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The Musical Edit

Lesen – Hören – Ansehen

Ich wünschte, ich könnte schreiben “So langsam nimmt die Theaterwelt in Deutschland wieder Fahrt auf”, aber ehrlich gesagt sind die allermeisten Theater noch in den Ferien, sogar ‘meine beiden’ (die, zu denen das Ensemble gehört, für das ich arbeite) urlauben offiziell noch, nur wir haben schon die erste Woche der neuen Spielzeit hinter uns gebracht.

Wie dem auch sei…in dieser Woche habe ich tatsächlich einmal ein ganz normales Wochenende wie Menschen mit ‘normalen’ Jobs – nämlich Samstag und Sonntag frei. Und was läge da näher als einmal ein paar Dinge zusammenzuschreiben, die ich – theatral und untheatral – in den nächsten zwei Tagen on the internet so vor habe?

Zuerst muss ich glaub ich mal meine feminist vibes aufladen. Ich bin ein großer Fan der Arbeit von Victoria und Danielle (und ihren Kolleginnen) auf www.theintervalny.com, dem wie sie es selbst nennen “Smart girl’s guide to theatricality”. Dort findet man immer irgendein Interview mit mindestens einer spannenden Bühnenpersönlichkeit, die einen gerade extrem interessiert – zudem stellen sie häufig mit einer ganz besonderen Zielgenauigkeit Fragen nach Geschlechtergleichheit (gender parity) im Theater, den so genannten Glass Curtains und Vorbildern. Auf meiner Leseliste steht derzeit zum Beispiel das mit Jenn Collela ganz oben, die mich immer noch regelmäßig mit “Me and the Sky” auf der Broadway-Aufnahme von Come From Away zum Weinen bringt.

Neulich fragte mich zudem ein Freund, ob ich 36 Questions kennen würde, das Podcast-Musical. Ich kannte es nicht, ich habe es aber gleich einmal abonniert und nun warten die Episoden auf meinem Telefon geduldig darauf, angehört zu werden. Da das Wetter auch hier in Wiesbaden (das man angeblich auch das “Nizza des Nordens” nennt, Kurstadt, heiße Quellen und so…) eher herbstlich und verregnet ist, gibt es doch kaum eine bessere Vorstellung als Podcasts anhören und stricken oder putzen. Aber eigentlich eher stricken. 🙂

Letzten Sonntag habe ich durch Zufall einen (ein? eine?) Bootleg von Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet on 1812 auf Youtube gefunden. Ich habe NATÜRLICH draufgeklickt, mir dann aber gedacht, dass ich – sollte ich in den Genuss dieser Show live kommen – die Magie dann eben tatsächlich dort zum ersten Mal erleben will, um mich dort eben in diesem Moment ent- und verführen zu lassen. Allerdings wurde ja im Laufe der Woche die Schließung der Show im September angekündigt und da meine nächste New York Reise (hoffenlich) “erst” im März 2018 statt finden wird, werde ich es verpassen müssen, leider. Also stellt sich mir jetzt nur noch die Frage: erst den/die/das Bootleg angucken und dnan hartcore Krieg und Frieden lesen oder andersrum?

Was habt ihr vor am Wochenende? Musikhören? Lesen? Vielleicht geht ihr ins Theater und gucke eine der vielen Open-Air-Vorstellungen an, die gerade noch überall laufen?

 

 

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Special Day

A short thing on why May 27th was a very special day for me

On May 27th an era kind of came to an end. I saved a 85 pages Word-Document as a PDF file, hit the copyshop and printed it out five times, had it bound and took it home. There I put three of the copies in an envelope, put the address of my university on there and got it ready to take to Leipzig the next day.

That, ladies and gentlemen, was my Master thesis.
It’s finished.
It’s dropped off at the Prüfungsbüro.

Now the era of not thinking about sex and musicals and feminism in musicals all day every day begins!

On Friday I took my mother to see my friend Eric Lee Johnson for his solo show debut at a small and very charming theatre in Berlin Schöneberg. I remember when we last got together for a coffee Eric told me he might sing a song by Marc Schubring that I translated for a student of his earlier this year (which marked the first time someone asked me to translate something). To be honest I was all ike: Yeah, let him talk – and let’s see if that REALLY happens. (sorry, Eric…)

Then last Friday I met a mutual friend of ours and she was like “You know, he’s gonna sing “Completely Different” – and Marc’s gonna be here!”. And then that’s what happened.

As I’m still in the very beginning of my translating it’s VERY exciting to hear my German words being sung by people who aren’t me torturing my neighbours with endless shouting and trying to be a soprano or a tenor… Only when someone that isn’t me sings those German words I can listen to it as a dramaturg and judge it the way I would do translations by others and that’s not only very productive, but also a rather healthy thing to do.

And last week’s Friday Eric sung those words and it was the first time ever someone sung a translation of mine without me being in the back producing it, organizing it, putting together musical rehearsals or trying to make everybody feel comfortable about the lack of said rehearsals…and it was A MA ZING!

Thank you, Eric!
And thank you, Marc, for the music that works so well (I think) with German!

That special Friday was more than a week ago today, but I’m still mesmerized and I’m sure I’m gonna treasure that day for a while longer. 😉 Even and especially after I’ve graduated from my current MA programme and I’ll be an unemployed dramaturg.

