Overpowering Smell

On arrival in Cologne, I was instantly greeted by the imposing and formidable cathedral. But when I entered the beautiful building, it was not the visual splendor but the smell that hit me first – that all-too-familiar fragrance of frankincense that instantly thrust me back into my childhood. A tidal wave of nostalgia enveloped me…

What is good art?

Having had an interest in art for many years, this is not the first time the question – is that good art? – has crossed my mind. A Legend Is Born I recently went to Málaga, Spain, to visit some friends who live there. Unbeknown to many, Málaga is in fact, the town where Pablo Picasso was born and…

Matthäus-Passion

With Easter fast approaching, renditions of the Passion of Christ are a regular occurrence. A couple of weeks ago I managed to see the spectacular performance of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the Berliner Philharmoniker with the Preussens Hofmusik Orchester, the Berlin Philharmonischer Chor and the Staats- und Domchor. Never before have I heard the whole three-hour piece…

Hallelujah (Ein Reservat) by Christoph Marthaler

Having earned a highly respected reputation for inventive and distinct productions, director Christoph Marthaler was awarded the Hans Reinhart-Ring, the highest honour in theatre in Switzerland. His new production is showing now at the Berliner Volksbühne. Centered around classic country tunes, the piece is random and abstract. The cast are relatively amusing, with added expression provided from a number of…

Carmen – A Modern ‘Interpretation’

When deciding to go to see an ‘opera’ entitled Carmen, one would think they are going to a great masterpiece filled with drama, expressive costumes and those fantastic, classic, operatic pieces of music like L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera). The Theaterdiscounter however, provides the audience with something entirely different. With an ensemble of only five musicians dressed in identical…

Elektra at the Neuköllner Oper

This energetic, compelling and somewhat disturbing show is a modernisation of the original opera Elektra by Richard Strauss. Initially written as a drama in 1903, Strauss adapted it to become a one-act opera in 1909. While the plot is loosely based on an ancient Greek mythological story of family, murder and revenge, both Strauss’ adaptation…

London vs. Berlin

Five months ago, I moved from London to Berlin. I have been a bit quiet on my blog and Twitter due to adapting to the new life, learning the language and searching for a job. However whilst being silent online, I have constantly  been observing the society and culture here and I’ve been enlightened by…

AVENTURES | SUR SCÈNE | NOUVELLES AVENTURES

AVENTURES | SUR SCÈNE | NOUVELLES AVENTURES is a contemporary opera performed by the Berlin Staatsoper, combining works from German-Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel and Hungarian/Austrian composer György Ligeti. Drawing inspiration from these composers is particularly interesting and bound to have a fascinating outcome, due to Kagel’s attraction to a theatrical emphasis on musical performances and…

Caverne by Hicham Berrada at Wentrup Gallery

As visitors enter an unlit room in Wentrup Gallery, a former 1950s couture factory in Kreuzberg, they are exposed to the magical works of French-Moroccan artist Hicham Berrada. Specialising in contemporary art and installations, Berrada typically makes use of reacting chemicals in a creative and artistic way to produce visually spectacular masterpieces. Subsequent to his…

Geschichte at Schiller Theater

Audience members with no prior knowledge about the opera take their seats, unaware and bemused by the setting. The seating area is boxed in entirely; three white walls and one mirrored wall facing the audience. As the seats begin to fill up, the audience wonder whether the mirrored wall will open up to reveal the stage behind. This however, is…

Monika Grzymala – The Making of Forming Something New

Creating site specific work, Monika Grzymala transforms Galerie Crone with her second solo exhibition.  The Making of Forming Something New features Grzymala’s fantastically impressive and unique installations, as well as complex monochrome photographs and a large piece of paperwork. On entering the first floor of the exhibition, visitors are able to see this paperwork; a…

The Added Value of Working Alongside a Gallery – Panel Discussion

For the first time, TALKING GALLERIES and abc art berlin contemporary collaborate in a two day event coinciding with Berlin Art Week. As the name suggests, TALKING GALLERIES is a platform for the discussion of art galleries and their place in the art world. Over the two days, leading figures and professional experts of the art…