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

Monday, 13 February 2017

Argan Beauty | Scheherazades dream bath

The Argan beauty Sheherazades dream bath is a wonderful bath salt with natural ingredients and free of artificial colorants or perfumes.
It contains pure argan oil, leaving the skin nourished and soft.
We like the enchanting oriental scent of amber and musk a lot and it creates an incredibly relaxing bathing experience. The argan oil moisturizes the skin deeply, which is especially important during the colder days.
The bathing comes lovingly wrapped in a little bag in a pretty silver box with the tassels that are typical for the argan beauty products.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

LUSH | Valentines Day 2017

With the wonderful LUSH Valentines Day products, every day can be a Valentines Day.
After the Prince Charming Shower Gel and the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb from last year, we have chosen three more products we really liked from the collection.

The cupid bath bomb unites the scents of rose and bergamot and creates a wonderful floral and slightly citrusy scent.
It turns the bath water in beautiful shades of pink and leaves the skin soft and soothed.

The two hearts beating as one bath melt with the sensual scent of Ylang Ylang and rose oils, melt slowly in the hot bath water and cover the skin gently with hydrating almond oil and rich argan oil. It creates a wonderfully relaxing bathing experience and you can use the bath melt for more than one bath.

The Rose Bombshell bath bomb has an incredibly intense scent of roses we absolutely love and that lingers on your skin for a very long time after the bath. When you drop it into the bath tub after a little while beautiful rose petals appear in the bath water while turning the water into a strong pink.

All of these products are vegan.

Waste is LUSH's big topic for the year 2017, as we are already used to the LUSH bath bombs or massage bars and many more products are sold in the shops without individual packaging.
Lush offers a variety of products that do not produce any waste as an alternative to the products we are used to, like shampoo bars as an alternative to shampoo in a bottle. Not only do they reduce our waste but also they are very long lasting, 1 shampoo bar lasts as long as three bottles of liqued shampoo.
During the year LUSH will start and support many different projects around the topic of waste and therefore also sustainability, which we think is fantastic as these are major topics and taking care for our environment and the planet is something that is also very important to us.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Theater Basel | Don Giovanni

Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Theater Basel is a co-production with the English National Opera London. The production is directed by the British director Richard Jones and is conducted by Music Director Erik Nielsen.

That the seducer Don Giovanni knows no boundaries, was already clear after the first scene, where no woman passing by can resist him, and he takes one after the other into his "love nest" and lets his loyal servant Leporello close the door behind them.
Walls and doors connect different rooms or areas on stage and are a very important element of the opera, as they allow scenes to take place simultaneously and the play to switch quickly between the different scenes by moving the walls with the doors.

After murdering the father of Donna Anna (one of his affairs), the daughter and her fiancee try to revenge his death. Don Giovanni - who is not concerned with the consequences of his behaviour very much - always gets away from his responsibility, and unlike in the original story he even gets away from the ghost of the murdered father through a deception in the end.

For us the dynamics and the energy of the story were very strong, the ensemble was not only singing but also acting brilliantly and moving fluently over the stage and through the storyline.
This production of Don Giovanni is timeless, as we think it is not clear whether it takes place at the end of the 18th century or somewhere in the 19th century. The only element that gives us a time frame is a public telephone booth and a telephone.
The topic of Don Giovanni is a timeless topic that raises questions about social boundaries, moral and values and personal freedom and responsibility.

Riccardo Fassi as DON GIOVANNI
Michael Hauenstein as THE COMMANDER
Kiandra Howarth as DONNA ANNA
Simon Bode as DON OTTAVIO
Anna Rajah as DONNA ELVIRA
Biagio Pizzuti as LEPORELLO
Nicholas Crawley as MASETTO
Maren Favela as ZERLINA
Mirjam Karvat as ELVIRAS MAID

choir of the Theater Basel
Symphony orchestra Basel
extras of the Theater Basel

musical direction: Erik Nielsen
production: Richard Jones
staging: Joe Austin
assistant: Sarah Fahie
stage: Paul Steinberg
costumes: Nicky Gillibrand, Deborah Andews
light: Mimi Jordan Sherin
choir: Henryk Polus
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster

pictures © Priska Ketterer