Thursday, 11 January: The Importance of Being Earnest
The Eclectic Theatre is a theater group in Dresden which performs plays in English. At the end of 2017, its performances of “The Importance of Being Earnest” were a huge success, with nearly all showings sold out. Now, you have the chance to watch the last performances of this English classic, which will be shown only four more times! “My ideal has always been to love someone of the name of Earnest”. But what if your name is not Earnest? Will she still love you? And, this being Britain at the end of the 19th century, will her aristocratic mother even consider you as a suitable son-in-law? These are the problems that Jack Worthing has to solve before achieving happiness with the girl of his dreams. First produced in 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners that satirises the British aristocracy. The wit and brilliance of the dialogues has made the play famous throughout the world, and the absurdity of the situations have kept audiences entertained over more than a hundred years.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Full price, 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/the-importance-of-being-earnest
Friday, 12 January: European Short Track Speed Skating Championships
This weekend, the best 134 athletes from 26 european countries will be competing towards the prize of best and fastest ice-skater in the continent! For those interested in winter sports, this will be an unforgettable weekend with two high-class competitions taking place alongside each other in the city (see below for information on the ski cross country sprint World Cup). At the Ostragehege sports park, inside the EnergieVerbund Arena, home to the city’s ice hockey team, be ready for three days filled with thrilling races! For those unfamiliar with the sport, short track speed skating is a form of competitive ice speed skating, where multiple skaters compete against each other on an oval track with a length of 111.111 metres. Similar to track sports, skaters are divided according to their qualifying times and are filtered out in each further round, with quarter finals, semifinals, and eventually, the final race. Due to the low friction between the skates and the ice, skaters can reach formidable speeds, the current world record for the 500 m race was set in 2015 at an astounding 33.98 seconds, translating to an average race speed of nearly 53 km/h, faster than the German speed limit for cars transiting inside cities!
Beginning: Around 1 p.m., also on Saturday and Sunday; Admission: 15 EUR Full price, 10 EUR Reduced; How to get there: EnergieVerbund Arena Dresden, Magdeburger Str. 10, 01167 Dresden; TRAM 4, 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum, Haus der Presse’ stop.
More information and tickets: http://dresden2018.de/en/
Saturday, 13 January: 25 Years of Kino im Kasten – The Big Lebowski
This weekend, the cinema in the box, or Kino im Kasten, will be celebrating its 25 anniversary with a fan favorite: The Big Lebowski. The movie, which originally received mixed reviews and was a disappointment at the U.S. box office on its release, later became a true cult film with reviews becoming largely positive. This American crime comedy film stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. After being mistaken for a millionaire, he seeks restitution for his ruined rug and lines up his bowling buddies to help get it. If you have never seen it, this movie is a definite must and even if you have, this is a great chance to watch it once more in a cinema setting nearly 20 years following the original release!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: 4 EUR Full price, 3 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Kino im Kasten, August-Bebel-Str. 6, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Strehlener Platz’ stop or BUS 66 ‘Weberplatz’ stop.
More information: www.kino-im-kasten.de/film.html?id=349
Sunday, 14 January: Ski Cross Country Sprint World Cup
After the single sprint events have taken place on Saturday, on Sunday it is time for the team sprint events to take place on the right margin of the river Elbe in our beautiful city! Believe it or not, despite the lack of snow this year, the world’s best cross country ski athletes will be in Dresden to compete throughout the weekend at the cross country sprint world cup! On a 1.4 Km track beginning next to the Carola bridge, heading towards the Japanese Palace and then returning to the starting point, skiers will race each other to decide who is the world’s best cross country skier! This will be their last test before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, which will begin in less than a month now, so this promises to be a truly exciting event! The details below refer to places within the arena that has been built for the event, however, there will also be an open viewing area next to the hotel Bellevue, reachable with the tram line 9 until the stops ‘Neustädter Markt’ or ‘Palaisplatz’.
Beginning: 9:15 a.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 30 EUR; How to get there: Königsufer, margin of the Elbe on the Neustadt side across from the old town; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 “Carolaplatz” stop.
More information and tickets: www.skiworldcup-dresden.com/homepage
Monday, 15 January: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Monday is movie day at the Thalia cinema in the Neustadt! If you are into psychological horror films and mysteries, then this is your chance to watch Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest production at a reduced price! The film’s story is based on the ancient Greek play “Iphigenia at Aulis” by Euripides and follows Dr. Steven Murphy, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. His life starts to fall apart when the behavior of a fatherless teen he has taken under his wing turns sinister, forcing him to make an unthinkable sacrifice. With a powerful cast, staring among others Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, the movie has received widely positive reviews ever since its release and was nominated for the Palme d’Or, as well as for other important movie awards such as the Cannes Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director Awards.
Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: www.thalia-dresden.de
Tuesday, 16 January: Rigoletto, live from the Royal Opera House
Have you ever wanted to watch a live performance from London’s Royal Opera House? Now you can, and you don’t even have to leave Dresden to do so! The Rundkino on Dresden’s Prager Straße is one of the many cinemas around the world that show the Royal Opera House’s performances live and this Tuesday, David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera Rigoletto will be shown. In 1855, Giuseppe Verdi wrote that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play “Le Roi s’amuse”, was his best opera. Back then, he had to overcome state censorship to stage it, as censors were opposed to its depiction of an immoral ruler, but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. The opera went on to be performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained as one of the most popular of all operas.
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Regulrar, 16,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
More information and tickets: www.cineplex.de/film/royal-opera-house-2017-18-rigoletto/345878/dresden
Wednesday, 17 January: Dan Korn (Concert)
As part of this year’s Neustadt Art Festival in partnership with the initiative Kultur sucht Raum, English singer-songwriter Dan Korn will be performing in the Neustadt shop Interrobang. According to the event description, Dan “weaves beguiling melodies around exquisitely-crafted lyrics. His evocative songs are “laden with farewells”. Influenced by such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and John Lennon, Korn has a knack for writing memorable lines and ear-worm tunes.” Although he is primarily based in London, Dan Korn is often on the road, considered to be a modern troubadour. Within a relatively small and more familiar atmosphere, this is a great way to spend your Wednesday evening while getting to know a new artist up-close.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Interrobang, Kamenzer Straße 15, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.