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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Annemarie Börlind | LL regeneration system vitality revitalizing blossom dew gel

The Annemarie Börlind LL regeneration revitalizing blossom dew gel is a face gel that strengthens, regenerates and revitalizes the skin. It was created for skin in need of regeneration, provides the skin with intensive moisture, accelerates the skin's own cell renewal and protects against free radicals.
The scent is very floral and we find it almost a bit oriental, but the smell is not noticeable for very long. A little goes a long way, one pump is enough for the whole face, neck and décolleté.
It contains echinacea, a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial ingredient with a regenerative effect. The gel feels pleasant and fresh on the skin and we feel like it immediately provides the skin with moisture and nourishes it deeply. The gel spreads easy on the skin and it soaks into the skin very quickly.
We feel like our skin gets strengthened from the inside, it feels revitalized and it relieves possible feelings of tightness immediately and makes the skin feel firm and smooth and look radiant.
The gel can be used before you apply your usual day or night cream, but we also like to use only the gel sometimes without adding any extra care.
The Annemarie Börlind LL regeneration revitalizing blossom dew gel is vegan. 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Theater Basel | Die Blume von Hawaii (the flower of Hawaii)

The flower of Hawaii, an operetta by Paul Abraham, plays at the Theater Basel now.
Inspired by the fate of the last queen of Hawaii, who was deposed by the Americans and immortalized in musical history as the composer of "Aloha 'Oe", Paul Abraham and his librettists created an incredibly entertaining operetta in spite of the background of the story being a  political conflict. Hawaiian Nationalists bring Princess Laya back from Paris to marry Prince Lilo Taro in order to liberate the country from the American occupying. At the same time the American Governor brings his niece to Hawaii and plans to marry her to Prince Lilo Taro aswell.
This sets in motion a champagne-fuelled love carousel involving not only the Princess, the Prince and the niece, but an officer, the governors secretary, an entertainer and a young Hawaiian girl.
The stage is set up like the abandoned entree of the palace in Hawaii and the costumes are very colourful and versatile.
The flower of Hawaii at the Theater Basel is a show full of colour, love, wonderful music and singing and emotions, the story is told in a loud and impressive, captivating and entertaining, sometimes even a bit ironic way and we liked it a lot.

musical direction: Jürg Henneberger
production: Frank Hilbrich
musical assistant, choir direction, assistant conductor: Oliver Rudin
stage: Volker Thiele
costume: Gabriele Rupprecht
choreography: Kinsun Chan
light: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Almut Wagner

Florian Jahr as PRINZ LILO-TARO
Leonie Merlin Young as RAKA, A YOUNG HAWAIIAN
Jürg Henneberger / Oliver Rudin as PERROQUET

vocal ensemble:
Alejandro Benavides Urena, Tarik Benchekmoumou, Adrian Borter, Diana Chavarro, Thomas Hardegger, Sylvia «Sylphe» Heckendorn, Sebastian Knüsli, Francisca Näf, Alexandra Mira Puertas, Daniel Raaflaub, Julia Schild, Anne Maria Raaflaub, Donovan Elliot Smith, Aya Tsujimoto, Tianyou Wang, Angelika Wied

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

percussionist: Camille Emaille

©picture: Priska Ketterer

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Theater Basel | Shechter / Arias

Shechter / Arias is a dance evening with pieces by Hofesh Shechter and Bryan Arias.

"The Fools" by the Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter is a dance piece that is very powerful and very versatile, it switches within seconds between strong, almost aggressive and loud music and movements to calm, even a bit melancholical piano sounds which is very captivating and pulls you from one part of the choreography to the next.
Hofesh Shechter composes and arranges all the music for his productions by himself.
The fools is very energetic and poetic and you never know who in the piece are the once being fooled and who are the ones fooling the others, but the feeling of being fooled and the individual's reaction towards that feeling remains constantly present during the choreography.
"The fools" premiered in 2008 in Bern and was reworked in New York in 2010.

