Brandt as GASTONE
Andrew Murphy as DOTTORE GRENVIL
Matthew Swensen as GIUSEPPE
Vladimir Vassilev as COMMISSIONARIO

choir of the Theater Basel
Symphony Orchestra Theater Basel

© picture: Sandra Then

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Theater Basel | Das Ende von Eddy (The end of eddy)

The end of Eddy is a cross art-form project between theatre and ballet based on the autobiographical novel by Édouard Louis.
The end of Eddy tells the story of his childhood and youth in a village in Northern France.
He experiences on a daily basis what it means to be a homosexual teenager who does not conform to the archaic gender roles. His daily life is characterized by violence, aggression, suppression and mental and physical abuse.
The story is told by one actor and one dancer, who sometimes perform simultaneously and sometimes one after the other.
Both have their own little stage when the performance starts and they leave it during the show, meet each other and separate again.
The end of Eddy was incredibly touching and delicate, the targeted use of light created a very special atmosphere and the music was chosen perfectly.
It was very emotional and a thought-provoking and wonderful production.

production: Thiemo Strutzenberger
choreography: Javier Rodriguez Cobos
stage: Marion Andrea Menzinger
light: Thomas Kleinstück
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

actor: Vincent Glander
dancer: Javier Rodriguez Cobos

© picture: Kim Culetto