Friday, 24 March 2017

Theater Basel | Die Unverheiratete (the unmarried)

After Edward II. I am Love the unmarried is the second play by Ewald Palmetshofer at the Theater Basel and just like Edward II we liked the unmarried a lot and found it very impressive and thought provoking.
The way the actors speak, the language, the targeted use of light and music make the strong story even more powerful and the play was captivating from the first minute.
The stage is closed in by walls on both sides and in the back and through the rotating platform in the middle, sometimes there is a glass or even a wall facing the audience.
The story is about a 30 year old woman who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for denouncing a young soldier as a deserter who was then sentenced to death.
The play switches between the past (the trial of the 30 year old woman) and the present, where the same woman has gotten old and her daughter and granddaughter are taking care of her.
Throughout the play we also get an insight into the lives of the daughter and the granddaughter, and how their lives where affected by their mothers/grandmothers past.
There are only female actors in the play and all the male parts are only narrated in the third person.
The topic of how the past influences the presence and how guilt is carried forward to the children and grandchildren is something that is always current and a very difficult question that remains unanswered during the play and leaves it to everyone in the audience to decide for himself.

production: Felicitas Brucker
stage: Viva Schudt
costume: Esther Bialas
music: Patric Catani
video: Jonas Alsleben
light: Cornelius Hunziker
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

Pia Händler as THE YOUNG
Katja Jung as THE MIDDLE
Marlen Diekhoff as THE OLD
Carina Braunschmidt as SISTER #1
Cathrin Störmer as SISTER #2
Barbara Horvath as SISTER #3
Franziska Hackl as SISTER #4

© pictures: Simon Hallström

Monday, 13 March 2017

Dr. Hauschka | Clarifying steam bath

We like to steam the face at least once a week and the Dr. Hauschka clarifying steam bath is a fantastic product to add to the water. We add two tablespoons to the hot water (about 1/2 litre) and then steam the face for around 10 minutes. After using it the skin feels deeply cleansed and very fresh. As the steam bath opens the pores, we feel like with the heat and the natural ingredients all of the toxins and impurities are sweated out and removed from the skin.
All of the ingredients are 100% natural and amongst others it contains witch hazel and daisy, that support the skin's self cleansing processes.
The skin feels purified and revitalized and has a beautiful glow and after the facial steam the skin is perfectly prepared for a facial mask with natural ingredients.
The clarifying steam bath is suitable for all skin types and especially good for blemished skin and against blackheads.
We really like the home-spa-feeling this product gives us and we always use it when we have the time to use a facial mask afterwards, to give our skin a complete treatment.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Theater Basel | Willhelm Tell

Willhelm Tell is a co-production between the Theater Basel and the Schauspiel Köln, directed by Stefan Bachmann. We all know the story of Willhelm Tell, but we have never seen it staged like in this production.
The text is very close to Schiller's original but the way it is performed is completely different and very modern.
The whole play is spoken simultaneously to different beats, which creates a captivating flow that made it hard for us to sit still.
The stage never changes throughout the play, it is a wooden construction with one vertical and one horizontal passage where the action takes place.
A play about independence, freedom and justice, about moral courage, cohesion and strong characters.
Stefan Bachmanns Willhelm Tell is a fantastic production with brilliant actors and an amazing concept we liked very much.


production: Stefan Bachmann
stage: Olaf Altmann
costume: Jana Findeklee, Joki Tewes
bodywork: Sabina Perry
composition: Balthasar Streiff, Singoh Nketia
light: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Barbara Sommer

Thiemo Strutzenberger as HERMANN GESSLER, REICHSVOGT IN SCHWYZ AND URI
Nicola Mastroberardino as WERNER, BARON FROM ATTINGHAUSEN and BERTA FROM BRUNECK, RICH HEIRESS
Simon Kirsch as ULRICH FROM RUDENZ, HIS NEPHEW
Robert Dölle as WERNER STAUFFACHER
Wolfgang Pregler as WALTHER FÜRST and GERTRUD, STAUFFACHERS WIFE
Bruno Cathomas as WILLHELM TELL
Thomas Reisinger as RÖSSELMANN, THE PASTOR and KONRAD BAUMGARTEN
Max Rothbart as ARNOLD VOM MELCHTAL and ARMGARD, A FARMER
Justus Maier as STRUTH VON WINKELRIED and HEDWIG, TELLS WIFE
Ilario Raschér as WALTER, TELLS SON
Benedikt Ocker as SLATER

DJ: Singoh Nketia alias DJ Flink

© pictures: Simon Hallström

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Theater Basel | Mittagswende. Die Stunde der Spurlosen (the break of noon)

The break of noon at the Theater Basel is a commissioned play by Anja Hilling after Paul Claudel.
Directed by Julia Hölscher, the break of noon is a play about restlessness and constant self-questioning. Through three acts taking place in three different extreme situations (the first act on a ship to China, the second act in a cemetery in Hong Kong and the third act in a barricaded colonial house in the south of China), the four protagonists try to find their places in the world and define the relationships between each other.
All these situations have something extreme and ultimate you can not escape from, which makes the play very captivating and tense, the dialogues between the four characters are partly provocative, partly questioning but always very straightforward and powerful.
The play also addresses timeless elementary conflicts like the choice between career and family, exploring or settling down.
The stage setting changes with every act and the light creates different atmospheres matching the different situations, sometimes narrowing, sometimes creating a feeling of endlessness on stage.
We found the play thought provoking and the staging very artful.


production: Julia Hölscher
stage: Paul Zoller
costume: Janina Brinkmann
music: Martin Gantenbein
light: Roland Heid, Stefan Erny
dramatic composition: Stefanie Hackl

Nicola Kirsch as YSÉ
Nicola Fritzen as DE CIZ
Florian von Manteuffel as ALMARIC
Mario Fuchs as MESA

© pictures: Sandra Then