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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

 

 

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#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…

 

Why blogging isn’t on top of my priority-list right now….

Folks…I might or might not have noticed posts have not been coming very frequently over here. There are various reasons, but only one of them is really interesting.

As of this week I started my second take on grad school, not in my home- and most recent town of studies, Berlin, but in Leipzig, about an 1-hour-highspeed-train-ride south from there. Earlier this summer I had been accepted to the Master’s dramaturgy programme, so as far as I can see I’ll be some kind of dramaturg in two year’s time. (this is so illusional, but still…). However I didn’t move to Leipzig but stayed in Berlin, because I have good work there, I have contacts and even though I keep complaining about the musical theatre community in Germany – in Berlin we probably are the closest to what that could mean in Germany. Plus I live in this fabulous living arrangement with my mother and can afford an one year unlimited pass to Deutsche Bahn.

Now I’m officially a commuter. As I am typing this I am on the train to Leipzig and I must say: I enjoy the trainrides. I always have.

However, now that I’m adjusting to my new schedule, my new workload and basically a new way of living, blogpost haven’t been coming that regularily and will continue to do so. I’ll try my best to keep up, but I can’t promise anything.

Just take this as a short “hi” from me. And the train. And Leipzig.
Read you soon, guys!

My Week #21, Jan 12th – 18th

so, this is my second weekly recap of the year. Not that many interesting things, but still….

what I saw
a very weird thing at HAU I was made to see by the teachers of my MA programme. When I drove there with my car it got relocated because apparently I am too stupid to read signs, yes. Well. And this morning I watched A Chorus Line with my mother.

what I read    
I made it! I did my assigned reading! About dancing and politics. Or moving and politics. Or something in between. It was nice.

what I listened to
It’s still the time of the 90ies musicals. Yay. I’m still not over Parade (note the insider joke which in fact isn’t even one…). And the era of Ragtime isn’t over (and yet, another one….!).

what I bought 
food. that my blazers are cleaned.

what I did  
managed one criminal dinner entertainment performance, yesterday. A nice one. The freshmen of the MA dance studies programme had a talkback stlyle thingy with the choreographers we wrote about. I worked. A lot, actually, because our frist annual conference is coming up soon (here’s a link to that!) and there are things to do…..

where I travelled
Berlin in oder to stick our posters to walls of university buildings.

I always have the feeling that January is by far the longest month of the year!
What about you?

My Weeks #20, Jan 1st – 11th

I’m summing up the first one and a half weeks of the new year in my usual Sunday post! (after two weeks of other Sunday post it’s back to normal today)

what I saw
two dance performances at Tanztage-Festival held at Sophiensaele Berlin. And I finally finished watching the 1st season of House of Cards. I went to the movies yesterday and saw Dancing in Jaffa with a very dear friend of mine.

what I read    
again, sadly, nothing. I’m too sad, can I please get back on the reading waggon?

what I listened to
this and that and I’m REALLY in love with Norbert Leo Butz’ “Memory and Mayhem”-CD. And I did some binge-listening of Parade and Ragtime. 90ies musicals, YAY!

what I bought 
food. And I’m guilty – although I committed to follow a fashion diet for 2014 – I bought a new blazer, I technically ordered in 2013, I just needed to get another size. And I preordered the Big Fish OBC (together with the Shrek filmed on Broadway DVD and some other CD I can’t remember right now…). It should arrive just before my Birthday and I have a chilling-CD-listening-party planned out for me and my girls.

what I did  
I attended our criminal dinner entertainment Christmas party on 4th of January and it was actually fun, I had a nice discussion with one of our new actors. Went back to class and it was weird and worked. (the movies, the movies – going to the movies is always exciting for me, cause I don’t go often) And some working out went on….

where I travelled
haha! I actually rode my bike quite frequently.

How did you spend the first 1.5 weeks of the new year?
How did you like going back to school/work after Christmas break?

My Week #14, Nov. 4th – 10th

what I saw
people. and a whole bunch of Youtube-Videos.

what I read    
texts for my studies. random stuff on theatre websites.

what I listened to
Man of no Importance, Shrek, 3 Musketiere….

what I bought 
yarn.

what I did  
I caught a cold and now I’m coughing like nobody’s business. Managed two performances in a row, went to some lectures of a summit being held in my school, had extensive coffee time with a lovely friend! And I got some knitting done.

where I travelled
to and from Rostock for work.

I promise, next week’s recap will be much more interesting theatre-wise because I’ll start to see things again next week.

My Week #10 Oct. 7th – 13th

what I saw 
sadly I didn’t make it to see any theatrical performance at all. So all I was left with was the latest episodes of the TV shows I watch.

what I read    
MIchael Riedel’s theatre column. random news on the internet.

what I listened to
basically all I listened to was the recording of First Date I brought home from NYC as well as “Wheels of a Dream” from the original Broadway recording of Ragtime. And “Fight the dragons” from Big Fish which I found some videos of…

what I bought 
an avocado! Yay!

what I did  
I de-jetlagged. I worked two nights, worked at my university job and I met my new classmates for the first time. We’ll see how they are next week.

where I travelled
Rostock, Baltic Sea. For work, we drove up there and returned the same night after the performance.

