Friday, 23 March: The Reality, the Zebra
The piece ‘The Reality, the Zebra’ moves in a playful manner between performance and installation, between dance and an experimental room-sound experience. The perception and construction of reality will be systematically experienced at the visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic levels, while asking the question: what is our place in this world, as an individual, as a group, and as a society? The piece analyses different perspectives, interpretations, attitudes and also asks another central question: how do we live together with so many different realities in one world? Magdalena Weniger, the choreographer for the performance, describes her original idea as coming from the fact that “we all doubt our beliefs at least once throughout our lifetimes. We often recognize the world (not) as it is. A lot is real. There is everything, and there is nothing.” Are you ready to question your ideas of reality, perhaps to question your beliefs and experience what someone else’s reality might be like? Then this sensory-rich performance this Friday is a great place to begin!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Motorenhalle riesa efau Dresden, Wachsbleichstraße 4, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 6, 10 or BUS 94 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
More information: http://www.magdalenaweniger.com/die-wirklichkeit-das-zebra/
Saturday, 24 March: The Tremolettes
Saturday is a great day to go out in the evening and enjoy some great live music! The Neustadt’s Blue Note jazz bar always offers some of the city’s best live concerts and this week, “The Tremolettes” will be on stage. The Tremolettes take their time. Since the band was founded six years ago, they have changed slowly but steadily. Where once they used to be poached in many styles, the band has now established its own sound: gloomy, but groovy. The audibly increased soul influence meets a dark psychedelic style, the beats have become heavier, hovering over the often polyphonic singing. Following the success of their crowdfunding campaign this year, they will finally release their first album in the summer, containing 11 of their beautiful psychedelic slow soul songs. Although most of the concerts featured in Blue Note are generally of bands with a jazz style, it is always nice to hear something new once in a while, if you are interested in a quick preview, just check out the link below, their music is simply beautiful!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Blue Note Club & Bar, Görlitzer Str. 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: https://goo.gl/UPqieE
Sunday, 25 March: Forest Adventure Park Opening Weekend
Spring has finally arrived and with it some nicer and warmer weather is on its way! Now that the snow and ice is gone, why not adventure yourself up on the tree tops for a few hours this weekend? The forest adventure park in the Dresdner Heide allows both young and adults to climb trees, walk along the canopy and even feel like a true king of the forest by swinging while hanging on to a rope, only to have to jump onto a net some meters above the ground. Adrenaline levels are sure to go up while you parlour your way from one tree to the next in order to finish each circuit with the best possible time, and of course, you do not have to worry if you happen to fall as a security rope is always there to make sure you are safe. At any other day of the year, an entrance to the park would cost you 20 EUR, however, since this weekend is this season’s opening weekend, the Kletterwald is offering entrance to all of its guests for only 10 EUR this Saturday and Sunday! For those who enjoy an adventure this is defninetely a chance not to be missed as it only comes once in a year!
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., last entrance at 3 p.m.; Admission: 10 EUR; How to get there: Kleterwald Dresdner Heide, Nesselgrundweg 80, 01109 Dresden; S-Bahn S2 ‘Dresden Klotzsche’ stop or TRAM 7 ‘Käthe-Kollwitz-Platz’ stop, check link below for further details (green route).
