Month: June 2014

Is it almost July already?

Seriously: Where did this first half of 2014 go?

Anyway, we can’t stop the time, but we can think about what happened. I won’t bore you to death with a deconstruction of my life over here, but what I’ll do is recap what I have seen in the theatres until now. 2014 is actually my first year I have kept a statistic (an excel sheet) on how many and what kind of performances and shows I have seen from the very beginning of the year – and since I did one of these year-recap-posts for 2013 I thought, after half a year it’d be interesting as well.

Overall I have seen 55 ‘things’ in the first six months of 2014. 55 events I have attended and spend time at. I keep it extra vague to not specify: was it a show? Was a kind of dance performance? These 55 events took place in 5 different cities in 3 different countries. Most of them oviously in Berlin, because that’s the city where I live and were I spend most of my time: 37 to be exact. Followed by New York City with 11 events, St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Kiel (Germany) with 3 each and Zurich (Switzerland) with one.

In my glorious excel sheet I have made up some kategories to tag the shows (just in case I can’t remember what they were about). The totally random tags I made up are: Opera, Musical, Dance, Play, Concert and Performance (usually to refer to hybrids which can’t be classified) and of course, since these ‘pure’ forms of the above don’t tend to appear, there are various twin categories such as Musical-Play, Dance/Performance et.al. For the purpose of this recap I went over these again and decided on one of the tags.

So, in the first half of 2014 I saw…

19 performances tagged with ‘Musical’
12 tagged ‘Opera’10 tagged ‘Dance’
7 tagged ‘Play’
6 tagged ‘Performance’ and
1 concert.

The month I saw the most in is definetely March with 16 shows/performances/nights spend in theatres (of course with my massive New York theatre experiences) followed by April with 12 and Juni with 11. While I needed some time to get into the new year and saw only two and fours things in January and February respectively.

Some of you now might think that I am crazy, right? And yes, I am – but it kind of is my ‘job’ (which basically means it is tightly related to the experience-aspect of my studies) to go and see stuff in theatres. As many different things as possible.

In addition to all my viewing-efforts I have managed 14 performances of the criminal dinner entertainment I work for.

So far it seems like a very theatrical-busy year. And I have some exciting (theatre related) news which I probably will share as soon as they are set in stone. 🙂

Have a great start into the second half of the year,
xoxo Theaterkind

Oh, and stop! I’d LOVE to read what you saw and how many nights to spend in theatres in these first months!

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Music Monday … “Raq Od Yom”

Okay, this title sounds like I’ve found something nobody knows.

It isn’t like this. Sadly. The song I chose for my “return of Theaterkind”-edition of Music Monday is a song probably every musical theatre person knows – it’s “Just Another Day” from Next to Normal. In a language that may sound weird or unusual for most people: Hebrew. The (quite illegal) clip I have found is from the biggest and probably most prestigious theatre in Israel – the HaBima Theatre in Tel Aviv, which by the way is quite a sight from the outside alone.

As posts from the beginning of this blog, from before it was a musical theatre blog, suggest Hebrew is my third language (well….technically my fith, Latin and my all-forgotten knowledge of French don’t count) – and that’s part of why I like this version.

It sounds unusual and unknown and special – in my opinion.

What do you think?
Do you have any favourites in unusual languages? I’d be delighted to read about them in the comments or on my facebook page!

Happy Monday!

My Week #36, June 2nd – 8th

Since my last “I’m back!’-post nothing much happened over here, but with a week coming to an end and a new one starting tomorrow I might just go back to regular series of posts.

what I saw
I went to see Barrie Kosky’s production of West Side Story at Komische Oper Berlin yesterday, I was lucky to get a ticket although it was basically sold out. I liked some parts and disliked some others…

what I read
I read some text by Brian Massumi when I waited for my appointment in Leipzig to happen.

what I listened to
I kind of returend to listening to Next to Normal since I was thinking about it quite a lot recently. Other than that I listened to Bridges (can there ever be a week without this again?!) and some other stuff across my iTunes library.

what I did
Spend quite some time on long haul trains – on Tuesday we travelled back from Switzerland on the train and on Friday I did a quick trip to Leipzig and back. ´

What did you do?

Are you curious and can’t wait for my posts to see what I thoughts of the shows I saw? On the Theaterkind facebook page I posted pics of the ticket stubs with small thoughts for every show I saw – head over there and check it out!

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

I’m back!

Well….this was quite some hiatus on here!
Yesterday I returned from my little prolonged holiday-weekend-trip to St. Gallen and Zurich (both in Switzerland, for those of you who aren’t that familiar with European places…), where I saw four shows all together and spend some lovely time hiking around St. Gallen and running by the Zurich Lake – and I got myself quite some tanlines around my (big) sunglasses…well, well.

Anyway, everytime I return from a trip I’m pumped with motivation around my blog and blogging and keeping up and I promise, I will not let you wait all too long for new posts!
I know there are still some reviews missing from NYC and I’ll definetely write something about Bridges, although it now is already closed and the other shows I haven’t written about yet.

Nonetheless I have a busy month ahead of me, with lots of time spend on long-haul-trains, and I still am in some kind of in-between-phase since I don’t know for sure yet what I will be doing next fall studywise – so, let’s see how this works out.

During my time in Zurich I snapped the pic of a very theatre-centered ad (it was for a festival-installment)….it is very fitting for theatre in Germany/German speaking countries.

"Manchmal sind unsere Schauspieler auch nackt" (engl: "And sometimes, our actors don't wear anything, too!"), spotted in Zurich, Switzerland

“Manchmal sind unsere Schauspieler auch nackt” (engl: “And sometimes, our actors don’t wear anything, too!”), spotted in Zurich, Switzerland