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#MusicMonday … Steal with Style

Long time no #MusicMonday, right?

Well, I settled into my new life in Wiesbaden and since I’ve been listening to one album obsessively since it came out last Friday this was destined to happen.

It’s not a secret that I am a fan of Steven Pasquale ever since he worked his magic in “The Bridges of Madison County”, right? Now the recording of his latest show, the Off-Broadway production of “The Robber Bridegroom”, was released and HELL YEAH! The most voice-magic probably happens during “Steal with Style”. So before you go off and listen to the whole thing (because the ladiest and other gentlemen on this CD are just as amazing) here are two short clips of of “Style with Style”.

Have a good new week!

 

 

#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!

These are a few of my favourite Things … September 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  – 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?

Let’s have a look back on my favourite in a month in which I spend three out of four weekends out of Berlin.

Favourite Night out with the Shows
Well…there was my school trip to Ruhrtriennale where we “saw” a production/ a musical staging (some would call it “concert”…) of Luigi Nono’s Prometheo. That was a very special experience. Looking back at it I can’t even quite put my finger on it why I have this special feeling about it and I guess this is kind of the magic of this work.

And I can name my least favourite night out! It was when I went to revisit the production of Ball im Savoy at Komische Oper. I didn’t like it the first time I went two years ago and this time it was no different. Plus: Some idiot(s) stole my bike. In Berlin-Mitte. Right in front of the Komische Oper. Yes. Right. That sucked.

Favourite Night in with the Show-tunes
Who isn’t buzzing about Hamilton these days, seriously? I reached that level of obsessed where I stayed home all day, knitting and listening to that recording when it was still streaming-only. And ever since it was avaliable digitally I listened to it whereever I went. With some small-ish breaks. But yes. And when I didn’t listen to it I had some of these tunes stuck in my head like crazy.

Favourite Thing on Twitter / The Internet
While I’m pretty sure I’ve spend a ton of time on the internet I can’t really say I have an absolute favourite on either twitter or the internet. But I’ll probably go with Laura Benanti’s article about miscarriages because I always love when people make use of their status to put our minds on a specific (important) – and yes, female, feminist – topic and I especially love when people who are known for being funny and who are loved for that quality open up about something that isn’t quite like that.

Chapeau, Laura!

Favourite Youtube-Video
An oldie, but goldie. I can’t every get enough of Dachshunds anyway. But a dachshund plus a stuffed-mechanical penguin? Yes, please! Anytime!

Favourite Moment
So many things made me happy especially in the end of the month. A friend of mine finally came out as gay to his parents and I’m so proud. I got asked to do something I’m thrilled about and very happy to do (it’s work related)! My friendship with another friend of mine grows and grows and right now I can’t imagine being without his friendship. I spend two hours on skype with a close friend and that made me happy for DAYS. And I went over to Frankfurt over the past weekend to see my lovely friend whom I met three years ago when we were attending the same class in our Haifa summer-school.

Plus: I met absolutely lovely people in the beginning of the month when I attended a workshop by kritTFM in Vienna and I had a splendid time.

Special Favourite: Favourite Activity That Isn’t Remotely Related to Theatre
KNITTING! I’ve knitted ALL the socks this month and I watched knitting podcasts on youtube which appears to be a thing in the knitting community. Actually I’ve returned to knitting during our trip to the UK and I think I caught the knitting-bug harder than ever. I’ve finished 6 (SIX!) pairs of socks in the month of September – which means 12 socks! 12!!!!

Look at a couple of them piled up…

What did you do?

Have you had any great theatre-related moments?

Or any favourite moments at all?

On why it’s okay…

….to splurge on theatre tickets (once in a while)

People who know me, know that I like a good old splurge once in a while.

It can be a handbag, a lipstick or an expensive item of clothing (I might have bought a pair of Italian wool pants a couple of years ago for MUCH too much money and most of what they’ve done was hanging around my closet, because they are now 2 sizes too big and I’m too lazy to take them to the tailor…) – but more often than not it’s about theatre.

Even though I just recently typed up a post about how to see Broadway shows without spending a fortune, I’ve left a TON of money over there, mostly because I get obsessed with shows easily and when I’m there and they are blockbusters and I want to see them I buy tickets in advance (hello If/Then, Bridges of Madison County – I’m talking about you!). And just recently I’ve purchased West End tickets and it hurt a little bit – mostly because I was too worried a) I wouldn’t be able to see Gypsy otherwise and b) wouldn’t be able to take my Mom to Billy Elliot. Plus: When you’re in London for 1.5 days and your last visit was 10 years ago when you were pretty much a kid anyways you don’t wanna spent your day in Rush Lines, do you?