More information: http://www.kletterwald-dresdner-heide.de/saisonstart-2018
Information on how to get there: http://www.kletterwald-dresdner-heide.de/umleitung/
Monday, 26 March: Bernstein ‘Serenade’ with the Staatskapelle Dresden
This year, on 22nd September, the Staatskapelle Dresden will celebrate its 470th jubilee. Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, it is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition. Over its long history, many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this one-time court. It is not everyday that one has the chance to witness a nearly 500-year-old orchestra live in one of the world’s most beautiful operas, so do not miss your chance to watch the orchestra’s 8th symphony concert this year, playing music by Ramírez, Bernstein, and Schubert. In his Symposium, Plato noted that “harmony is agreement, and agreement is unity” – an inspiring notion that corresponds to a universal form of love. In his Serenade from 1953, Bernstein takes inspiration from statements on beauty in Plato’s Dialogues. In Ariel Ramírez’s Misa Criolla from 1964, the composer draws on basic impulses from his homeland of Argentina. And the mass in G major can be seen as a personal confession of the 18-year-old Schubert. Certainly wonderful pieces played by an awe-inspiring orchestra.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Prices range from 36 EUR up to 82 EUR; How to get there: Semperoper, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information and tickets: http://www.staatskapelle-dresden.de/en/concerts/symphony-concerts/1718/8-symphony-concert/
Tuesday, 27 March: Passions in the Holy Week (Concert)
With Easter just a few days away, an array of different musical concerts and plays telling or remembering the story of the passion can be found throughout Dresden. One of these concerts gives you the chance to enter a palace seldom visited even by Dresden locals, the palace inside Dresden’s Grand Gardens, or Großer Garten in German. The small Lustschloss, or pleasure palace, was built in 1680 and marks the beginning of the Baroque style in Dresden. It was never truly meant as a residential palace but rather as a spring and summer palace meant for the private pleasure of the princes of Saxony. In this sense, this is definitely one of the beast places in the city to witness a concert played by a small ensemble right in the beginning of spring. After or before the concert, a walk around Dresden’s largest green park is definitely worth it, certainly if the sun is out and shining.
Beginning: 2:30 p.m. as well as 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 14,50 EUR, 5 EUR with a valid student card; How to get there: Palais im Großer Garten, Haupta llee 5, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 10, 13 ‘Georg-Arnhold-Bad’ stop or TRAM 9 ‘Querallee’ stop or TRAM 1, 2 ‘Comeniusplatz’ stop.Tickets may be purchased in advance at the “Lesezeichen” book store in the Neustadt (Prießnitzstraße 56, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.)
More information: https://goo.gl/uFPk8X
Wednesday, 28 March: International Peace Slam
Inspired by the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September, the Dresden international group started to slam about the quite broad topic of PEACE for the first time back in 2016. International researchers working in different Dresden research institutions gathered to prepare and moderated 8-10 minute slams in English for an international audience in Dresden. That was the beginning for further performances which now take place throughout the year and of a growing Mic4Peace slammer group ever since. The group is made up of people from variably different fields of work, from different countries, continents, and culture, all drawn to Dresden because of science. However, they are not only scientists but also residents of an ever changing city, each with their idea of peace, whether it be peace on Earth, in relationships, or even inner peace. Come out this Wednesday and listen to each of their own personal stories as well as thoughts, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR Regular, 3,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70, 80 ‘Rankerstraße’ stop.
More information: https://peaceslam.com/
Thursday, 29 March: Mephisto Waltz – DEREVO Dance Company
DEREVO is a physical theatre company founded in 1988 by Anton Adasinky in St. Petersburg, Russia, later moving to Prague in the Czech Republic and ever since 1996 is based in our very own city of Dresden. They have performed throughout Europe, Russia and the UK, as well as in the United States and at festivals in South Korea, Japan, and Brazil. Mephisto Waltz, originally from 2010 is reminiscent of the Russian poetry and art from the start of the 20th century. With elements from absurdism, dadaism and cinematic avant-garde, the piece recognizes that the search for new artistic paths during those years continues to influence our culture even today. Anton Adasinsky’s experience during filming for Alexander Sokurov’s Faust have become a starting point for this production. The choreographer arrived at a unique combination of dance, tragicomical pantomime, clowning and passionate poetry. Unfortunately, this will be DEREVO’s final performance as the company now must say goodbye to Hellerau. Your last chance to watch this dance company which was intertwined with Dresden’s history will be their performance both on this upcoming Wednesday as well as Thursday, be sure to get your ticket soon!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 21 EUR Regular, 11 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: http://en.hellerau.org/derevo-2018