Sunday, 22 October 2017

Theater Basel | La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata plays at the Theater Basel as a co-production between the Theater Basel and the English National Opera.
It is the story of Violetta Valéry, the high class prostitute suffering from tuberculosis who falls in love with one of her many admirers Alfredo. For him she decides to leave the glamorous and luxurious life in Paris behind and move to the countryside.
Their love is not meant to be peaceful for long, as his father arrives and asks her to leave him, for the sake of his and the families honour.
What makes the opera so captivating is how pompous it all starts, how the storyline takes us to a peaceful country idyll, back to the glamorous and obscene Paris and then in the end to her death bed.
The tragic story of Violetta is always something that touches us deeply and the music is absolutely beautiful. We have seen La Traviata before and we especially like this production, we find it absolutely wonderful, the costumes and the make-up are very elaborate, the stage is impressive and the singers are outstanding.
La Traviata is in Italian with German and English surtitles.

musical director: Titus Engel
direction: Daniel Kramer
choreography: Teresa Rotemberg
stage: Lizzie Clachan
costume: Esther Bialas
light: Charles Balfour
chorus master: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster


Corinne Winters / Kristina Mkhitaryan as VIOLETTA VALÉRY
Kristina Stanek as FLORA BERVOIX
Anastasia Bickel as ANNINA
Pavel Valuzhyn / Zach Borichevsky as ALFREDO GERMONT
Ivan Inverardi as GIORGIO GERMONT
Karl-Heinz Brandt as GASTONE
Domen Križaj as BARONE DOUPHOLL
José Coca Loza as MARCHESE D'OBIGNY
Andrew Murphy as DOTTORE GRENVIL
Matthew Swensen as GIUSEPPE
Marco Pobuda as DOMESTICO DI FLORA
Vladimir Vassilev as COMMISSIONARIO

choir of the Theater Basel
Symphony Orchestra Theater Basel

© picture: Sandra Then

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


Pia Händler as LAYA, PRINCESS OF HAWAII / SUSANNE PROVENCE
Florian Jahr as PRINZ LILO-TARO
Andrea Bettini as KALUNA, AN OLD HAWAIIAN
Elias Eilinghoff as CAPTAIN REGINALD HARALD STONE
Mario Fuchs as LLOYD HARRISON, THE AMERICAN GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
Thomas Reisinger as JOHN BUFFY, THE GOVERNORS SECRETARY
Leonie Merlin Young as RAKA, A YOUNG HAWAIIAN
Vincent Glander as JIM BOY, A FAMOUS AMERICAN JAZZ-SINGER
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