The “Why Hebrew?”-Confession

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Since my first semester at university there is one question asked the most:
Why are you studying Hebrew?

I like to answer: Because it was possible.
Of course that is not even close to a ‚nice’ answer. I mean, I wouldn’t like getting that answer at all if I were the one asking. But it gives a nice hint to what my motivation was.
In the very beginning I wasn’t like: Wow, I love the middle east!
Or even: I like the forms of theatre they have in Israel – so let’s learn Hebrew to understand them!
I was more like: Well, they have nice a nice alphabet. Let’s try that!

To be honest I bought one of these study-by-yourself books for Hebrew and I taught myself some (VERY little) when I was about 16, but I basically forgot everything before I started learning Hebrew at university.

My university offers a very small minor-programme for Hebrew language only (which otherwise is a part oft he Judaism-major-programme) and a friend of mine (whom I got to know in a Hebrew intensive after my third semester) and myself we are – as far as I know – the only ones who started that programme and are still doing it.

So I enrolled in that programme because it seemed appealing.
In the first two semester I had Hebrew class three times a week. In the early mornings, in the 8 to 10 am slot – after I spend a year working in theatres and slowly teaching my brain not to work before 10 am. Yay. But somehow I did well. First semester modern Hebrew (Ivrit) and I so loved. I fell in love with that language like right from the start! (after I kind of checked how to read that – without the vowels and stuff….)

Second semester biblical Hebrew. That was even better in some parts because – hey, the stories are much better, weirder, funnier. J

From the third semester on I had a different teacher and only one class a week. (which was – actually good, because I kind of didn’t like that teacher…), modern Hebrew again.

After my third semester I took a Hebrew intensive class for three weeks, five days a week for hours a day taught by two Israelis, one constantly living in Berlin, the other one living in Haifa and coming over fot teaching….In that intensive I kind of first started speaking Hebrew (because I tend to not speak a foreign language until I know I can speak like five proper sentences unless someone makes my speaking). That was last spring. Two and a half months later I travelled to Israel for the first time with a German-Israeli youth exchange (yes, for them I’m still „youth“….well….) and I had plans to spend August completely in Israel.

I really wanted to enroll in the August intensive programme Hebrew at University of Haifa. But before I did so I applied for a scholarship programme provided by my hometown university and the DAAD. I got the scholarship – the money they gave me covered basically the tuition and housing fee at Haifa – and so I was able to spend a month in Israel, three and a half weeks at Haifa University in a lovely class in Rama ה with the best class mates. We were the only class in that programm consisting of girls only with the only male teacher in the programme. I guess especially during the last week or so our Doron had a hard time with us, but we had fun. And I learned a lot.

But now I’m like: Have I ever been able to speak Hebrew? Did I ever know that language?(because I don’t have to take Hebrew anymore at my university, I could my Haifa class get count)

To conclude and write something suiting the headline: I still don’t know why I had the feeling of needing to study Hebrew, but here I am and I love it. (not the My-Hebrew-is-bad-stuff, but the I-know-Hebrew-stuff….) 😉

What are you going to do with THAT?

*Disclaimer: Irony included*

Imagine:

People ask: So, what do you study?
You answer: I’m a theatre studies major.
People raise an eyebrow. Some people think: There is such a thing?

But your answer continues: And I’m also studying German literature (at this point people usually don’t care anymore) and Hebrew (they raise the second eyebrow).

People ask (after you explained that NO, you WON’T be an actress): Well, nice – but what are you going to do with that one day?

Now you have two options:
a) Say the truth:
I want to be a dramaturg, I’m not sure I’ll get a job, but I really like what I’m doing. And I just don’t care about anything else.

b) Lie:
Well, there are some very nice and secure options. As everyone knows theatre studies graduates are very very rare and everyone wants to employ them. They’re like the biggest deal. Haven’t heard of that? Oh – I’m so sorry!

but most of the people will think:
She’s gonna be unemployed. And we will pay for her food. Because the state will be. F*ck the theatre studies majors!

what they will say is:
Nice! Interesting, it must be so fun to go tot he theatre all the time.

what they mean by saying that:
I can go to, see theatre performances. Everyone can. Why does she have to study that?

As if that theatre studies part wasn’t enough – when I mention Hebrew people go all crazy about that.

They say: What? Why Hebrew? Are people speaking that anymore?

To the last question the answer (of course) is:

Yes, I heard people doing so, I have friends speaking Hebrew as their first language!

The other one: That’s to totally different story. I’ll tell you another time.

So – stay tuned. For my: Why Hebrew?-Confession. 🙂