Music Monday … On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship

Sometimes oldies are goldies.

Yesterday I went to Leipzig to see the last ever class of (contemporary) musical theatre students doing their last performance of Songs for a New World. Ages ago, when I was still in high school, I used to be obessed with it and there are so many memories tied to the score! I haven’t listened to the score in its entiery in a while, though. Of course there are songs like Steam Train and King of the World that are amazing to listen to when riding your bike or doing anything higher energetic…but I also almost forgot about how heartbreaking I’d give it all for you is! (I seem to have a thing for these JRB-love-songs) A song I almost completey forgot about and I’m slightly embarrassed to say so, is On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship! I just remeber how obessed I used to be with this acapella parts, I’d listen to them over and over and over and over again for hours.

So let’s take time this Monday to revisit my teenage obession! If you own the recording, play it, it’s an amazing version on there.If you don’t…

a) buy it! It’s worth it!

b) Spotify sure has it.

c) I found this one and it sounds rather nice.

International Women’s Day

People who know me personally or are just familiar with me talking about what and how I (would) like to work usually know how much I am into everything ‘gender’ (this sounds so weird. SO WEIRD!). I’m getting a lot of my (academic) inspiration from what Judith Butler wrote, especially from Gender Trouble‘s second to last chapter. Basically 80% of my undergrad classes in my major dealt with gender and how we see bodies (on stages and I’m trying hard to keep in that way in grad school. While I am usually primarily thinking about how gender might be constructed in certain theatrical productions, in certain moments through music, action, dance, language….basically whatever you could think of.

A big part of my private personality is about being a feminist which (to me) means: I am all in for equality of all people. And if that means rooting for women for a while in order to get us (women, society) as far as we can get in equality – so be it. That certainly doesn’t mean I don’t like men or the work of men. In fact some of my very dear collaborators are male and I will continue to work together well with men. Why shouldn’t I?

But – and there is a big, big B-U-T!

If you have been following this blog you might remember my post about two major competitions held in (musical theatre) Germany these days I posted a while ago (if you don’t: check it our here!) and if you – aditionally or alternatively follow me on twitter you might have guess that I’ve recently jumped on the gender parity waggon, mostly because of the amazing (journalistic) work the ladies at The Interval do.

Actually this has – especially in musical theatre in Germany – bothered me for a while. While in most other genres of theatre women tend to become more and more likely to cover high(ish) positions – it isn’t the case with musicals.

What I wanted to leave here in order to celebrate international women’s day today is: The men in our community are doing good work.

But – and here it finally comes, the big B-U-T – let’s just raise awareness for now. May I ask you to – every time you go and see a show, will you read the names of creative teams and just take a moment? If there aren’t any women in it or if there are, it doesn’t matter. Let’s just think about gender parity in German musicals, okay?

And for those you are making the decisions: I would love to see women and girls encouraged to do work in our business.

I have a hard time starting out myself and I would LOVE to see and meet other young professionals working in/with musicals! But just for now I wish us all (women AND men) to have a fantastic women’s day which I will celebrate by going to Leipzig and see my college’s production of Songs For a New World.

 

Just in case you were just thinking I was making things up here or you need some kick to start thinking about gender parity in theatre, Frank Wesner took this impressive shot last Monday during the first preselection of works at the CREATORS contest I mentioned earlier and in the other post liked above. Pictured are the creators of the five new musicals featured in this preselection. Do I need to say more? ;)

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Music Monday … Believe

We all know I sometimes get a little obsessed with musical numbers. I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing if that didn’t happen once in a while aka all the time. And when we all take a trip down memory lane we’ll be able to see how in love I was with Norbert Leo Butz’ performance in Big Fish.

For this week a similar character from the new and upcoming Broadwayshow Finding Neverland has stolen my heart. Although I am not the biggest fan of effects in musicals, Go big or go home!-style just for the sake of (special) effects. But I like watching people (acting like they are) making things up in this very moment. This was the case with Big Fish when Edward Bloom is making the world bigger than it really is and it is the case in the video / song I’ve chosen for this week’s #MusicMonday. We can see someone creating a(n alternative) reality for people who agree to play along at some point.

This is what theatre (well…in most of its forms) is in its essence whether you like it or not. This it what it means to be someone who watches theatre, who keeps going to see performances. And seeing this agreement you take part in every single night you see a show being performed on stage it – in my opinion – joy.

So let’s sit back and enjoy the ride!

Happy Monday! What are you listening to today? 

My Week #50, Feb 22nd – Mar 1st

what I saw
honestly? Nothing! I haven’t been to a single theatre-performance in two weeks. Haven’t been to the cinema although I should have gone, Into the Woods is finally out in Germany. I’ve been rewatching some German tv shows instead.

what I read
some essays about gender and camp and queerness in musical theatre for an upcoming class I might be “teaching” soon.

what I listened to
I literally have been obsessed with the opening of Lift by Craig Adams and Ian Watson – whenever I needed a little mood-lift (pun NOT intended) I listened to it. And you should, too. It’s on Spotify, fo there and just wait for that “Covent Garden”-passage. Some oldies in my list of favourites were listened to as well. Can we all guess which one that was? ;)

what I did
Right now I’m interning 5 days a week (I was only supposed to go there three days a week, but then my contract with one of my other jobs was not extended right away – which leaves me without a job for now. But that does not matter because….HEY….I’m an UNPAID intern right now) in the evenings I usually went to the gym, had two criminal dinner performances to manage and I went out with my loverly friend who came for a visit from Frankfurt! We had the bestest time! :)

Oh, and of course…..yesterday I freaked out in happiness a little bit….because: the Theaterkind facebook page FINALLY hit the 100 likes! I knew it would happen sooner or later. So, let’s make the 200 happen as well, right?