But before that will be the case my classmates are organizing a festival in Leipzig – and they need money, because – let’s be honest here – who doesn’t? We’ve 11 more days of startnext crowdfunding left, and honestly I think everyone should be wanting to be part of the funding crowd for a dramaturgy-festival. Who has ever seen such a thing?

Wanna help? Head over to: https://www.startnext.com/INTROLeipzig

 

 

#12v12 Mai

Schon wieder ein Monat rum?!?!?

In nächster Zeit stehen sowieso ein paar deutsche Posts hier an und da hab ich mir gedacht, fange ich doch gleich mal an mit etwas, was eigentlich “dazugehört”. #12v12 ist ein ziemliclh lustiger Ding auf Instagram, bei dem einige von mir verfolgten Blogger_innen immer wieder mitmachen, ob es nun die hochverehrten Kulturfritzen sind (die jetzt tatsächlich seit neuestem Plural sind!) oder Ella von Ringelmiez. “Konzept” dieses Hashtags ist es, einmal im Monat – nämlich am 12. – 12 Bilder aus seinem manchmal furchtbar langweiligen, manchmal ganz aufregenden Alltag zu teilen.

Dieses Mal fällt der 12. also auf einen Donnerstag. Donnerstage sind bei mir meistens von Büroarbeit geprägt, dieses Mal irgendwie nicht….aber von Anfang an.

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Dieser 12. fing also an mit Füßen. Und Wasser, viel später als ich eigentlich momentan mag, aber mein lieber Freund D. hat am Mittwoch gewissermaßen seine Abschlussprüfung bestanden (wörtliches Zitat: “Ich bin Diplom!”) und das musste gefeiert werden. Also wurde es spät – zumindest nach den Maßstäben einer langweiligen Tante wie mir.

Ich trinke wenig Alkohol, was dazu führt, dass ich dann im Fall des Alkohol-Konsums relativ schnell relativ lange was davon habe (#KOPF!). Also gab es nach dem Frühstück gleich noch einen Kaffee hinterher, gemeinsam mit ein bisschen Feminismus und (zumindest in der Theorie) Arbeit an der Masterarbeit. Weil ich an selbiger die letzte Zeit über vor allem zu Hause gearbeitet habe, ist es immer ein Highlight, wenn ich tatsächlich doch mal rausgehe und dafür “etwas Richtiges” anziehe – in diesem Fall: Jeans. Ich war überrascht von mir selber, aber wenn ich erwarte, dass ich Kollegen treffe, bin ich doch lieber ‘richtig’ angezogen und nicht nur in Yoga-Leggings unterwegs, ne?

In der Bibliothek war’s dann weder besonders spannend, noch besonders fotogen oder produktiv. 😉 Das Kapitel über den Feminismus und die Frauenkörper habe ich aufgeschoben bis zum Schluss und jetzt müssen die Augen zu und durch. Am Dienstag soll eine Textfassung spätestens ein paar wunderschöne Menschen erreichen, die sich einmal dadurch quälen und korrekturlesen sollen. Bis dahin muss ich noch eben dieses Kapitel sowie Einleitung und Fazit schreiben. In zweieinhalb Wochen ist Abgabe!

Was ‘ne ganze Zeit lang “kein #12v12 ohne Zahnbürste!” hieß, ist jetzt anscheinend “kein #12v12 ohne Foamroller!”. Weil mir Leute sagen, er sähe mit seinen Noppen so seltsam zweideutig aus, habe ich den ebenso zweideutigen Slogan des Intro Festival Leipzig, das Studierende meines Studiengangs Ende Juni veranstalten, draufgeschrieben: Lass dich einführen. (hier steht er natürlich für das Streching und die Entspannung nach dem Sport, zwei Stunden war ich im Fitnessstudio und es gab BodyCombat und BodyBalance) Und dann gab’s eine kleine Schummelei: Nämlich einen Throwback nach München, als mein Strick-Bestie Aleks und ich uns von anderen fotografieren lassen mussten, weil beide unserer Mütter ein Bild verlangt haben. Nur noch zwei Monate und dann sehen wir uns endlich wieder, diesmal auf ‘ihrem’ Kontinent!

Nach dem Sport war ich noch ‘kurz’ im Bioladen, wo ich meistens eher nicht so ganz gesunde Sachen kaufe….diesmal musste es mal wieder ein Glas Erdnussmus Crunchy sein, dieses Granola und die Milch, weil ich auf alles abfahre, wo Kokos drin ist. (von dem Joghurt bin ich nicht ganz so überzeugt). Ein Teil des Einkaufs schaffte es dann auch sofort auf den Abendbrotteller!

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Als letzten Akt des Tages musste ich noch meinen Joghurtbereiter (ohne Strom) bestücken, damit ich zum nächsten Frühstück etwas für mein Müsli habe…Meistens mache ich nämlich meinen Sojajoghurt selbst.

Das war also mein 12. Mai, viel Bib…und wir müssen ja niemandem erzählen, dass das nur 11 Bilder waren, oder? Mal im ernst – wer hätte auch noch ein viertes Bild aus der Bibliothek gebraucht?

Am 12. Juni werde ich die Arbeit schon abgegeben haben, mal sehen, was ich dann mache…

 

5 Things I am looking forward to…

…doing once I handed in my MA thesis

I have talked about my MA thesis on here before, but now that it’s like around 5.5 weeks before I have to hand in that bad boy (or girl, haven’t decided yet) on June 1st my motivational list featuring ALL the amazing things I’ll do once I have this thesis finished grows. And I though it’d be fun to share. Especially since I guess there are a couple of things on there that only SOUND really attractive right now but won’t be anymore the moment I officially had time for them – the procrastination-witch probably makes them sound soooo good, then.

