recap

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!

My Week #35, May 5th – 11th

As you might have noticed my writing motivations is kind of sucking right now, I have been sick for most of the last two weeks, in addition to that I was slightly put off by some things and I had some work to do. So little writing, but I’ll try to be better over the next week. 🙂

what I saw
Abendliche Tänze by Christoph Winkler, a “kind of” reconstruction of Mary Wigman’s piece of the same name.

what I read
some more 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, but I also did some serious binge-listening with a version of “Stroke by Stroke” from Jasper in Deadland Ryan Scott Oliver posted on Youtube a couple of days ago and I’ve shared on my facebook page. Plus I returned to listening to 35mm which was also written by Ryan Scott Oliver.

what I did
I was sick for a big chunck of this week and the one before, I mostly worked from home and yesterday I went to manage was might have been my last show of the season with Krimidinner.

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 #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!

My Weeks #31, Mar 24th – April 6th

what I saw
are you ready for some craziness? As you know I went to New York and we were seeing a bunch of shows.
I saw Once for a second time. Then one of my dreams came true by seeing Bridges of Madison County, Idina Menzel, LaChanze and Anthony Rapp in If/Then, the latest revival of LesMiz, Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster’s show Jasper in Deadland Off-Broadway, Violet, Bullets over Broadway, Beautiful, Rocky, the concert Aaron Lazar had at 54below and once more The Bridges of Madison County. I’ll try and get thoughts on each and every show up as soon as possible.

what I read    
Jennifer Tepper’s book The Untold Stories of Broadway. Once more, I’ll think about getting thoughts on that up as soon as possible.

what I listened to
mostly Parade and JRB stuff and I kept listening to the four released songs from the Bridges cast recording on Soundcloud over and over again. (I’m obsessed with ‘It All Fades Away’), but I also needed to listen to In The Heights and Violet and the newly digitally released recording of Beautiful.

what I did
Well….with that trip to NYC guess what. 😉 I went to see the city and breathe in the city and had incredibly nice talks and experiences with other fellow theatre-goers and embraced one of the languages I’m so feeling at home in once again. I am so grateful for having this opportunity and having been able to see all these shows and experience all the stuff (thank the Lord, that one day I have to decided to get fluent in English!) – which makes my personal as well as professional live so much richer!
I promise I’ll write a little something about New York outside of theatres. When the time is right.
Plus: I came up with kind of exciting ideas for this blog. Let’s see how they’ll be made real.

 

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 #30, Mar 18th – 23rd

what I saw
Gypsy at the Red Rose Club, directed by Martin G. Berger. For my thoughts on that clicke here: Thoughts.
Super Night Shot, Gob Squad, HAU 1, a little (rather) cool.
Iphigenie auf Tauris, directed by Barrie Kosky
Ohne Titel Nr. 1, (directed) by Herbert Fritsch, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz

what I read    
my lovely friend S. gave me a book for my birthday. Glücklich die Glücklichen by Yasmina Reza, I’m not too far in, but….

what I listened to
Big Fish, Violet and recently I returned to Bonnie & Clyde because I’m waiting for the Artus recording from St. Gallen.

what I did
I finished my Hebrew class and I liked it (if anyone for you is reading this: today at the gym there was a girl in front of me with לקוות tatoo-ed to her neck), I worked and went to see stuff in theatres and yesterday I got all messed by from my excitement to go to NYC next week!

My Week #29, Mar 10th – 17th

what I saw
Schwestern im Geiste by Thomas Zaufke and Peter Lund and the 3rd-year-students of UdK (thoughts on that coming soon!)
Dawn at HAU 3 (technically I haven’t seen it yet, gonna be there tonight)

what I read    
I read some small episodes from the Hebrew bible. And some other Hebrew texts.

what I listened to
on Thursday the recording of Fun Home came in the mail. And that’s basically what I’ve been listening to since then. Before there was some Violet (again that and Fun Home are by the same composer, btw) and some more Drew Gasparini.

what I did
I started a new Hebrew class. It basically is a two week intensive class, five days a week from 10am – 1pm. And I have super much fun speaking Hebrew again. Finally. On Tuesday my new mattress was delivered and a friend from high school came over. Basically this was a social week – I met four different friends for coffee or an afternoon snack or a post-work-tea. The weather is at least kind of great so I enjoyed running in the mornings and riding my bike to class across the city.

My Week #28, Mar 3rd – 9th

what I saw
Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
Jeremy Wade: Together Forever
Alain Platel: tauberbach

what I read    
I wish.

what I listened to
some here some there, I was intrigued by Peter Schmid’s latest Youtube post, check it out here: Another Day, Another Time. And Einstein on the Beach really made I Feel the Earth Move stuck in my head. And I really got caught again by Drew Gasparini’s I Could Use a Drink (“A little bit” is the song regularly playing in my head while running…for an hours, for one and a half hours…whatever) and Violet.

what I did
I changed my mobile phone plan provider (whatever you call this) and I celebrated the international Women’s Day with a kinda nice 13.4k run (It was nice for the first 12k, but the last one REALLY sucked) – but nonetheless I really want, that one day every woman on earth knows that she can be strong, physically and mentally (says the weird one with no heavy duty lifting muscles…).  And as I put it when I was talking with a friend: I’m back into the relationship with my on-off-on-off-on-off-boyfriend Hebrew. I signed up for an intensive class starting tomorrow. Level B2. Let’s see, grammar-wise it shouldn’t be a problem, but – oh, Lord! – the words….

My Week #27, Feb 24th – Mar 2nd

what I saw
I couldn’t concentrate on anything to see. Still am hooked by the Big Fish recording. But tonight I’m going to see Einstein on the Beach at Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

what I read    
a travel guide of Zurich came in the mail yesterday, read that. And otherwise: Stuff.

what I listened to
pretty much: Big Fish! And the other CD that came in the mail with my hard copy of it: Patrick Stanke’s second solo album. Nice listen.

what I bought
a new bike lock. and a new phone (which can’t use before next Friday. because I need a new SIM and I’m getting that only with my new contract…). And 54below FINALLY put a concert online for April 1st, the day we REALLY want to go since this is the day of my mom’s anniversary at her work, which is the cause of our celebration travel to NYC in the first place, and I wanted to reserve our tickets and make a dinner reservation and it wouldn’t work all day yesterday everytime a tried and when I tried again today it was completely sold out. We’re devastated (I know, guys, first world problems….).

what I did  
I ran, I worked out – since I’m not sick anymore. I met people for coffee and especially with my ‘old’ friend K. whom I haven’t seen in AGES was so nice!
Oh, and I handed it my application to the dramaturgy programme in Berlin. I guess everyone of you is now wishing me luck, right?