Friday, 16 January: Mime Theater “Petit Bourgeois Wedding”
Originally written by famous German author Bertolt Brecht, the comedic play “Petit Bourgeois Wedding” (a more literal translation of its German title “Die Kleinbürgerhochzeit”, also known by its official English title: “A Respectable Wedding”) has now been turned entirely into a mime play by Dresden’s great mime artist Ralf Herzog. The story is about the seeming idyll of the life of the petit bourgeois. But this idyll turns into a farce on the wedding day of a young couple… Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €15/ €10 (reduced); How to get there: Mimenbühne Dresden, Bürgerstraße 63, 01127 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Rathaus Pieschen’ stop, TRAM 4,9,13 ‘Altpieschen’ stop.
Saturday, 17 January: Rapid Chess Tournament
Why not start Saturday with a little training for your grey matter? Join the rapid chess tournament in Dresden Johannstadt and don’t forget to register with firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning: 9 a.m.; Admission: free (donations welcome); How to get there: Johannstadthalle, Holbeinstrasse 68, 01307 Dresden; TRAM 4,10,12,44, BUS 64 ‘Fetscherplatz’ stop or TRAM 12 ‘Gabelsbergerstraße’ stop.
Saturday, 17 January: Bohemian Blues Trio (CZ)
Some great Blues and Rock live music combined with the cozy atmosphere of the Irish Pub Tir Na N’og – that’s the option for a nice chill-out time on Saturday evening. Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Tir Na N’og, Bischofsweg 34, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
Sunday, 18 January: Performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations
The ”Goldberg Variations” are the last of a series of keyboard music published by Bach under the title of Clavierübung, and is often regarded as the most serious and ambitious composition ever written for harpsichord. Based on a single bass line, the variations display not only Bach’s exceptional knowledge of diverse styles of music of the day but also his exquisite performing techniques. The Goldberg Variations will be performed by Franns von Promnitz. Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission €10 / €8 (reduced); How to get there: Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum, Dresdner Straße 44, 01326 Dresden; BUS 63 ‘Van-Gogh-Straße’ stop.
Monday, 19 January: Movie ‘The Theory of Everything’ – Original version in English with German subtitles at Thalia Cinema
‘The Theory of Everything’ is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh. It shows a glance at the relationship between famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Beginning: 7.30 p.m.; Admission: €5; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 20 January: Maximilian Hecker in concert
Maximilian Hecker is a Berlin-based musician, known for atmospheric pop music. One may describe his music comparable to Radiohead or Nick Drake. He himself calls his songs “melancholic pop hymns”. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €12/€10 (presale); How to get there: Societaetstheater; An der Dreikönigskirche 1a, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop.
Wednesday, 21 January: Rökkurró
Rökkurró is an Icelandic music group founded in 2006 in Reykjavík. The success of Rökkurró’s 2010 album Í Annan was largely unexpected. The album spent over 100 weeks in the Top 30 of the Icelandic charts, while gathering warm words from international media. Rökkurró returned in October 2014 with a new studio album Innra, produced by multi-instrumentalist Helgi Hrafn Jónsson. The three-year gap between the two albums gave Rökkurró the space to meticulously expand their luscious palette into the beautiful, dreamy soundscapes that is Innra. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €13/€10 (presale); How to get there: Scheune Dresden, Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 22 January: Dance Performance ‘Tragédie’ by Olivier Dubois
Olivier Dubois, enfant terrible of the French dance scene, deals exclusively in the grand topics of (ballet) history. In Tragédie, he develops a grand image of humankind. Strictly adhering to François Caffenne’s meticulously composed score, 18 dancers pass through a heavily formalized choreography while slowly descending into bacchanalian frenzy. Their nudity in this is both abstracting and deeply human. Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €19/€10 (reduced); How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01099 Dresden; TRAM ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.