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#MusicMonday … Letters

Eine neue Woche, ein neuer #MusicMonday!

Meine derzeitig Begeisterung für “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” ist spätestens nach meinem Artikel vor anderthalb Wochen kein Geheimnis mehr. Die Casting-Stunts und das damit verbundene Drama machen mich ein bisschen besorgt, dass – sollte ich tatsächlich im März mal wieder nach New York kommen – ich das Stück schon nicht mehr zu sehen bekommen werde. (und wer dieses ganze Drama verpasst hat, der mein lieber Niklas hat dazu bei Kulturpoebel einen Kommentar geschrieben)

Wie dem auch sei, lustigerweise habe ich meinen erste Zugang zu diesem Stück nicht durch das humoristische Opening (ich erzählte davon…), sondern durch einen weniger lustigen, dafür dramatischen Song gefunden, der während der Zugfahrt von Wiesbaden nach Berlin zu Beginn meines Urlaubs in ENDLOSSCHLEIFE lief, die Rede ist von “Letters”.

Abgesehen davon, dass ich Briefe privat auch ganz toll finde (auch wenn man sich manchmal vor dem Lesen drückt…), leistet dieser Song einmal mehr ganze Arbeit, die vielen verschiedenen Figuren miteinander zu verknüpfen, jeder ihren Raum zu geben und die richtigen dramatischen Spitzen zu setzen.

Was mich am meisten berührt: “Dear Andrey….what more can I write after all that has happened?” (vor allem die Pause, die für das, was das Metrum wie auch alles Vorangegangene erwarten lassen, unendlich lang ist, dass es schon fast plakativ ist)

Das größte Ohrwurm-Potenzial dieses Songs: “Natalie, Natalie, Natalie, I must love you or die” (ich geb’s zu, ich bin Freundin von latent fatalistischen Lyrics)

Ich wünsche euch allen ein gutes Hören und gut gespitzte Ohren in der neuen Woche!

#MusicMonday … Jericho

Long time no #MusicMonday, right?

Dabei hat mir das Ausgraben bzw. Entdecken von neuer Musik, neuen Youtube-Clips immer Spaß gemacht – nicht zuletzt auch, weil es meinen eigenen Horizont immer wieder erweitert hat.

Über das heutige Video bin ich gestolpert, als ich vor einiger Zeit von Video zu Video von/mit Performances von Kerstin Anderson gehüpft bin. Sie wiederum habe ich als Villa in Ryan Scott Olivers Konzertfassung von “We foxes” via Youtube kennen gelernt und dann…naja…wie es halt so geht: eins kommt zum anderen und dann vergisst die automatische Wiedergabe des nächsten Videos auszustellen und dann kommt man zum heutigen Video.

Abgesehen, dass ich voll auf die Ästhetik stehe zwischen geringer Tiefenschärfe, den großen Glühlampen an der Lichterkette, die Klavierbegleitung…der Song holt mich auch ein bisschen in der meiner Bibel-Nerdigkeit ab, die noch aus meiner Hebräisch-Lern-Zeit übrig geblieben ist – auch wenn Jericho wohl eher aufs neue Testament anspielt und deshalb nicht so viel mit Bibelhebräisch zu tun hat. Klickt man sich auf dem Youtube-Kanal des Komponisten Ethan Carlson weiter, findet man auch noch eine andere biblisch inspirierte Songs – Jericho ist dabei einer meiner Favoriten, gemeinsam mit dem (bei einem Konzert ebenfalls von Kerstin Anderson gesungenen) Nazareth…anscheinend neige ich hier zu Songs, die nach Städten im Nahen Osten mit nicht ganz unproblematischer Geschichte benannt sind. 🙂

Viel Spaß beim Hören und einen guten Start in die neue Woche!


This week my song for #MusicMonday is Ethan Carlson’s Jericho, sung by Kerstin Anderson in this gloriously aesthetic video. You can also check out his other bible-inspired songs on his Youtube-channel, one of my other favourites definitely is Nazareth.

Have an amazing week and happy listening.