What did you do?

Have a great new week!

Music Monday … Kind of

My darlings out there, this one is a little bit of a stretch, but after watching the opening of yesterday’s Oscar opening it’s kind of a must.

So, let’s have a look back at 2013 when Neil Patrick Harris hosted to Tonys in the year BEFORE he got his own and opened them with – what I think was the most magical, Broadway-y opening number the Tony Awards could have wished for. And it hits a spot very close to the one yesterday’s Oscars opening hits.

Right?

My Week #49, Jan 26th – Feb 1st

what I saw
a couple of things. First I saw the dress rehearsal of Der verreckte Hof, a musical theatre piece in Bavarian dialect. On the very same day I saw the second to last performance of Show Boat. Then the next day Company and then the following day The World Goes ’round, the evening of Kander and Ebb-songs. All of than happened in various spaces of Landestheater Linz in Austria.

what I read
the libretto of Der Freischütz to prepare for a new production.

what I listened to
Anything Goes, which makes a fabulous soundtrack for an overnight trainride. And Company. And It All Fades Away. On repeat. For a long time.

what I did
After two days of work in Berlin and a day of uni in Leipzig I took the overnight train to Linz, Austria, to attend the annual conference of the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft (dramaturgs’ society). As exhausting these long train-rides to and from were – they totally paid off. The conference was fun, although I didn’t agree with some points….and I had an amazing time meeting old friends and making new ones.


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. :)

Have a great new week!

Music Monday … Fly into the Future

I wanted to put a new Music Monday up this week and I went through my old installments and realized I haven’t featured it yet? I mean: Really?

I’ve been full-on obesessed with this song for a good month now or longer. Anyway, I think it’s a great song about female empowerment coming around the corner all so sweetly, school-girly. I like that. A lot.

Listen, and repeat.

I actually am obessed enough to have started thinking about how to translate it into German – it really makes a good song in German. I swear.

 

Have an amazing Monday (night) and if you are on the East coast of the US, please stay safe.

What are you listenting to today? This week?

My Week #48, Jan 19th – 25th

what I saw
this may come as a kind of weirdo-thing, but I saw Shrek in Berlin again. Twice. Which makes – after the preview I saw in Düsseldorf last fall – three Shrek performances I’ve seen. And after the one I saw on Thursday I was so happy I was able to catch another performance on Sunday. It was very different, higher in energy and simply so much better. In between Shreks I saw Die taube Zeitmaschine, a production with hearing as well as (various states of) deaf performers for a hearing as well as (various states of) deaf audiences.

what I read
the New York Times.

what I listened to
oldies, but goldies: Shrek, Rent and Vanities. Most of the times.

what I did
My first semester in Leipzig is coming to an end! I had a presentation in one of my classes on Wednesday which needs to be finished next week, but still….On Wednesday also Legida was ‘protesting’ in Leipzig (for the people not from Germany/Europe: A protest-movement of ‘patriotic’ people was started in Dresden late last year protesting against foreigner and immigrants. Leipzig has a smaller, but more aggressive branch of it…) and the whole city of in a state of exeption – that definitely was a strange experience, especially since I got on the train and arrived in Berlin and Berlin mostly was like: “Oh boy! The S-Bahn isn’t going as it should!”


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. :)

Have a great new week!

My Week #47, Jan 11th – 18th

I always wanted to save the return of the weekly review-posts for a year’s recap just as I did last year, but just now I really felt like writing a post and here it comes. The statistics of 2014 will come sooner or later. Promise.

what I saw
my lovely friend F. was nice enough to think of me when planning her visits at the Tanztage festival. While we were involved via school project with this festival last year (check out what I wrote about that here!), we went for fun this time. On Monday we saw an interpretation of Sacre we had already seen before and we couldn’t be bothered to like more than we did the first time seeing it – which wasn’t very much. The next day we went to see a performance by a former stripper giving everyone who wanted (or just didn’t say ‘No’) a lapdance and telling us about her work. I liked that performance quite a bit – partly because I’m all in for experiments (I did say no to that lapdance though) and partly because I hope my MA thesis is going to deal with sexwork in musical theatre. For the rest of the week I sticked to watching classmates rehearse for our showcase which happened on Sunday.

what I read
after 3.5 weeks I finished Nino Haratischwili’s amazing novel “Das achte Leben (für Brilka)”. 1275 pages of Georgian family stories that sucked me in so much I couldn’t even think about sleeping. That was definitely a book you read at night for ‘just half an hour’ and two hours later you still haven’t slept and have to wake up in 5 hours. Been there, done that.

what I listened to
Funnily enough I really felt like “It all fades away”. Loads of hours. Also I’ve gone back to Rent (the movie soundtrack) quite a bit. And Vanities is kind of my new-ish love.

what I did
This week was kind of a week of back luck. On Friday I first broke the key to my bicycle lock, then came home to no hot water in our flat, the my train was running late for my solo rehearsal on Saturday morning and in the evening I had to go to an ER because I was stupid enough to show my classmates how a burpee is done with no shoes on. Which lead to slipping and supporting my falling with my left hand. Which was swollen afterwards and still hurts like a….But other than that I had a good time with my classmates in Leipzig with our project’s showcase. But I also recieved very encouraging emails regarding my plans for this coming summer.


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. :)

Have a great new week!

Music Monday … That’s Life

Who ever follows my Twitter feed might know that the days off between Christmas and pretty much right now were filled by endless re-watches of the glorious, hideous, ridiculous and yet amazing TV show Smash. So I decided to take an amazing song from my second favourite episode of the second season (The Opening) and make it the first #MusicMonday of 2015.

Because this song is amazing.

Because these shiny, sparkely dresses are amazing and look festive.

Because – well….listen yourself.

What are you listening to today?