  1. watching the 5th season of Homeland. During the first two seasons I was like a die-hard fan of that show. Wasn’t too sure about the third and even more the fourth season then. Anyways – the 5th season is set in Berlin and it’s airing in German right now so basically everybody and their dog is watching it. I am not. Because I’m saving it. The fact that it basically will be summer once I’ve handed in the thesis won’t stop me.
  2. getting back into translating. The last thing I translated was Ryan Scott Oliver’s “Leave Luanne” for the last installment of schreib:maschine mid-March. Since then I’ve been riding my bike belting out German translations to one specific song, realizing that I’m neither a tenor nor a soprano (who knew? Well….I did!). And there’s a whole show waiting to be translated.
  3. cleaning, tidying up and purging – well, that might be a thing the procrastination-witch makes sound VERY attractive. But I have the feeling in case I have to move this summer I’ll happy about every box of books that I don’t have to move. Very, very happy. And maybe I’ll read Marie Kondo’s hit-book and get on the very hip minimalist-band waggon?
  4. making more of the last months of my BahnCard100. Since I have been a long-distance-commuter between Berlin and Leipzig for the last four semesters I have this very handy thing called BahnCard100 which entitles you to go on basically ANY train in Germany free of charge – because you paid for it in advance. It’s like a train flatrate. And I have placed to go this summer because I want to see all my friends and acquaintances perform in their summer shows. And I kind of decided I want to pay a return-visit to Lotte in Wetzlar since I’m REALLY up for a good cry and listening to the CD just doesn’t fix that. 😉
  5. Looking forward to the things that might come up. Or not. As of today my future is not set. I don’t know what I’ll be doing come fall. And I really try not to be too stressed out about that. Let’s see if that works.

5.5 more weeks. Good lord, time flies. I can’t wait to hand it in but at the same time I really don’t want to…Aaaaarg.

#12v12 April

In nächster Zeit stehen sowieso ein paar deutsche Posts hier an und da hab ich mir gedacht, fange ich doch gleich mal an mit etwas, was eigentlich “dazugehört”. #12v12 ist ein ziemliclh lustiger Ding auf Instagram, bei dem einige von mir verfolgten Blogger_innen immer wieder mitmachen, ob es nun die hochverehrten Kulturfritzen sind (die jetzt tatsächlich seit neuestem Plural sind!) oder Ella von Ringelmiez. “Konzept” dieses Hashtags ist es, einmal im Monat – nämlich am 12. – 12 Bilder aus seinem manchmal furchtbar langweiligen, manchmal ganz aufregenden Alltag zu teilen. Ich habe das in diesem Jahr im Januar zum ersten Mal gemacht, dann auch im Februar – im März nicht, wenn ich mich richtig erinnere. Eigentlich ist der Plan dann auch, das ganze zu ‘verbloggen’ – ein Fakt, den ich bisher geflissentlich übersehen habe. Ok, ignoriert. Ich habe ihn ignoriert. 😉

Diesmal will ich es aber machen, wenn auch mit einem Tag Verspätung….

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Nachdem mein Montag mehr oder weniger damit zu Ende gegangen war, dass ich ENDLICH mein Tuch aus dem tollen Wollmeisen-Garn “Blend” fertig gestrickt habe, fing mein Dienstag damit an, ebenso ENDLICH ein Paar Socken fertig zu machen, die schon viel zu lange auf den Nadeln rumgehangen haben (ich kann immer nur eine Sache gleichzeitig stricken, ist mir dabei wieder aufgefallen). Das ist also Paar Nr. 17 meines #52pairsin2016-Projekts. Ich bin froh, dass sie fertig sind!

Da ich momentan so richtig durchstarte, was meine Masterarbeit angeht (zumindest rede ich mir das erfolgreich ein….), gab es dann sehr viele Bilder, die irgendwie mit Papier oder so zu tun hatten. Meine To-Do-Liste und ein Teil des Inhaltsverzeichnis’ eines der Bücher, über die ich mich am nachhaltigsten freue: Meiner Mutter hat mir das “Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies” (tatsächlich!) zu meinem 24. Geburtstag geschenkt, nachdem ich es mir gewünscht habe – damit ist es sozusagen Teil einer Reihe ungewöhnlicher Bücher, die sie mir zu Geburtstagen schenkte und die damit begann, dass ich zu meinem 14. Geburtstag meinen bis heute heißgeliebten Stowasser bekam.

Mein “Arbeitsplatz”für den gestrigen Tag war dann mein Stammplatz in der Bibliothek des Instituts für Theaterwissenschaft der FU Berlin, wo ich immerhin 4 Jahre studiert habe (3 Jahre BA und ein Jahr MA Tanzwissenschaft) und wo ich seit drei Jahren als studentische Hilfskraft beschäftigt bin. Und falls sich jemand fragt, wie ich mich motiviere tatsächlich zu schreiben: a) das frage ich mich auch und b) Witze machen. Viele. (höhöhö)

Wer viel denkt, muss sich auch bewegen – nachmittags ging’s mit dem Rad von Dahlem nach Schöneberg, wo ich zum Kaffee mit Musical-“Urgestein” und -Mensch der ersten Stunde Eric Lee Johnson verabredet war. Es ist immer großartig mit Eric nicht nur, aber auch weil er so viele tolle Geschichten hat darüber, wie Musical in den 80ern und 90ern in Deutschland war. (von denen er einige bestimmt auch bei seiner Solo-Show Ende Mai erzählen wird….)