#FavouriteFriday – Musikimport

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Wenn ich meinen Soundtrack des Sommers beschreiben müsste, würde ich sagen: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet, Hunchback of Notre-Dame und Georgia Stitt gewürzt mit einer großen Prise Dear Evan Hansen und “One Day” aus Groundhog Day.

Ich habe mich während der Off-Broadway-Spielzeit nicht besonders für Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 interessiert – zum großen Teil, weil ich einfach nicht wusste, was sich hinter diesem Titel verbrigt. (Schuldig im Sinne der Anklage!) Und dann hat’s mich auf meiner Fahrt aus Wiesbaden nach Berlin einfach eingeholt.

Wenn ich ganz ehrlich bin, gewinnt der Score schon in dem Moment, in dem man mir als erste gesungene Worte des Stücks “There’s a war going on out there somewhere – and Andrej isn’t here” präsentiert. Like: Ok, I don’t know anything about Andrej, but apparently he isn’t here” – das ist schon wieder ganz mein Humor. Was sich im Anschluss an diese Zeile entfaltet, ist quasi eine Tolstoi-Extravaganza: Es wird Krieg und Frieden, das Monster-Werk der russischen Literatur, verhandelt (“It’s a complicated Russian novel, everyone has got nine different names” – auch hier wieder: mein Humor). Es wird viel gelitten, euphorisch geliebt und dramatisch intrigiert.

Neulich habe ich in diesem Artikel in der New York Times gelesen, dass The Great Comet eindeutig auf der Bühne besser sei als auf CD, und das glaube ich tatsächlich auch – zumal ich vergangenen Sommer Rachel Chavkin’s Inszenierung Hadestown am New York Theatre Workshop habe sehen können und ihre Arbeiten anscheinend gern die traditionelle Trennung von Bühnen- und Zuschauerraum auflösen. Wenn ich mir jetzt quasi versuche, Hadestown in den Dimensionen des Imperial Theatre mit weniger antik-griechischem, dafür mehr 19. Jahrhundert-russischem Drama vorzustellen – HALLELUJA, YES PLEASE!

Dennoch finde ich die CD auch ohne Bühnenspektakel ganz ganz großartig, man kann sie tatsächlich auch gut beim Sport hören (und wenn wir Showtunes-Kinder ehrlich sind, ist das das einzige, was zählt…kleiner Scherz) und “Dust and Ashes”, in dem Pierre seine Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens artikuliert, hat schon einmal dafür gesorgt, dass ich vor dem Konservenregal im Edeka anfangen musste zu weinen (das ist KEIN Scherz).

der beste Einstieg: man mag es kaum glauben, aber es ist tatsächlich der Prolog.
Was man unbedingt hören muss, wenn man keine zwei Stunden Zeit es, es einmal komplett zu hören: Natasha & Bolkonskys, Dust and Ashes, The Ball, Letters, Preparations, Pierre & Natasha
die Nebenwirkungen: man will irgendwie dann plötzlich “Krieg und Frieden” lesen – ich ‘musste’ zumindest in meinem Urlaub an der Mecklenburgischen Seenplatte die neue deutsche Übersetzung kaufen. Nur leider schlafe ich immer ein.

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

 

 

Music Monday … with no music?

Late night #MusicMonday?

Yes, please!

After a weekend full of talking, meeting and sitting on trains travelling across the country (Berlin – Stuttgart – Hanau – Leipzig – Berlin in four days) I’m back home and thinking about music. (no, that’s wrong: I’m thinking about my MA thesis and about stuff.)

Anyways – I really don’t have to share a song with you today. I listened to Hamilton A LOT this past weekend plus whenever the wifi on trains was working I took advantage of my iTunes music subscription to listen to the Jasper in Deadland album that was just released last week.

 

So today I ask you: What are you listenting to these days? What’s your favourite musical theatre associated song theses days? What’s something you return to over and over and over again?

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!

