Every year the world’s top choirs, orchestras, conductors and solo musicians descend on the picturesque city of Dresden for one of Europe’s most spectacular classical music events.
How do you fancy attending a show where you, the audience, become the show? We’re not just talking audience participation here, but an audience of one, lying on a couch, having a performance played out on his or her body. This is just one of the performances taking place throughout May during the third annual ‘Month of Performance Art – Berlin’. Over 150 international artists are taking part in the festival, and the acts – which range from video installations to dance to live tattooing – are as diverse as the locations.
Performance art is not everybody’s cup of tea, but just imagine what would happen if performance artists did not have such platforms [READ MORE]
“When I was a boy, the only thing which captivated me as much as music was the night sky,” says award-winning British virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope. On Tuesday 30 April, Hope will be in Berlin to perform his most recent album, Spheres, at the former public baths in Wedding (Stadtbad Berlin) which is now an exciting venue for urban art, culture and music. The album is inspired by the ancient philosophical notion that the movement of the planets and other celestial bodies and their mathematical relationships produces a form of music, or ’musica universalis’ [READ MORE]
This wonderfully odd and little known curio is a film that is difficult to categorise – is it a crime melodrama, a romantic drama, a screwball comedy, a musical, or a social commentary? Perhaps a little of all of these, and a taste of the sort of flavour the German émigrés working in Hollywood before the war would lend to the films they had a hand in from there on in.
The pairing of emigres from Nazi Berlin, Fritz Lang, who directed the film (his third in Hollywood), and Kurt Weill, who wrote the music, is proof positive that the German film makers who came to Hollywood added something quite new to the mix [READ MORE]
When Englishman Barnaby Weiler moved to Berlin – a city renowned for its classical music scene – six years ago, he was surprised to find that the pianists he had hoped to see here live [READ MORE]