week in review

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!

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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!

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!

My Week #46, Oct 12th – 19th

what I saw
over the last couple of weeks when I took a break from these weekly recaps I didn’t see all too much (the German production of Bonnie and Clyde will get a special blogpost hopefully up next week…), but this past week I’ve seen plenty of things.

I attended the first installement of the ‘new’ schreib:maschine an open-stage-kinda-thing for musical theatre writers.

On Thursday some of my new class mates from Leipzig came over to Berlin for a litte visit and we went to see Tee im Harem des Archimedes, a play at Deutsches Theater.

On Friday we went to see Christoph Marthaler’s latest project at Volksbühne Berlin: Tessa Blomstedt gibt nicht auf. Featuring a lot of cheesy songs and being hilarious and out-going and very quiet at the same time, but attracting a weird audience.

And yesterday I went on a little adventure to Düsseldorf to see the last preview of the German production of the Shrek musical.

what I read
sadly reading and I took a little break, I read parts of of a book called “Oper als Aufführung” and magazines.

what I listened to
Because I saw Bonnie and Clyde late last month I went through a massive phase of listening to the Broadway recording of that. I got a little into listening to Andrew Lippa’s Little Princess and, of course, I listen to everything I can find from Jasper in Deadland.

what I did
For the first three days of this week I worked with the very first call for participants of this year’s Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin. Then: Working, finally some working out again and as mentioned earlier yesterday we jumped into the strike to hop on our train to across the country to Düsseldorf. Before that I spend enormous amounts of time on trains to and from Leipzig, but to be honest I really enjoy commuting. 🙂


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 6 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #45, Sept 8th – 14th

what I saw
nothing, I was lazy. But, wait: I spend my Sunday watching a couple of old Tatorts…

what I read
I started reading the second installment of Thomas Mann’s Joseph-books and I just really don’t get into it….

what I listened to
still loads of Sunset, a little bit Anything Goes and Giant (the Off Broadway recording with Brian D’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin)

what I did
dropped into the final week of rehearsal of our new criminal dinner entertainment production twice, spend one afternoon/evening at the office to help prepare the opening which was on Saturday and then I got sick and had to stay in bed with a fever on said Saturday – which sounds totally like me, oh boy! And I got through a dentist appointment.

Plus something very exciting: I kind of finished my first ever translation of a song from a musical!! (Yay!)


What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 6 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week(s) #44, Aug 25th – Sept 7th

what I saw
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in Tecklenburg directed by Andreas Gergen
a sneak preview at the cinema which made us watch Hercules
and a musical theatre project by Christoph Marthaler at Staatsoper Berlin called Letzte Tage. Ein Vorabend

what I read
Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated
the first of Thomas Mann’s four novels focusing on Joseph from the bible: Joseph und seine Brüder
and a book I bought when I was in Frankfurt, Arnon Grünberg’s novel with the (German) title Der Mann, der nie krank war

what I listened to
loads of Sunset Boulevard while walking the streets from Frankfurt, a little Rocky riding my bike across Berlin and I finally made time to give a proper listen to the Nice Fighting With You-album from the concert series of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

what I did
I saw friends which I enjoyed and made me think of how grateful I have to be to have so amazing friends! And I did some travelling of course, a lot of changing trains was going on, but I reached everyone of them and everything worked out just fine.

What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 6 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #43, Aug 18th – 24th

what I saw
as far as theatre is concerned I saw three performances during the Tanz im August festival:
Michael Clark Company: animal/vegetable/mineral which was quite nice to watch but wasn’t a very ‘occupying’ thing if you know what I mean
La Veronal: Siena which left me with quite a few questions because so many things just came along as “Why? THAT’S WHY!” sort of elements.
and lastly Rosas & Ictus: Vortex Temporum which I enjoyed the most of those three. Actually, I liked it quite a bit.

And then I binge-watched the first season of The Paradise which a friend wanted me to watch. It took a bit until I was hooked, but I liked it – although it’s not as shiny and the people are not as pretty as in Mr. Selfridge – which is a horribly superficial thing to say. 😉

what I read

I read two essays in a journal/magazine called Studies in Musical Theatre, as well as another essay by Hannah Arendt about politics and Saša Stanišić’s Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert, which another friend recommended.

what I listened to
pretty much the same things as I did last week. Summer-listens.

what I did
nothing all too exciting. Sadly. But there are quite some exciting things to come up soon.

What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 5 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #42, Aug 11th – 17th

what I saw
nothing all too exciting. Youtube, as always, and iTunes keeps uploading one episode of the 2nd season of Mr. Selfridge at a time. So I’m rewatching these. (we’re almost finished though, this past Friday s2ep8 rolled around…)

what I read
I once more had a week ‘locked up’ at the library. Although I took some time to do some work-stuff (my freelance-stuff as well as some assigned work from my job at uni), my reading added up once more.

I finished Christa Wolf’s Ein Tag im Jahr im neuen Jahrhundert in which she describes the 27th’s of each September between 2001 and 2011.
Then I read her last novel (which was published before she dies in 2011) Die Stadt der Engel oder: The Overcoat of Dr. Freud which is set during her time as a scholar of an arts centre in Los Angeles. And then I finally read Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem which I meant to read since the Hannah Arendt-biopic came to the movie theatres in early 2013. Now I finally did it!

what I listened to
Oldies but Goldies. In the Heights, If/Then, Bridges of Madison County.

what I did
A lot of reading (as you might have been able to tell already), working, working out (I ran 16k on Wednesday!) and I went to a Breakfast market with my sister today.

What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 5 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #41,Aug 4th – 10th

what I saw
I went to see the Jersey Boys movie. And I spend one night knitting and (re)watching an episode of House of Cards. (very summer appropriate)

what I read
As I spend most of my time in the library I read quite a lot (it added up to more than 1000 pages):
Hannah Arendt: Über das Böse. (“Some Questions of Moral Philosophy”)
Hannah Arendt: Macht und Gewalt. (“On Violence”)
Christa Wolf: Kindheitsmuster.

And I started to read Christa Wolf’s Ein Tag im Jahr im neuen Jahrhundert.

what I listened to
In the Heights. All the way through the week. It’s summery, isn’t it?

what I did
Reading (a lot), writing (too little), knitting (how on earth?! It’s summer!), meeting people, having my friend F. over for a nerdy Saturday afternoon reading session and spending my Sunday afternoon on a joined birthday party of two friends/colleagues where I met old and new friends and had a good time.

What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 5 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!