Tips for the upcoming week
(1 – 7 May 2015)

Dresden Old Town (photo: L. Mendes)
Dresden Old Town (photo: L. Mendes)

Friday, 1 May 2015: Family play ‘The Canterville Ghost’ by Oscar Wilde with English surtitles

If you are passionate about theatre, we have good news for you: The Saxon State Theatre in Dresden (Staatsschauspiel) offers several plays in German with English surtitles. This Friday you can see ‘The Canterville Ghost’, which is originally a popular short story by Oscar Wilde, put on stage and especially suitable for families with children. The story is about a family who moves to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who was cursed by his father because he cowardly ran from a duel. Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: from €15/€7 (reduced); How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theaterstraße 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, BUS 94 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

Saturday, 2 May 2015: Film Fair Dresden

Are you a cineaste or general film buff? Then we highly recommend a visit at the film fair at the ‘UFA-Palast’ cinema this Saturday. For the sixth time this event takes place in the huge foyer. Exhibitioners will present among other things film posters, autographs from famous actors, DVDs, film-related books, magazines, comics etc. Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: UFA-Kristallpalast Dresden, St. Petersburger Straße 24a, 01069 Dresden; Tram 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

Sunday, 3 May 2015: Philharmonic Concert: Europe meets South America

The ‘Elbland’ Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert evening as a musical journey from Europe to South America. They will play two pieces from famous European composers, namely the Hungarian Béla Bartók and the German Ludwig van Beethoven. The South American sound will derive from a piece of the contemporary Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro. Enjoy this musical variety! Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: from €8; How to get there: Landesbühnen Sachsen, Meißner Straße 152, 01445 Radebeul; TRAM 4 ‘Landesbühnen’ stop.

Monday, 4 May 2015: Kitchen Talk at Hellerau

The series ‘Kitchen Talk’ aims to bring together people from different cultures around a kitchen table to prepare dinner together and share some stories. This time the Mexican choreographer Yeri Anarika Vargas Sánchez and three pupils from a high school in Dresden will prepare Syrian specialties for the attendees. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015: Ballet ‘La Fille mal gardée’ – Live from the Royal Opera House London

Frederick Ashton’s ballet La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. The main character of the ballet is Lise, the only daughter of Simone, a widow and owner of a prosperous farm. She loves Colas, a young farmer – but her mother has far more ambitious plans, and has determined that Lise should marry Alain, the son of a wealthy landowner. The ballet is laced with good humour, so come and see a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and a halfwit suitor take to the stage – on the big screen! Beginning: 8.15 p.m.; Admission: €26; How to get there: UFA-Kristallpalast Dresden, St. Petersburger Straße 24a, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015: Everything Will Be Fine at Thalia Cinema (in English with German subtitles)

While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatise him. Over the next 12 years, he struggles to make sense of what happened and continue on with life, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a murderer. Will he be able to move on? Beginning: 7.45 p.m.; Admission: €5 (Mon/Tue only)/€6 (other days); How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Thursday, 7 May 2015: Manu Delago in Concert

Manu Delago is an Austrian Hang player, percussionist and composer based in London. Now, what on earth is a Hang? Apparently it’s an instrument invented and refined in Switzerland, which uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but is modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator – that definitely sounds “fancy-nating” ;-) to us! Manu’s current live band ‘Manu Delago Handmade’ is said to be a versatile quartet covering a remarkably dynamic spectrum between electronic beats and acoustic instruments such as Hang, bassoon, violin, piano and percussion. Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €19.70; How to get there: Beatpol, Altbriesnitz 2A, 01157 Dresden; TRAM 1 ‘Gottfried-Keller-Straße’ stop.

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