But regardless of how much money I’ve spent on theatre ticketd abroad, I’m rather conscious about my theatre spending habits when I’m home. Party because I HAVE to be otherwise I wouldn’t be even close to be able to afford all the things I get to see – for this year it has been around 70 nights out seeing productions and it’s September. Even in the unusual event of going to see a show produced by Stage Entertainment I’m trying to wait for the big discounts and hunt down the best bagains – there might have been even some occasions in which I’ve stayed up for the sole purpose of getting the best bargain-tickets for a production some time last year.

I LOVE discounts and bargains. I think everyone does, but – and that’s gonna be my point for today – it’s also okay to splurge on tickets once in a while. It’s okay that – if you really want to see a show – you pay good money for it, it really is. If you know it maybe is your “big thing” of the year or it’s on a vacation or a holiday or something. Or maybe it just features an actor / a singer you’re the TOTAL fangirl for.

I’m not really sure why most people understand that it is okay to pay a lot of money to see like Madonna or Taylor Swift live on tour, but not for theatre.

If you are a not too frequent goer and you can afford it, go ahead, spend your money on theatre – it’s one of the best things to spend it on, really. If you can’t afford it, look at ALL the discounts, because even then theatre is a good thing to spend money on.

In my small little naive Theaterkind-world.

International Women’s Day

People who know me personally or are just familiar with me talking about what and how I (would) like to work usually know how much I am into everything ‘gender’ (this sounds so weird. SO WEIRD!). I’m getting a lot of my (academic) inspiration from what Judith Butler wrote, especially from Gender Trouble‘s second to last chapter. Basically 80% of my undergrad classes in my major dealt with gender and how we see bodies (on stages and I’m trying hard to keep in that way in grad school. While I am usually primarily thinking about how gender might be constructed in certain theatrical productions, in certain moments through music, action, dance, language….basically whatever you could think of.

A big part of my private personality is about being a feminist which (to me) means: I am all in for equality of all people. And if that means rooting for women for a while in order to get us (women, society) as far as we can get in equality – so be it. That certainly doesn’t mean I don’t like men or the work of men. In fact some of my very dear collaborators are male and I will continue to work together well with men. Why shouldn’t I?

But – and there is a big, big B-U-T!

If you have been following this blog you might remember my post about two major competitions held in (musical theatre) Germany these days I posted a while ago (if you don’t: check it our here!) and if you – aditionally or alternatively follow me on twitter you might have guess that I’ve recently jumped on the gender parity waggon, mostly because of the amazing (journalistic) work the ladies at The Interval do.

Actually this has – especially in musical theatre in Germany – bothered me for a while. While in most other genres of theatre women tend to become more and more likely to cover high(ish) positions – it isn’t the case with musicals.

What I wanted to leave here in order to celebrate international women’s day today is: The men in our community are doing good work.

But – and here it finally comes, the big B-U-T – let’s just raise awareness for now. May I ask you to – every time you go and see a show, will you read the names of creative teams and just take a moment? If there aren’t any women in it or if there are, it doesn’t matter. Let’s just think about gender parity in German musicals, okay?

And for those you are making the decisions: I would love to see women and girls encouraged to do work in our business.

I have a hard time starting out myself and I would LOVE to see and meet other young professionals working in/with musicals! But just for now I wish us all (women AND men) to have a fantastic women’s day which I will celebrate by going to Leipzig and see my college’s production of Songs For a New World.

 

Just in case you were just thinking I was making things up here or you need some kick to start thinking about gender parity in theatre, Frank Wesner took this impressive shot last Monday during the first preselection of works at the CREATORS contest I mentioned earlier and in the other post liked above. Pictured are the creators of the five new musicals featured in this preselection. Do I need to say more? 😉

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My Week #50, Feb 22nd – Mar 1st

what I saw
honestly? Nothing! I haven’t been to a single theatre-performance in two weeks. Haven’t been to the cinema although I should have gone, Into the Woods is finally out in Germany. I’ve been rewatching some German tv shows instead.

what I read
some essays about gender and camp and queerness in musical theatre for an upcoming class I might be “teaching” soon.

what I listened to
I literally have been obsessed with the opening of Lift by Craig Adams and Ian Watson – whenever I needed a little mood-lift (pun NOT intended) I listened to it. And you should, too. It’s on Spotify, fo there and just wait for that “Covent Garden”-passage. Some oldies in my list of favourites were listened to as well. Can we all guess which one that was? 😉

what I did
Right now I’m interning 5 days a week (I was only supposed to go there three days a week, but then my contract with one of my other jobs was not extended right away – which leaves me without a job for now. But that does not matter because….HEY….I’m an UNPAID intern right now) in the evenings I usually went to the gym, had two criminal dinner performances to manage and I went out with my loverly friend who came for a visit from Frankfurt! We had the bestest time! 🙂

Oh, and of course…..yesterday I freaked out in happiness a little bit….because: the Theaterkind facebook page FINALLY hit the 100 likes! I knew it would happen sooner or later. So, let’s make the 200 happen as well, right?