Zuhause habe ich dann – vor meinem Abendessen, das wie eigentlich jeden Tag aus einem großen Salat bestandt – in mein Konto bei foodassembly.com reingeschaut, weil ‘meine’ Assembly einen neuen Verkauft für die Verteilung nächste Woche gestartet hat. Ich glaube, bis es wieder wirklich gute Sachen für mich gibt, die ich auch esse, muss ich aber leider noch ein bisschen warten…. 😦

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Ich bin eine Chaotin und da stehe ich zu, deshalb habe ich auch dieses Bild gepostet, mit vielen Fädchen, viel zu vielen Stricknadeln und zwei angefangenen Socken auf der aktuellen Ausgabe der Women’s Health, die auf dem Sofa rumlag. Habe ich nicht weiter oben gesagt, dass ich nur eine Sache gleichzeitig bearbeiten kann, stricktechnisch? Richtig! Aber die gelbe Socke ist so kompliziert mit so einem extremen Zopfmuster (es sind die Professor Higgins-Socken), dass ich noch eine mindless Alternative brauche fürs Fernsehen, Freundetreffen oder so.

Zuletzt bin ich immer wieder und immer noch beindruckt von meine Schallzahnbürste. Weil ich die erste Zeit in München war mit ihr und das Glas nicht dabei hatte, komme ich erst jetzt in den Genuss, sie über Induktion (zumindest glaube ich das) in dem Zahnputzglas laden zu lassen. Ein Wunder der Technik! Und dann zu Abschluss noch: Mein Foamroller! Ich habe viel mit Verspannungen vom unteren Rücken abwärts zu tun und das Ding (gemeinsam mit so einem kleinen, harten Ball, der quasi dazugehört, und den ich “Sohn Satans” getauft habe) ist unglaublich dafür! Yay!

#theaterkindtakesUK …

… First Stop: Brighton

(the one in which I ramble on and on about workout-pants and food)

I’ll start off my more in depth series about my recent road trip with the first stop of the UK portion of our trip, mostly because I want to put both of our short stays in Belgium together in the end of this series.

As I mentioned in my first post last week we arrived in Brighton around 9:30pm with raining pouring down – but we pretty muchDSCN1075 found a parking spot right in front of our AirBnb (which we booked like a week in advance after I’d found out that the camping site wouldn’t take us with an arrival past 8pm) which was not only very handy, but almost glorious.

We were greeted by our host and settle in our ‘home’ for the next two nights – a very cozy room on the top floor (kind of a former attic). Our hosts we super accomodating and even had parking permits for us to put in the car and maps – my Mom and I love us some maps….

Anyway – the next morning we were up bright and early (time difference! I’m very sensitive to that – I’m that person that is put off by daylight-saving for days!) and I went for a quick run down to the beach, along said beach for a while and then back up. ‘Up’ because Brighton is HILLY. I definitely learned that the hard way when I got lost during my run and found me running back on the same road I took down to the sea – and by “down” I mean DOWN!

After my run and a shower we had one of the coziest breakfasts ever in our room, during this trip I’ve developed a very extensive muesli-habit with ALL the ingredients and I’ve sticked to it up until today. At some point in the morning – probably around 10 we left our place and I took my mother to the sea – that’s one of the things I liked about running right the morning after you’ve arrived somewhere: you explore the area and in a very weird way I always consider myself a pro after that….

DSC_0056Basically when you went straight ahead from our Airbnb-place down to the sea you’d be more or less at the old pier I fell in love 10 years ago when the host family I was staying with for a part of my school trip in 8th grade took me along with their girls down to Brighton from London to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I guess I’ve always had a heart for old and broken stuff. We took a nice walk (wait for the other posts about that trip….that walk-thing will be a pattern…) along the beach to the pier and from there we turned towards the lanes – not without a quick stoll around the temple about which I’ve always kept telling one of my favourite memories from the trip down to Brighton 10 years ago when my host-mum asked when (when we were passing the temple in the car): “Lisanne, it looks like the Taj Mahal, doesn’t it?” Me: “Mmmh….I’m not too sure….” She: “LISANNE! Say it looks like Taj Mahal!” Me: “Yes, it looks like Taj Mahal.” Very funny.

The nerds we are we – of course took ALL the pictures of the temple from the outside, but didn’t go inside, because we turned more towards the lanes where we mostly did some window shopping except for when I walked into a Sweaty Betty store and left (quite a while later) with two pairs of workout-pants and with a ridiculous amount of money less in my bank account. The story behind that is that I’d been in the market as you say for a second pair of 3/4-length workout-pants and a long pair. I have this amazing pair of Lululemon DSC_0064Wonder-Under Crops which I love, and I was planning to buy a second pair plus a full-length pair since one pair of cropped pants isn’t really cutting it with my workout-schedule, if you know what I mean…So now Sweaty Betty instead. What really got me into the pants I bought was the fact that they both are reversible – so you basically get four styles in two pairs of pants. And especially the long pair came in very handy for long drives and short flights like the one I took to Vienna in the beginning of September (because on flights I do not proper pants. no way.). Anyway….as with most workout-clothes-stores I could have bought the whole store, because how pretty is all this clothing and I actually need a lot (the amount of workout-socks I own is ridiculous and still from time to time I’ll end up not having fresh socks to wear, oh well…). Enough of that workout-talk here, this is not the place. No.

