Friday, 9 February 2018

Theater Basel | Die Dreigroschenoper (the threepenny opera)

The threepenny opera, a play by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weil plays at the Theater Basel now. The threepenny opera contrasts two prototypes of capitalist order. Macheath, known as Mac the knife, womanizer and boss of a London gangster organization and Jonathan Peachum, the proprietor of the company The Beggar's Friend. As Mac the Knife marries Polly, Peachum's daughter, the scandal is complete and Peachum is doing all he can to get him arrested and possibly even hanged.
The threepenny opera criticizes capitalism and corruption and makes visible how love and economic relationships relate sometimes.
In the production from Dani Levy, the threepenny opera is played in a futurist clinic in space, Mammon 1, where rich people get cured from their mental diseases. Playing the threepenny opera is a part of their treatment.
The threepenny opera is very entertaining and thought provoking at the same time and we like the production with the mental hospital a lot, as all the actors play a role within their role, first the role they have as the patients and then also the role they play in the threepenny opera.

musical director: Johannes Kalitzke
direction: Dani Levy
stage and video: Jo Schramm
costume: Jana Findeklee, Joki Tewes
light: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl, Juliane Luster

Thomas Reisinger as JONATHAN JEREMIAH PEACHUM
Cathrin Störmer as MRS PEACHUM
Paula Hans as POLLY PEACHUM, PEACHUM'S DAUGHTER
Thiemo Strutzenberger as MACHEATH aka MAC THE KNIFE
Ingo Tomi as BROWN, POLICE CHIEF
Pia Händler as LUCY, BROWN'S DAUGHTER
Jonas Anders, Elias Eilinghoff, Vincent Glander as MACHEATH'S COMPANIONS
Florian Jahr as FILCH, ONE OF PEACHUM'S BEGGARS
Myriam Schröder as JENNY, WHORE
Jonas Anders, Vincent Glander, Thomas Reisinger, Ingo Tomi as WHORES
Nahoko Fort-Nishigami as PROF. WANSUI / HOSPITAL DIRECTOR
Gen Seto as PROF. PINGAN / GAME MASTER

© picture: Sandra Then

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Theater Basel | Das Recht des Stärkeren (the law of the jungle)

The law of the jungle is a commissioned play by Dominik Busch that was created as part of the playwright development programme "Stück Labor Basel" at the Theater Basel.
The play traces the life story of the Dutch woman Tanja Nijmeijer who is a member of the FARC rebels and is one of the best known faces of the guerilla movement. Dominik Busch combines a rebel's return to her homeland with the story of a Swiss family.
The topic of individuals, companies and countries enriching themselves elsewhere at the expense of the poorest is something that is very current and a topic we think is very important to be made a subject of discussion.
It is not only the exploitation of resources but also of the local population that has tragic consequences and the question of responsibility is only one of the questions that is asked during the play.
The play was very impressive and thought provoking and we think it is very important that the theater also addresses these topics. We liked the production a lot and especially the combination of video installations, music and the different stage settings that really managed to take us to the different places where the play took place.


author: Dominik Busch
direction: Felicitas Brucker
stage: Viva Schudt
costume: Katrin Wolfermann
video: Arved Schultze
dramatic composition: Ewald Palmetshofer

Lisa Stiegler as NADJA
Carina Braunschmidt as ERIKA STUDER, NADJA's MOTHER
Orlando Klaus as SIMON
Steffen Höld as ALVARO
Nicola Fritzen as DIEGO CUARENTA

© pictures: Kim Culetto

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Theater Basel | Elektra

Elektra, an opera in one act by Richard Strauss plays at the Theater Basel now. It is a newly staged production based on the Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal by Opera Vlaanderen and the Aalto Theater Essen.
Elektra is the tragical and psychological thriller about a girl who's father has been murdered by her mother and her lover before her eyes. It is a story about obsession and revenge, about madness and traumas. With the help of her brother Orestes, Elektra wants to take revenge on her mother and by killing her and her lover she hopes that she and her siblings can finally be free.
The ancient myth of Elektra is very captivating and thrilling from the first minute, the stage is incredibly impressive and the performers were absolutely brilliant.


musical director: Erik Nielsen, Hartmut Keil
direction: David Bösch
stage direction: Barbora Horáková-Joly
stage: Patrick Bannwart, Maria Wolgast
costume: Meentje Nielsen
light: Michael Bauer
chorus master: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Dorothee Harpain, Markus Tatzig

Ursula Hesse von den Steinen as KLYTÄMNESTRA
Rachel Nicholls as ELEKTRA
Pauliina Linnosaari as CHRYSOTHEMIS
Rolf Romei as AEGISTH
Michael Kuper-Radecky as OREST
Domen Križaj as ORESTES NURSE
Evelyn Meier as THE CONFIDANTE
Matthew Swensen as A YOUNG SERVANT
José Coca Loza as AN OLD SERVANT
Mona Somm as THE WARDEN
Sofia Pavone as MAID 1
Anastasia Bickel as MAID 2
Kristina Stanek as MAID 3
Sarah Brady as MAID
Hailey Clark as MAID

choir of the Theater Basel, Symphony orchestra Basel

© picture: Sandra Then

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

PINK MON€Y

PINK MON€Y is a performance by Antje Schupp, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli and Annalyzer. It is queer and international and if you have enough of it, PINK MON€Y can be used to purchase the expensive commodity of tolerance. PINK MON€Y hates labels but loves diversity. The message is: the richer you are, the gayer you can be.
The performance raises the topic of the purchase power of the LGBTI+ community and the tourism connected to it. The performance consists of dance, video installation, music and dialogues and includes the audience.
It raises awareness for the still ongoing discrimination of members of the LGBTI+ community all over the world, and how this discrimination is even worse when the person comes from a different culture and has a different skin colour.
For us the performance was very intense and full of emotions and we loved how versatile the whole performance was set up.
In the end we should all be equal and free to be who we are and to love who we want, no matter our social status, origin or gender.
PINK MON€Y plays at the Kaserne Basel on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 13th January 2018.




Performance: Antje Schupp, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli and Annalyzer
Concept: Antje Schupp
Collaboration Concept: Annalyzer, Djana Covic, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli, Nico de Rooij Performing Vocalist: Anelisa Stuurman aka Annalyzer
Visuals & DJ: Mbali Mdluli aka Miz Buttons
Choreography: Kieron Jina
Szenography, Visual Dramaturgy: Djana Covic & Nico de Rooij
Costume: Marie Fricout, Sithembiso Mngadi
Oeil Extérieur: Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs
Production Management: Bernhard la Dous (born2perform), Thabiso Pule (Creative Tree)