Saturday, 29 April 2017

Theater Basel | Satyagraha

Satyagraha, an opera by Philip Glass based on the book by Philip glass and Constance de Jong plays at the Theater Basel now with the Komische Oper Berlin and Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen as co-producers.
The whole opera is in Sanskrit, with German and English surtitles. 
The verses used for the opera are all from the ancient Indian epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita, which is one of the central texts of Hinduism.
The opera had something mesmerizing and sometimes almost meditative for us.
From the first moment the dancers from the company Eastman were incredibly powerful and the music was enchanting, for us Glass' minimal music is the perfect music to tell Gandhis story and the repetitive character of the music is what creates an almost meditative effect.
The stage consisted of one large platform held by wire ropes that pulled the platform into different positions during the show.
Satyagraha took us on a time travel through Gandhis early years and through everything that influenced him, from the author Tolstoi to the newspaper Indian Opinion to the march from Newcastle into the Transvaal to defy the Immigrants Regulation Act of 1913 we accompanied him through all these stations, up until the conflicts of the present day, where the dancers confront the audience with present problems of acceptance and tolerance by writing words on their bare bodies.
Rolf Romei as Gandhi was pushed and pulled and beaten up through the different scenes, but with an almost stoic calm he continued to chant his verses even when he was upside down.
The traditional costumes by Jan-Jan Van Essche were amazing and the colours were very strong, together with the use of light created a very special atmosphere that made us feel like we were back in the early days when the opera takes place.
All the singers, the choir and the dancers were absolutely magnificent. It was an incredibly powerful opera that completely captivated us from beginning to ending and especially the last scene, with Gandhi meditating on the upheaved platform touched us very much.


musical direction: Jonathan Stockhammer
production and choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
stage: Henrik Ahr
costume: Jan-Jan Van Essche
light: Roland Edrich
choral conduction: Henryk Polus
dramatic composition: Pavel B. Jiracek

Rolf Romei as M.K. GANDHI
Cathrin Lange as MISS SCHLESEN
Maren Favela as KASTURBAI
Andrew Murphy as MR. KALLENBACH
Nicholas Crawley as PARSI RUSTOMJI / KRISHNA
Anna Rajah as MRS. NAIDOO
Sofia Pavone as MRS ALEXANDER
Karl-Heinz Brandt as ARJUNA

dancers:
Eastman
Jason Kittelberger, Georgios Koatsifakis, Kazutomi "Tsuki" Kozuki, Elias Lazaridis, Nicola Leahey, Josepha Madkoi, Nemo Oeghoede, Shintaro Oue, Patrick Williams Seebacher (Twoface), James Vu Anh Pham, Ema Yuasa

choir of the Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Basel

© pictures: Sandra Then

Saturday, 22 April 2017

blickfang Basel 2017

The international design exhibition blickfang takes place for the 8th time in Basel from April 21-23 2017.
At this years blickfang we have 160 local and international designers that present their jewelry, fashion, furniture and much more, produced sustainably and with an incredible dedication and passion. What we always love about the blickfang is the possibility to talk to the designers directly, hear what inspires them, what is important to them when it comes to manufacturing conditions and materials and hear the story behind their products.
There is always so much to discover at the blickfang and you can not only shop with a good conscience but also find wonderful, extraordinary and unique things grown out of brilliant ideas.
These are some of our favourite brands at the blickfang Basel 2017, some of them we already knew from previous fairs, others we have newly discovered.

artha, home decoration, Zurich

Jungle Folk, sustainable fair fashion, Zurich

unrefined, concrete home accessories, Basel

MQMORA, hand crafted jewelry, Basel

rudin solution design, furniture from metal, Basel

Claudia Nabholz, fair fashion, Baden

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

BeautyLash | eyelash growth booster

When we discovered the BeautyLash eyelash growth booster we were skeptical at first as we have tried other eyelash serums before and were not always convinced by the results.
The serum activates the lash growth througu the natural ingredient black sea rod oil which is naturally found in Caribbean coral and extends the growth stage of the eyelashes naturally. It promises up to 75% longer lashes in only 6 weeks.
As it is the first eyelash serum we found with natural ingredients, we had to try it anyways and we were absolutely amazed. We applied the serum every night before going to bed like an eyeliner, especially in the beginning it is very important to use it regularly. After only a few weeks of using it our lashes were visibly longer, fuller and even thicker, the effect was so strong that even other people came up to us, asking if we had lash extensions or (for her) fake lashes on.
We have tried other serums before but this is by far the one that is most effective and has impressed us the most, with no unwanted side effects. We will definitely get another one.
The BeautyLash eyelash growth booster is fragrance- prostamid- and paraben-free and dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested and we did not have any unwanted side effects.
One bottle lasts up to 6 months.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

LUSH | which came first bath bomb

The LUSH which came first bath bomb is our favourite bath bomb from the easter collection.
We love the way it looks, somehow it reminds us of a colourful summer festival. Also the scent is absolutely wonderful, as it is very citrusy from the grapefruit oil and the sicilian lemon oil and has a slight sweetness.
The bathbomb leaves the skin gently cleansed, nourished and soft and you can use it for more than one bath. When you crack it open you will find a little surprise inside..