Friday, 9 March: Lucky
This week, one of the best movies of 2017 finally makes it for its premiere in Germany! Lucky tells the story of a 90-year-old atheist who has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries, and as he comes to terms with his own mortality, he searches for ever-elusive enlightenment. Directed by John Carroll Lynch, the movie stars Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final on-screen roles prior to his death on September 15, 2017. ‘Lucky’ is in a sense Lynch’s love letter to Stanton’s life and career at the same time as it is a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. The fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is often so unattainable: enlightenment. Having received a positive audience score of 80%, this is a movie most certainly worth watching.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str./Nordbad’ stop.
Saturday, 10 March: Inoah (Dance Performance)
The tension grows almost unbearable as ten performers from Bruno Beltrão’s Grupo de Rua step onto the stage. Hesitantly, the dancers grope through the darkness until suddenly a whirlwind of jumps, head spins and somersaults break loose. Brazilian choreographer Beltrão is one of the shooting stars of the contemporary dance scene. As a teenager, he travelled from breakdance battle to breakdance battle. Then in his early twenties, he decided to revolutionize dance. Just like William Forsythe changed our perspective on ballet, Beltrão has added new aspects to dance by interweaving the movements and attitudes of street dance, breakdance and hip hop with principles of contemporary dance. This has produced intense choreographies, which captivate audiences worldwide with their physical presence and virtuosity. “Inoah”, the company’s newest piece, takes on an entirely new dimension. Electric like a stormy night, it is also a call for social change – negotiating the irreconcilable differences currently running through Brazilian society.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23,10 EUR regular / 12,10 EUR reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: http://en.hellerau.org/beltrao-inoah
Sunday, 11 March: HC Elbflorenz vs. TuSEM Essen (Handball Match)
Sunday is a great day to come out and support our city’s sport teams! Along with the oh-so-loved Dynamo Dresden, the city is also home to basketball, volleyball, and even (American) football teams! This weekend, Dresden’s main handball team, the HC Elbflorenz will be on the court in the relatively new BallsportArena Dresden against the TuSEM Essen, needing a victory to keep their heads above the water in the German Handball Second League. Unfortunately, our dear Elbflorenz has not been able to perform too well this year and is now struggling at the 15 position to remain in the second league for next year. There are still many matches to be played until the end of the tournament as this is the 26 round of 38, but our team must remain among the first 16 places if it wishes to compete in the same league next year. It is a delicate time for Elbflorenz, and every support is welcome! Come out and cheer our handball team to victory!
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: BallsportArena Dresden, Weißeritzstraße 4, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum/Haus der Presse’ stop or TRAM 10 or BUS 94 ‘Weißeritzstraße‘ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/970721756420167/
Monday, 12 March: Randy Tytingvåg (Concert)
Randi Tytingvåg has grown past being an “insider tip” ever since the release of her album “Three” in 2015, when she was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award as the year’s best folk singer/songwriter as well as winning the prize for best pop-album of the month by the magazine ‘Stereo’. The Norwegian singer impresses not only critics but also audiences, as pointed out by the Norwegian newspaper ‘Stavanger Aftenblad’, which claimed that “many good musicians are able to deliver and play pieces to perfection, but only few are able to touch one’s soul”. Similar praise also came from the Dresden newspaper ‘Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten (DNN)’, which described her performance as “much better than good, grandiose, Randi Tytingvåg and band surpassed all expectations!”. Ever since she became a mother of a beautiful daughter, she developed a liking to sing about the wonder that is new life. By doing so, she demonstrates her exquisite abilities for song writing and story telling. With such high-rated reviews, this is definitely a concert you do not want to miss.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 17,60 EUR Regular, 13,20 EUR Reduced up to 24,20 EUR Regular, 19,80 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information and tickets: http://www.mzdw.de/konzert%C3%BCbersicht/12-03-randy-tytingvag/
Tuesday, 13 March: Mind and Meditation Workshop
By now, you have probably already heard about the many benefits meditation brings to one’s life. It offers a chance to free your mind from the everyday worries, to bring down your stress levels and some even argue it has strong healing capabilities for the body. If you are interested in meditation and in learning more about the connection between mind and body, this is a great opportunity to do so in this free workshop. Experience a guided meditation and learn about breathing techniques that will allow you to come closer to a state of mindfulness, that is, the awareness of the body as well as of the mind. Research shows that medidation helps to increase one’s focus, increases the body’s immunity against disease even more so than sport and reduces one’s risk of having problems with depression or anxiety, so if you do not yet practice meditation, it is most certainly worth as try! Be sure to register for the workshop through the following link: http://bit.ly/2sq2aQQ
Beginning: 7:30 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: YogaVilla Dresden, Bautzner Str. 133, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 or BUS 64, 74, 261, 305 ‘Waldschlößchen’ stop.
More information on meditation with sources: https://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/
Wednesday, 14 March: 4 Phillarmonic Conceert “Beethoven Contrasts”
How about some classical music to calm down your nerves and bring your stress levels down by the middle of the week? If you took part on the meditation workshop the day before, you might be in the mood for something a little calmer, to keep your spirits in a relaxed mode. If this is the case, or if you are simply a die-hard fan of classical music, this Wednesday you have a great chance to watch a wonderful concert at Dresden’s Musical College Carl Maria von Weber, hosted by the Elbland Philharmonic Orchestra. On stage you will get to witness students from the college playing as well as directing the concert, which will have pieces from Beethoven as its middle point. Beethoven’s symphonies are some of the worldwide best known pieces of classical music, containing lyrical, heroic as well as humorous tones to them. For this concert, the philharmonic chose to present the humorous 8 symphony, one that is not so often witnessed on stage but which is definitely among the masterpieces of music!
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Wettiner Platz 13, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 1, 2 and BUS 94 ‘Schweriner Straße’ stop or TRAM 6, 10 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
Thursday, 15 March: King Lear
“It will come, humanity must perforce prey on itself, like monsters of the deep.” Once upon a time there was an old king who unwisely gave his crown and country to his daughters. So begins King Lear, Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. What begins almost as a fairytale becomes a nightmare as the world descends into chaos and cruelty, where every natural bond of affection is broken: children turn against their parents, fathers seek the death of their sons, and siblings tear each other to pieces. In this play, which has been considered by many to represent the summit of his genius, Shakespeare takes a merciless look at the bestial side of humanity and what happens when it takes over and destroys the flimsy fabric of civilisation. King Lear leads us on a journey through rage and madness to hope and back to despair. And as a warning, it has lost none of its relevance or its power over the 400 years since his death in 1616.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70,80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://theaterhaus-rudi.de/spielplan/king-lear