My Mom was very much into the thought of having proper Fish and Chips which we got for her in a restaurant near the pier (Harry Ramsden’s) I found when I googled Best Fish and Chips in Brighton when I sat in front of a Itsu with my green smoothie across from a Boots and took advantage of the free Boots-Wifi.

After lunch we went a little more back up, away from the sea. I’d done some research beforehand and found a (what appears to be) independent health food store where I wanted to stock up on sugar free Provamel soya-yoghurt (#excitingtimes!) and took some time to go through ALL the raw snack-bars in order to find new things. Infinity Foods is located in the North Laine, an area that has gone from “slum” to hipster. There was an incredible amount of people, but Infinity Foods was probably the second best health store in went into in the UK – the best one being the one and only Whole Foods we tracked down in London. I stocked up on my favourite soya-yoghurt and bought a bit of the Coyo coconut yoghurt (which had me in awe a few days later….it was amazing, I’m in LOVE, everyone in the UK, go out and splurge and buy youself one of those! Right now!).

DSC_0075On our walk back to the place we stopped for a coffee up at Seven Dials (a kinda fancy roundabout close to our Airbnb) in a small coffee shop called Maple Café. Sadly they did not have a restroom when I was in desperate need of one, but they had vegan flapjacks and I can only tell you that I’ve developed a love for this stuff – I’ll have to try out all these flapjack-gone-“healthy” recipies on the internet (without refined sugar and stuff…). Plus the girls working there were AMAZING! When I went inside to pay for our coffies we chatted for a bit and I told them we’d be going to St. Ives the next day and one of the girls gave us a couple of recommendations because she said she was caming there every year! What a funny coincidence, right?

And because we are just as boring as we are we went home around 5:30pm and just chilled in the room, making dinner and stuff.

As I’m typing this this day seems pretty boring and random to me, but it was a great relaxed start for the UK portion of our trip. I swear.

Next week I’ll hopefully be back with a post about our four nights at a camping site near St. Ives, Cornwall.

Links and Recommendations:

If you don’t have too much time I’d say skip the lanes and head to North Laine. 🙂

Our lovely AirBnb-Place with all the warmest recommendations.

Sweaty Betty for the sporty female among you.

For good coffee and nice people in a not too crowded place: Maple Café

For the health-nuggets among you: Infinity Foods

#theaterkindtakesUK – an Overview

A while back I hashtagged many of my posts over on my instagram with #theaterkindtakesUK which was not really true since I didn’t really take the UK over by any means, but I did travel there during the last two weeks of August.

I can’t believe it has been a month now since we left, but it has been and now I decided I’d put on up a couple of off-topic (aka non-theatre) posts about that trip, because who doesn’t what to know about that morning I jumping-jack-ed out of the tent like a maniac not far from St. Ives? Or that time when ran around the camping-site 25 times and pretty much weirded out all the other folks? Or the time I made my Mama walk London for about 10k in one day? Or about the day we went and visited the real Downton Abbey?

To be honest probably noone wants to read about it, but I’ll tell you nontheless.
This post is going to be an overview about our itinerary and how I made it up.

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So – we went by car…or as we like to put it we took Jochen, that’s our car, out for a trip.
In short we drove the following route: Berlin – Antwerp (Belgium) – Brighton (UK) – St. Ives (UK) – Bath (UK) – London (UK) – Bruges (Belgium) – Berlin, which came up to about 3500 kilometers on the road with all the driving back and forth and the daytrips and stuff. And it was EXCITING!

Basically I came up with the idea of this trip in the aftermath of the Tony Awards (yes, right!) when my fingers almost klicked on the button to buy expensive plane tickets to New York the see ALL the shows and to get my portion of the huge #genderparity and #tesori2015-vibe. Right in the nick of time I suddenly realized that this would be more than just a little extravagant to go over to NYC three years in a row to spend a fortune….instead I decided to convice my mom of the little adventure we had then.

I have dreamt about a roadtrip around South-England for quite a long time now, but I never would have thought that it’d come around so soon. As a person who likes to think and plan everything through until she’s so scared she doesn’t do anything I was very, very chilled about that trip.

Basically I put up the itinerary in just a couple of hours with google maps considering how far we wanted to drive in one day (well….one drive was sooooo long I didn’t consider that all too well, but more on that topic later) and what we wanted to see.

Berlin – Antwerp

I put an overnight-stay in Antwerp in our trip because a) I’ve never been to Belgium – in fact I’ve never been to any of the more Western European countries with the exception of the Netherlands (and Spain….), I know SHAME ON ME, but from Berlin it’s kinda far away….but then: so are the US and Israel… and b) Antwerp is located very conviniently on the route from Berlin to Dunkerque which we chose over Calais as our port. We left at 4 in the morning and arrived there around noon. Not too bad, right?

Antwerp – Brighton

Well….in fact it was Antwerp – Dunkerque – Dover – Brighton. We left Antwerp around noon and drove about 2hrs to Dunkerque where we checked in and then waited. Driving onto the ferry was as easy as 1 – 2 – 3, driving off was a little bit trickier, since trucks were ALL around and…you know….driving on the other side of the road. The drive from Dover to Brighton was about another two hours and we arrived at our Airbnb place around 9:30pm. Originally we had planned to stay at a camping site near Brighton, but a week before we were schedule to arrive I was lucky enough to check back in on them and it turned out that they won’t take any arrivals after 8pm. In fact we were more than happy with that change of plans because it was dark, very very very dark when we arrived (and I’d never put up or tent before) and – YES! – it was raining. I liked to say that I couldn’t have wished for a more British welcome. In these first two hours of the UK part of our trip I drove through darkness, rain AND fog on what is for me the wrong side of the road. And we came out alive.