My Week #34, Apr 21st – 27th

what I saw

two (dance/movement) performances during the IN ZUCHT Festival by HZT Berlin. And tonight I’m gonna see a third one as well as Gob Squad’s Western Society at HAU 2.

what I read    

Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the first three interviews from Lyn Cramer’s book Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers.

what I listened to
The recording of The Bridges of Madison County – what else?

what I did

not too much exciting things. Met a couple of friends and spend the Monday after Easter Day on a bike ride with my Mom.

And I finally had another Krimidinner performance to manage yesterday. Yay!

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!

My Week #33, Apr 14th – 20th

what I saw

Common Ground by Yael Ronen and Company at Maxim Gorki. The 30th show/performance I’ve seen this year! Common Ground is – in my opinion – this strongest of the three company-productions I’ve seen under the ‘supervision’ of Yael Ronen.

Sarg Niemals Nie – a rather German performance of contemporary musical theatre. It is funny, a very German sense of humour and I had fun although I had some trouble with my ticket beforehand and I was hungry and had a headache (all these cliché girls stuff…)

what I read    
I actually read the novel The Bridges of Madison County and – oh boy! – weird. But a quick and easy read on a Sunday….

Heiner Müller’s Hamletmaschine which I’ll read again after I read the original Shakespeare Hamlet once again.

what I listened to
The recording of The Bridges of Madison County was released digitally last Tuesday and that was it. I’m literally glued to everything that actually plays music, it’s playing non stop. (exept for working and workign out in fitness classes and stuff) Just for a mere 20 minutes or so it was interrupted by the Beautiful recording.

what I did
I met a lovely friend whom I haven’t seen in a while and we had extravagant hot chocolate and a great talk about (musical) theatre and Germany.

Actually I had a pretty great time with other people in general – I tend to enjoy the company of others more in springtime.

 

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!

My Week #32, Apr 7th – 13th

what I saw
Martin Nachbar’s reconstruction-reenactment-lecture-performance-mash-up Urheben Aufheben at Sophiensaele – including a pre-show lecture held by the woman who graded my BA thesis last year…

the last performance of Xerxes at Komische Oper Berlin (at least for this and the next season) – although it was marked as sold out we scored great tickets at the box office rush.

She She Pop’s latest performance Frühlingsopfer in which they are performing with their mothers.

what I read    
not as much as I would have liked to be reading, but I bought books I need for my admission exam in May.

what I listened to
the concept recording of Frank Wildhorn’s Artus – Excalibur which I’m going to see in St. Gallen next month, the Beautiful OBCR (especially You’ve Got a Friend, I Feel the Earth Move and Beautiful) and when I found a website where you could get sneak peeks of the gorgeous recording of The Bridges of Madison County – and that was actually the end of a weekend not listening to music. 😉

what I did
I brought home not only the things I bought in NYC and a bunch of playbills, but also a cold – so once the cold got started I was mostly hanging around listening to music. I also took a placement exam for an English class at university and then applied to said class and got into “Advanced English for Academic Professionals 1a” – weird name, but it starts next week and I’m excited, because I kind of enjoy taking language classes with high levels (I really don’t seem to enjoy beginners’ classes – I remember failing miserably in learning Russian….). For the weekend my loveliest of all former co-workers (from university) came to Berlin for a visit. We had a ball seeing Xerxes together! Plus I spend the Saturday with two other very dear friends. (note: as soon as my cold wore off I had a rather good time.)

 

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!

Favourite Friday: Seeing the Joy

During Beautiful (both, the show AND the song!) I was lucky enough to be able to see both Jessie Mueller in her long blue dress at the grand piano AND the conductor Jason Howland. I could also see that the piano wasn’t so much of a piano, it was pretty much castrated (what would the Girl of Once say to that? 😉 ) – but I guess still mostly everyone agrees on Jessie Mueller doing an amazing job mimicking playing the piano.

Anyways, during this impressive piano-part towards the end of the song – I was able to see the joy of making music and the joy of acting as if one is creating music and, most of all, the love for music.

And this, my friends, is an important part of the theatre communities across the globe: We (mostly) love what we do and with some people you are lucky enough to see that!

You can get a sense of Ms. Mueller’s part of loving the music in this video!

What do you love?

Are you able to do what you love most?