Tips for the upcoming week 8 – 14 December 2016

A winter’s tale – enjoy! (Video by C. Reichert)

Thursday, 8 December: Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (Modern Dance)

Interested in a show sure to dazzle and impress? Look no further than the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company’s three part show at the Hellerau European Center for the Arts. Combining old and new productions, choreographer Jacopo Godani not only choreographically, but also musically, dares a new approach. Difficult and strenuous, but also beautiful, this choreography reflects the core values ​​of the company: physical intensity – full action and accuracy, as well as mathematical precision.
Beginning: 8:00 p.m.; Admission: €21; How to get there: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109; TRAM 8, “Festspielhaus Hellerau” stop.

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Friday, 9 December: Hansel and Gretel (Opera)

A classic Grimm Fairytale, the story of Hansel and Gretel is a dark yet humorous one. A young brother and sister, hungry as their family has no food, go into the nearby forest to pick berries. They soon get lost and find a cabin made of candy and sweets. In the cabin lives a witch, who lures the children inside in an attempt to eat the duo. Can the children escape the witch? Watch this wonderful Opera to find out!
Beginning: 7:00 p.m.; Admission: from €60; How to get there: Semperoper Theaterplatz 2, 01067; TRAM 4, 8, 9 “Theaterplatz” stop.

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Saturday, 10 December: Pyramid Festival (Christmas Festival)

Not actually a pyramid in the Egyptian sense, the Christmas pyramid is a massive tower made of wood and decorated with little figurines in the center of the Altmarkt plaza. Traditionally, at the Dresden Pyramid Festival, a singing contest is held. The happy winners will be presented with original pyramids from the Ore Mountains, where the Christmas pyramid tradition began. Visitors can also look forward to a Christmas concert with the well-known presenter and singer Olaf Berger, and the numerous shops and stalls around the Altmarkt during the Striezelmarkt.
Beginning: 10:00 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, TRAM 1, 2, 4 “Altmarkt” stop.

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Sunday, 11 December: Welcome Center Christmas Party

Do you fancy yummy fingerfood and a good movie? Then come to the Thalia cinema! Last year we had a wonderful potluck lunch with food from all over the world and we would love to repeat that! We will bring something homemade and would ask you to become creative and bring something traditional (salty or sweet fingergood) from your countries that we will mark then with a little description! Kids are welcome too, so grab your sweets and sweethearts and come to our cozy Christmas party at Thalia cinema.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is just chatting and eating at the Thalia bar. The bar is open and you can order drinks (we are allowed to bring food, but no drinks for a good reason). Sani from Bangladesh will play some wonderful guitar music and we are so much looking forward to that! Afterwards, the movie will be played – find out more here :)
Beginning: 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. movie; Admission: Free; How to get there: Thalia cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6; TRAM 13 “Görlitzer Straße” stop.

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Monday, 12 December: Mahler’s Symphony #9 (Symphony)

Watch the performance of the beautiful Symphony No. 9, an orchestral piece and the last work by the composer Gustav Mahler. One of Austria’s great 20th Century composers, Mahler’s piece is sure to bring wonderment for anyone who attends.
Beginning: 8:00 p.m.; Admission: from €38; How to get there: Semperoper Theaterplatz 2 01067, TRAM 4, 8, 9 “Theaterplatz” stop.

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Tuesday, 13 December: European Outdoor Film Tour (Documentaries)

Crazy for adrenaline junkies? Since its inception in 2001, the European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.F.T.) has scoured the earth for real adventures and outdoor stories. Some of the wildest athletes and adventurers are filmed doing wild things. The film tour is coming to Dresden, giving you the unique opportunity to watch outlandish stunts and sports.
Beginning: 7:30pm; Admission: €16:50; How to get there: Rundkino Pragerstr. 8 01069, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 “Walpurgisstraße” stop.

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Wednesday, 14 December: The Canterville Ghost (Play)

Originally a short story by renowned Irish writer Oscar Wilde, the Canterville Ghost is a dark comedy that is as funny as it is spooky. The story is about a family who moves to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who tries to haunt them to no avail. An English-language classic, the German performance will have English subtitles so that none of the witty humor is missed.
Beginning: 7:00pm; Admission: from €11; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Theaterstraße 2 01067, TRAM 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12 or BUS 94, “Postplatz” stop.

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