Brighton – St. Ives

Two nights after we arrived in Brighton we left it already early in the morning (not really, around 9am) because we had a long day ahead of us. We decided to drive mostly on smaller streets since we did want to see something of the country that wasn’t streets and streetsigns or other cars. It took us about 9 hours including VERY long queues in thick fog and me navigating the last twenty minutes in the good ol’ analogue way because apparently SatNavs fail whenever they are told to find a camping site….We put up our tent and arranged everything in about an hours and then we had a glorious cup of coffee. It wasn’t raining.

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We took down our tent and packed the car while it was pouring down like there was now tomorrow. I kid you not. We left at around 11 I’d say after we packed and dried ourselves off and got ready for the ride which took us about 4 hours. Our new camping site was very muddy but I don’t remeber it raining when we put up our (still wet…) tent once more. This time: 45 minutes until the coffee! Yay! And I went for a run around the site.

Bath – London

It took us longer to pack up then we expected since it wasn’t really raining, but our tent was still wet from the nights before and the dew….plus we packed everything super neatly. We left at around 9:30am and arrived in East London where our Airbnb was at around 1pm. Our SatNav send us all the way THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON and I had volunteered to drive. After that I’m not sure to many things can shock me. Really.

London – Bruges

Again, in fact it should be London – Dover – Dunkerque – Bruges. Since we wanted to have some time in Bruges we booked our ferry to leave at 2pm, so we left London around 10 to not have to hurry and there really wasn’t any need for it, the ferry wasn’t fully booked, there was good coffee near the waiting area (I’m talking soya latte here, folks!) and overall it was a very nice experience. The drive from Dunkerque to Bruges is a little more than an hours and with all those one-way-streets in the city center we had a little trouble finding a) our hotel and b) the parking lot we could park. But we did. Eventually.

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We left around 1pm and arrived back home around 9:30 I believe. Funnily enough we aren’t very into long breaks during our rides, even the superlong ride from Brighton to St. Ives we had only a toilet break at a gas station (two birds, one stone…) and a  short stop where we walked around the car a couple of times and then I took over the wheel (we like to go and stop briefly only for a couple of reasons: toilet break, gas/petrol, driver’s change, reached our destination) – however: we happened to have a almost 50minutes long break somewhere close to the Ruhrgebiet in Germany on our drive back and we didn’t even notice. Very, very strange.

But we were home!

So this was a rather short-ish overview of the driving portion of our trip.

Over the next few posts and / or weeks I’m planning on seperated posts to every stop of our trip like what we did there and where we went and what we’d recommend and stuff.

Alright?

See you then!

These are a few of my favourite things … August 2015

After a long time first with weekly recaps and then a long time with no recaps at all I introduced a new series of favourite-posts last month – the monthly ones. (yay!) Because when all these beauty-fashion-lifestyle bloggers can do these favourite-things, then why can’t a theatre-girl, right?

August was travel-heavy as I was on a proper vacation for the last two weeks of the month, I just came back on Aug 31st and now I am excited for September as it has some more travelling in the wings for me. But first: Let’s look back!

Favourite Night out with the Shows
In this past month there wasn’t that many nights out at the theatre – for outher people the 5 things I saw might count as many, but here….anyways….I had fun most nights of those 5. But I might have to say my favourite one was our first night in London when we went to see Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. Gypsy (as in the musical, not exclusively this particular production) will be part of my Master thesis as I have it in mind these days. I had seen a very small very re-imaginatory production 1.5 years ago (read what I thought about that one back then…by klicking here) but frankly I was not all too familiar with the show in depth. So when I sat there seeing it – after I’ve had a dinner of an almond banane smoothie and coffee at Whole Foods in Picadilly Circus – and it fit into my theory and into my MA thesis so well I grew happier my the minute. I know this is a kinda selfish thing to say, but do you know these moments when you’ve had a glas of wine before going to the theatre and everything appears to be so bright and nice and kind of cozy then? That was how I felt – only without the wine.

You could say I was rather happy.

In case you want to see what I thought about the other nights out this (and all the past months) head over to the Theaterkind facebook-page where I post a pic of most tickets / ticket stubs / programmes for every night out and write a couple of sentences about it. Here’s the album with my Tickets of 2015.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes
As we were on a roadtrip we listened to a lot of show tunes while driving (actually here’s a fun thing to do – think of ALL the songs from shows that include driving or mentioning travel. Comment below with your ideas, will you? Please? 😉 ). Our favourites were deifinitely Something Rotten, Finding Neverland (also VERY good for a rainy afternoon of knitting in the tent) and funnily enough Ich war noch niemals in New York which I saw right before we left for the trip and you can’t do too much wrong with a more camp-y version of good ol’ German schlager, right? No? No? 🙂

Favourite Thing on Twitter
As wifi is a rare thing on camping site I’m pretty sure I’ve missed a lot on twitter. But what I didn’t miss was the sad new about the sudden death of Kyle Jean-Baptiste who made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables (and history as the youngest and frist afro-american to step onto stay in the role of Jean Valjean which he understudied). Related to this I have to say my favourite thing was by AnnoyingActorFriend who decided to try and take one another challenge after his successful #dim4joan last year. His attempt was to get the Broadway League to dim all the marquees of all the Broadway theatre in honour of the young actor the New York theatre community had just lost and he wrote a short, but very touching post about why it is important: Why #dim4kyle is important.

