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.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Circus Ohlala 2017 | 7 senses

The 7th Circus Ohlala was dedicated entirely to not only the 5 but to 7 senses.
Live, Touch, Feel, Taste, See, Hear and Smell, the show promises to stimulate all of these senses and never ceases to impress.
As always the live music was fantastic, the singer Mimi (Miriam Barber Rueda) caught us form the first moment with her wonderful voice.
The artists were breathtaking and we enjoyed the show very much.
Amongst all the amazing artists these are some of our favourite acts:

Duo Sienna - Aerial hoop
The Duo Sienna with their ring acrobatics showed us an incredibly sensual and powerful act, it was captivating from the first second and all their movements were very elegant and fluid. It seemed like the two were one, showing us their weightless dance up in the air, leaving the world behind.

Svetlana & Yulia - water acrobatics

The act of the two women was very erotic and sensual, all of the dancers were dancing around them on the ground in white underwear and the two artists showed us their tricks, doing incredible acrobatics with their body, diving through the glass bowl, performing something like a hot water ballet. The see through water bowl made it possible to see all of their movements and the act was really amazing.

The dancers of the Circus Ohlala presented us a great show during the whole evening but we especially liked the very arty act with the neon colours. At first the bodies were almost invisible except for the neon wigs but the more colour they added to their skin the more we were able to see their movements and their choreography.

This year the Swiss DJ Mr. Da-Nos created a special song "Ohlala" for the show, which he performs live during each show.
The Circus Ohlala 2017 plays until the 22nd October 2017 at the Air Force Center in Dübendorf.

© pictures: Lukas Pitsch/Nikon

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Theater Basel | Lucio Silla

The first premiere this year is Mozarts opera Lucio Silla, written by him at the age of only 16 years old. The story is about the dictator Silla who is obsessed with Giunia, the daughter of his murdered opponent. Giunia feels nothing but hate and disgust for him, not only because he has murdered her father, but also because he has damned her fiancé Cecilio to exile.
Together with Cinna, Cecilios friend, they plan to murder Sillo and end his dictatorship to free the people of Rome and make it possible for Giunia and Cecilio to finally be together.
The music was absolutely wonderful and was captivating from the first minute, the orchestra was fantastic and the singers brilliant.
Not only the solo singers were amazing but also the choir was very powerful and had an incredibly strong presence on stage.
Lucio Silla is a story about love, hate, tyranny and power and the involvements between the different characters keep the story exciting until the last scene.

musical direction: Erik Nielsen
production: Hans Neuenfels
stage: Herbert Murauer
costume: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
light: Stephan Bolliger
choir: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Henry Arnold

Sarah Brady as CELIA, SILLA's SISTER
Matthew Swensen as AUFIDIO
Mirjam Karvat, Mukdanin Daniel Phongpachith as THE TWO MASKED

choir of the Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Theater Basel

©picture: Sandra Then

Sunday, 3 September 2017

LUSH | mask of magnaminty

The LUSH mask of magnaminty is a multi-purpose mask that can be used for the body and for the face. It contains many very effective natural ingredients like honey, kaolin, peppermint oil and Organic Ground Aduki Beans. The mask has a slight peeling effect when you wash it away and if you want to use it on your body it is best to use it before taking a shower.
The honey has an antibacterial effect and the peppermint oil stimulates the skin, making it look radiant and refreshed.
We like the texture of the mask of magnaminty, it feels cool and refreshing on the skin and the exfoliating effect while washing it away revitalizes the skin.
The skin feels refreshed, purified and soft after using the mask and we like the fresh scent a lot.
Our LUSH mask of magnaminty is self preserving.