set and costumes: Hofesh Shechter 
lighting designer: Jim French Hofesh Shechter
production: Chieng-Ming Chang, Bruno Guillore
music: Hofesh Shechter, Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, Sergio Mendes 

dancers: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Debora Maiques Marin, Annabelle Peintre, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosás Suñé, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Mirko Campigotto, Jorge García Pérez, Julian Juarez Castan, Florent Mollet, Max Ossenberg-Engels, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Anthony Ramiandrisoa 

"This is everything" by the American choreographer Bryan Arias is completely different to the first choreography of the evening, it radiates a fascinating peace and is very intimate.
The dancers seem to be deeply attached towards each other and this intimacy is transmitted to the audience as well.
This is everything show us exactly these things that individuals have in common, the common experiences like love, doubt and fear.
It touched us deeply and we felt delighted and thoughtful at the same time after seeing is.
"This is everything" is a world premiere.

choreographer: Bryan Arias
lighting designer: Jordan Tuinman 
costume designer: Carlijn Petermeijer
music: A Setting Sun NSDOS Nils Frahm Camilla Hannan 

dancers: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Annabelle Peintre, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Armando Braswell, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Julian Juarez Castan, Max Zachrisson 

© pictures: Werner Tschan

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Theater Basel | Die schwarze Spinne (the black spider)

The black spider is a novel by the Swiss author Jeremias Gotthelf from 1841. 
A little village in the Emmental in Switzerland is threatened by an order of knights under Hans von Stoffeln, that demands an impossible amount of labour from the farmers. In their misery they end up making a pact with the devil. He will have all the labour done for them, all he asks in return is one unchristened child.
After the work is done, the villagers think they can fool the devil by baptizing every newborn immediately after the birth, but it does not take long until the devil takes his revenge on them.
The villagers are not only xenophobic but also misogynist and even though no one really spoke up against the pact when they were in need, afterwards when it comes to paying the price everyone blames the others for the misery and no one wants to take responsibility.
It is is a very powerful and confronting play.
The newborns are represented by plaited butter buns and they are baptized by water from a plastic bottle being sprayed over them.
On stage there is a diagonally tilted round platform and the play takes place on and around it.
The threatening spiders are represented only by the hands of the characters, scuttling and knocking over the wooden platform and each others bodies.
The whole play is spoken in the third person, the narrative voice from the book is spoken word by word by the actors.
The play was very captivating and the actors very strong and the sounds by the percussionist on stage  created a very tense and sometimes even threatening atmosphere.

production: Tilmann Köhler
stage: Karoly Risz
costume: Susanne Uhl
light: Roland Heid
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

Myriam Schroeder as MIDWIFE / CHRISTINE
Urs Peter Halter as BENZ / HANS
Cathrin Störmer as GODMOTHER / WIFE

percussionist: Camille Emaille

©picture: Priska Ketterer

Loop Tanz II

Loop Dance II is a dance project by the three choreographers Debora Maiques Marin, Sol Bilbao Lucuix and Javier Rodriguez Cobos with one central topic - relationships. All three choreographers have their own way to approach the topic and each choreography was unique and very different to the others.

Rumours of dust by Debora Maiques Marin

In rumours of dust, Debora Maiques Marin shows how a relationship is influenced by rumours and misunderstandings. the stage is set up like an apartment, which creates a casual everyday atmosphere. For the choreography very different music styles are used and the topic is approached in a powerful way.

Tulpa - if yes how many? by Sol Bilbao Lucuix
Tulpa - if yes how many is about the development of a relationship between a person and an object, how this relationship evolves and how it influences the person.
The choreography is very calm but still very impressive and emotional, the dancer plays, fights and dances with a huge white object of fabric filled with air that sometimes covers her completely and they seem as one and sometimes they are separated from each other with her trying to find her way back to it or around it.
The choreography was very captivating and moving.

Brother from another Mother by Javier Rodriguez Cobos
In Brother from another Mother Javier Rodriguez Cobos shows us the reality of todays friendships, in times of social media and in times of being available and online constantly and how this new dynamic has changed our friendships, or has it?
With spoken dialogues, sound effects and different songs the choreography was very versatile and lively.
In a very entertaining and humorous but still serious and deep way he approaches the subject and from the first moment his choreography was captivating and touched us deeply.