And thank you that you’re so meta you blow your own mind and that I love you for your parody but I decided not to make a Smash reference here.

Favourite Youtube-Video
Again this wifi on the camp-site-thing….but what I watched TONS before we left was a probably illegally filmed video of a song from Ich war noch niemals in New York. I got addicted to it because DAMN, Sarah Schütz has got some pipes!

And I’m even a little bit more addicted to “Aber bitte mit Sahne” –

Favourite Moment
After the moment I woke up with a stomach-bug after a super fun night out with friends and some show tunes in Berlin (no, it wasn’t the alcohol, it was the vietnamese food I had before….) won’t make the cut in this category, I have a very big favourite moment that was about two weeks long. I’m thinking of the trip we just got back from. In two weeks we travelled the route Berlin – Antwerpen – Brighton (via Dunkerque and Dover….the ferry….) – St. Ives – Bath – London – Bruges (again, the ferry) and back to Berlin with Jochen, our car, packed with a tent, sleeping bags and all the bits and bops you need. We had a fabulous time and conquered driving on what is the wrong side of the road for us.

Who would like to read one or two little off-topic posts about that trip? Because I would certainly enjoy writing them!

Special Favourite: The Ugly-Cry (once again!)
I planned on featuring a changing special favourite of the month but after last month’s ugly-cry-favourite it’s already time for another one! The second show we saw in London was Billy Elliot (FINALLY!) and all I say is: Billy Elliot and THE LETTER! And Electricity (I even cry when I’m watching a video of a TV appearance of that song). And the reprise of The Letter. I cried so hard my chin got all wobbly and it probably looked like the pit of a nectarine.

Like this:

I hope you had a great summer (is summer already over?) – I have a little more ‘free’ time (haha, good joke) since I won’t go back to school before the end of the month.

What did you do?

Have you had any great theatre-related moments?

And don’t forget to comment the driving-travelling-songs from ALL the shows! 😀

#Tesori2015

On Why Theaterkind is Still Rocking a Kinda Feminist Tony-Motto on Facebook

(disclaimer: I know Playbill.com named last week #WomenInTheatre-week, but I’ll take it as someone pointed out early last week, when she said “Shouldn’t every week be #WomenInTheatre-week?!”. And I’m like hell, yeah!)

I think even way before the nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards had been announced a thing started on various social media platforms – in my eyes mainly on twitter and it might have been the girls from The Interval NY who started it in the first place.

The “thing” was a hashtag, the hastag #Tesori2015 to be exact. To me it meant “we” – what ever that very flowy and ever changing ‘we’ on the internet is – were rooting for Jeanine Tesori, the composer of Fun Home, to win the 2015 Tony Award for best score (together with Lisa Krohn). And although I’m German and (sadly) living MILES and MILES and MILES away from the place of action – that is: New York City – I was so rooting with them.

In the weeks from the announcement of the nominations leading up to the actual Awards there was a lot of talk and bringing up of statistics happening. Important and kind of shocking pieces of information were put up on the internet – like the one that Jeanine Tesori is, with her nominations for both Shrek (2008) and Fun Home, the female composer (for theatre) with the most Tony nominations in Tony-history! Or that – in case of her win – she’d be the first female composer from a musical theatre background to win. The first EVER female composer to win a Tony for best score was Cyndi Lauper in 2013 for Kinky Boots.

YES RIGHT!

2013 – the first EVER female composer. Back then it were the 67th Tony Awards.

And now 2015 #Tesori2015 really happened. And along with it also the history making fact that Fun Home won “Best Musical” as the first musical ever to be written entirely by women, focussing on a female character, having SO MANY amazing female parts in it.

I mean – really?! It’s been effing 2015!

As you might or might not know I’m all in for gender equality and gender parity and general awareness about these things not happening most of the time. And this is also why – as pathetic as it sounds – I was about to do something very, very stupid and impulse-buy plane tickets to the big ol’ city of musical theatre and be there, see the shows that created such a buzz. Long story short I didn’t do it. But I have plans….

Anyway….the reason why I am writing this is to say something about why I still hold the “#Tesori2015”-flag high, most prominently on the profile pic on the Theaterkind facebook page, even though it’s SO June 2015 and we all know two months is a CRAZY long time on the fast and ever changing internet. I think this might be a sign, some kind of slogan to keep reminding us about women making theatre history this year and also reminding us that we still aren’t somewhat near gender parity when it comes to who gets to be heard in artistic contexts – both in the US and in Germany as well.

I mean – we’re living in bloody 2015 and women have come so far and there are people saying we should be happy with what we have achieved and can do, but: NO. If I can choose to be happy about being able to open a bank account and being unhappy about women not getting the artsitic opportunities they mght deserve I most definitely will choose the latter.

I really want to raise awareness among all of us and keep us thinking about why some people get heard and recognized while some really don’t and why that might be having to do something with their gender!