What did you do?

Have a great new week!

My Week #49, Jan 26th – Feb 1st

what I saw
a couple of things. First I saw the dress rehearsal of Der verreckte Hof, a musical theatre piece in Bavarian dialect. On the very same day I saw the second to last performance of Show Boat. Then the next day Company and then the following day The World Goes ’round, the evening of Kander and Ebb-songs. All of than happened in various spaces of Landestheater Linz in Austria.

what I read
the libretto of Der Freischütz to prepare for a new production.

what I listened to
Anything Goes, which makes a fabulous soundtrack for an overnight trainride. And Company. And It All Fades Away. On repeat. For a long time.

what I did
After two days of work in Berlin and a day of uni in Leipzig I took the overnight train to Linz, Austria, to attend the annual conference of the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft (dramaturgs’ society). As exhausting these long train-rides to and from were – they totally paid off. The conference was fun, although I didn’t agree with some points….and I had an amazing time meeting old friends and making new ones.


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week!

Music Monday … Fly into the Future

I wanted to put a new Music Monday up this week and I went through my old installments and realized I haven’t featured it yet? I mean: Really?

I’ve been full-on obesessed with this song for a good month now or longer. Anyway, I think it’s a great song about female empowerment coming around the corner all so sweetly, school-girly. I like that. A lot.

Listen, and repeat.

I actually am obessed enough to have started thinking about how to translate it into German – it really makes a good song in German. I swear.

 

Have an amazing Monday (night) and if you are on the East coast of the US, please stay safe.

What are you listenting to today? This week?

My Week #48, Jan 19th – 25th

what I saw
this may come as a kind of weirdo-thing, but I saw Shrek in Berlin again. Twice. Which makes – after the preview I saw in Düsseldorf last fall – three Shrek performances I’ve seen. And after the one I saw on Thursday I was so happy I was able to catch another performance on Sunday. It was very different, higher in energy and simply so much better. In between Shreks I saw Die taube Zeitmaschine, a production with hearing as well as (various states of) deaf performers for a hearing as well as (various states of) deaf audiences.

what I read
the New York Times.

what I listened to
oldies, but goldies: Shrek, Rent and Vanities. Most of the times.

what I did
My first semester in Leipzig is coming to an end! I had a presentation in one of my classes on Wednesday which needs to be finished next week, but still….On Wednesday also Legida was ‘protesting’ in Leipzig (for the people not from Germany/Europe: A protest-movement of ‘patriotic’ people was started in Dresden late last year protesting against foreigner and immigrants. Leipzig has a smaller, but more aggressive branch of it…) and the whole city of in a state of exeption – that definitely was a strange experience, especially since I got on the train and arrived in Berlin and Berlin mostly was like: “Oh boy! The S-Bahn isn’t going as it should!”


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week!

My Week #47, Jan 11th – 18th

I always wanted to save the return of the weekly review-posts for a year’s recap just as I did last year, but just now I really felt like writing a post and here it comes. The statistics of 2014 will come sooner or later. Promise.

what I saw
my lovely friend F. was nice enough to think of me when planning her visits at the Tanztage festival. While we were involved via school project with this festival last year (check out what I wrote about that here!), we went for fun this time. On Monday we saw an interpretation of Sacre we had already seen before and we couldn’t be bothered to like more than we did the first time seeing it – which wasn’t very much. The next day we went to see a performance by a former stripper giving everyone who wanted (or just didn’t say ‘No’) a lapdance and telling us about her work. I liked that performance quite a bit – partly because I’m all in for experiments (I did say no to that lapdance though) and partly because I hope my MA thesis is going to deal with sexwork in musical theatre. For the rest of the week I sticked to watching classmates rehearse for our showcase which happened on Sunday.

what I read
after 3.5 weeks I finished Nino Haratischwili’s amazing novel “Das achte Leben (für Brilka)”. 1275 pages of Georgian family stories that sucked me in so much I couldn’t even think about sleeping. That was definitely a book you read at night for ‘just half an hour’ and two hours later you still haven’t slept and have to wake up in 5 hours. Been there, done that.

what I listened to
Funnily enough I really felt like “It all fades away”. Loads of hours. Also I’ve gone back to Rent (the movie soundtrack) quite a bit. And Vanities is kind of my new-ish love.

what I did
This week was kind of a week of back luck. On Friday I first broke the key to my bicycle lock, then came home to no hot water in our flat, the my train was running late for my solo rehearsal on Saturday morning and in the evening I had to go to an ER because I was stupid enough to show my classmates how a burpee is done with no shoes on. Which lead to slipping and supporting my falling with my left hand. Which was swollen afterwards and still hurts like a….But other than that I had a good time with my classmates in Leipzig with our project’s showcase. But I also recieved very encouraging emails regarding my plans for this coming summer.


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 3 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week!