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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?

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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?

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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?

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Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #40, July 28th – Aug 3rd

what I saw
I went to see ‘Her’ at an open air movie screening. And still: Loads of Youtube going on….

what I read
I finished reading the book I mentioned last week (“Changed for Good. A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical”) – stay tuned for my thoughts on that…and a lot of (vegan) blogs online.

what I listened to
I went back into my iTunes library and dug out some things mentioned in said book. In the Heights for example which I love or Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

what I did
Reading, seeing friends, working out. Feels like I finally turned to ‘enjoy’ summer.

What did you do?

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Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #39, July 21st – 27th

what I saw
probably I should say too many videos on Youtube…because that’s how I roll these days.

what I read
as I posted on the Theaterkind facebook page I finally started reading Changed for Good. A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical by Stacy Wolf. Let’s see how I like it when I’m a little bit more into it.

what I listened to
just as last week the Broadway recording of Rocky and If/Then and I listened to the new recording of Violet a few times. And I am still amazed by how funny Bullets over Broadway is.

what I did
I did some very serious letter-writing for a private matter which I was very glad to get over with, I wrote a concept for a project-thing with a friend and went to Ikea to get picture frames. 🙂

What did you do?

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Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #38, July 14th – 20th

what I saw
Well….nothing. Theatre-wise. Sadly. But most of the theatres are on their seasonal break right now anyways.

what I read
Finished Yasmina Reza’s Glücklich die Glücklichen, finally finished that one and I quite enjoyed it, actually.

what I listened to
Mostly the same as mentioned in last week’s post, plus I’ve been into the Broadway recording of Rocky lately. I mean, there’s nothing like riding the bike across the city listening to Eye of the Tiger and being totally bad ass, right?

what I did
I went to Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart to see a lovely friend on Monday and returned on Tuesday, I worked and today I went for a little day trip to a lake near Berlin with two (also) lovely friends – both of these trips I enjoyed. Summery times ahead.

What did you do?

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Have a great new week starting tomorrow!

My Week #37, July 7th – 13th

Although the last week probably was one of the most boring and un-theatrical ones in my life I thought it’d make a good come-back to week in review posts. 

what I saw
I had SO MANY plans. I wanted to see three shows at Komische Oper. And I made it to none of them – which I am totally blaming the weather for.

what I read
I kind of got really into reading blogs! On the Berlin IronBlogger page I found some nice ones from my city for example Morgen wird Gestern. And in some other places I found some vegan blogs like Vegan in Berlin.

what I listened to
This is the exciting thing. Last Wednesday a huge parcel with CDs finally arrived! (I shared the contents of it in my most recent Friday-post.) Since then I mostly listened to the If/Then recording and the German recording of Next to Normal to find out how I really like the recording (in a very technical way. I know I like the vocal performances). Today I started listening to Bullets over Broadway and gosh, it’s funny!

what I did
not much except for working out like a maniac. And worrying about the current situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

What did you do?

The Theaterkind facebook page is only 7 away from 100 likes! Can we make it? That’d be AWESOME. 🙂

Have a great new week starting tomorrow!