And that’s it for my short-ish rant about women and Tonys and making histroy and non equality, in case you want to read some more about these wonderful topics I poped some links below….

read more about what the girls on The Interval do over here.

especially their project-ish article in which they quoted a lot of young women, including me, in theatre about the history-making Tony Awards 2015 over here.

and then I have some articles I wrote here on this blog about the lack of gender parity in German theatre. Namely here and here.

P.S: I just recently scrolled through a new jury for a new competition for young musical theatre writers and out of the 13 members there’s only one (in numbers: 1!) woman. And while I don’t want to imply with any word I’m writing here and these men aren’t great men in and for German musical theatre – they are and I am inspired by so many of them! – I’m also just like: REALLY?!?!

These are a few of my favourite things …. July 2015

People who have been around this blog for quite some time now might be familiar with a series of posts I was sticking to for quite a while. Weekly recaps noting my favourite things or just the things I did in general this particular week. When I changed schools last fall and transferred to my school in Leipzig while still living in Berlin this grew rather boring pretty soon. Because typing in “I was on the train for a HUGE amount of time” just wasn’t very…..interesting…..although the last one of these posts hasn’t been published all too long ago….(check it out here: My Week #50) So let me introduce you to a new series of favourite-posts – the monthly ones. (yay!) Because when all these beauty-fashion-lifestyle bloggers can do these favourite-things, then why can’t a theatre-girl, right?

Favourite Night out with the Shows

Actually this is quite hard….I had so many good and challenging and pleasurable nights out this month…Starting with not really July, but almost and nonetheless a special night, the opening night of our Freischütz from HMT Leipzig shown at Uni Jena where they host a Hofoper open air every year. It was cold and it started to rain rather heavily with about 7 more minutes to go and everyone had to be relocated into the university’s big auditorium, but still it was great to see all our singers weeks after our final performance in Leipzig. My classmate and I, we are definitely #overlyattacheddramaturgs! Other favourites of the month were seeing the graduation piece of my dear friend who is graduating from his MA dramaturgy program in Ludwigsburg this summer, having my mind shifted and queered while seeing Cabaret in Bad Hersfeld and – of course – the night I had with Lotte in Wetzlar.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes

Recently I returned to power-listening to Jesus Christ Superstar. I don’t know what this is saying about me….And I am OBSESSED with especially “Stronger” and the ensemble version of “Play” from Finding Neverland (found on spotify, until my copy of the CD arrives) – my love for “Believe” wore out a little after watching this video for about a hundred million times… What also kept me entertained was the Broadway Summer 2015 Playlist on Spotify promoted and hosted by Playbill.com. Good thing especially since I kind of suck with putting together playlists. Bad thing for a dramaturg, I know.

Favourite Read

Sadly I haven’t made much room for reading real books this month, but I love going trough all the answers young women in theatre gave to the question “What did it mean to you to see so many women win Tony Awards this year?” over on The-Interval.com – I am also featured with my personal answer. The Interval is a very favourite read of mine in general….let me especially recommend to you the interviews with Jeanine Tesori and Kelli O’Hara who both won Tonys this year with Jeanine Tesori making history in the #genderparity department.

Favourite Thing on Twitter

I can’t name one single favourite tweet of the month although @Actor_Friend’s tweet I’ve posted a picture of over on my facebook page is pretty damn hilarious. But my favourite hashtags however must be #drunkopera (where you put alcohol and opera titles together and have LOADS of fun!) and, of course, #YayHamlet because this is just so so so incredibly good marketing in the 21st century! (expect a post about that soon….) And on the same not, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been killing it on twitter lately, once again.

Favourite Youtube-Video

I’m not a big watcher of fun videos on there, but I watch ALL the show videos, usually. Lately I’ve returned to watching Emmy Raver-Lampman’s version of “All of Me” at 54below:

And Margo Seibert asking the single most important question of every single’s life:

And speaking of Youtube….if you want good music (sometimes new musical theatre songs from showcases) delivered by good performers in good quality from New York – go and subscribe to FamousInNY.

Favourite Netflix Watch

Mid-August my Mom and I go on a two week long road trip to South England (Berlin – Antwerp – Brighton – St. Ives – Bath – London – Bruges – Berlin) and I anticipation of this trip I’ve just binge watched the first season of Broadchurch on Netflix. Boy! Beautiful and so addictive!

Favourite Moment

It was a very dear friend of mine’s birthday (actually it was a number of my favourite people’s birthdays…) late this month and after he was giving me one of my most hysterical ugly cries in the last year with the small present he hid for me birthday back in February I wantd to give him something “special”, like a more ideally special thing. And I think, because seeing him open it and being excited about it, was very, very joyful! (and: has it brought you any bad luck because I gave it to you early?) Also seeing my amazing friend K. in Frankfurt mid-July when I was there for a dramaturgy students meet-up and meeting up with an aquaintance I’ve know for AGES (we’re talking me being 16 when we met!) what also very nice. In general July somehow was about meeting new people and I loved it. Plus: I got my own business cards. Only 50 of them for a start because I’m sure somethings will chance once I’ve graduated next summer, but….YAY! They are beautiful and I’m very proud.

Special-Favourite: The Ugly Cry of July 2015

This one is quite easy. People might know that – opposit to what I appear like – I can be quite a teary person. But I like to keep the tears either inside my room while listenting to something or inside a theatre. So when a friend of mine first shared “When your feet don’t touch the ground” from Finding Neverland with me on facebook there it was: my ugly cry of the month!

What were some of your favourites in July? I LOVE to get to know new things!