What’s On in Dresden 11 January – 17January 2019

View into the inner yard of the Dresden Royal Palace in winter time (photo: C. Kleindienst)

Friday, 11 January: Concert of the Sächsische Staatskapelle

In a four-part evening, the musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden will dedicate themselves to the work of the current Capell composer Peter Eötvös. A broad cross-section of his oeuvre – from solo pieces to ensemble works – corresponds with works by Domenico Scarlatti, Claude Debussy or Ludwig van Beethoven, who have an important influence on the work of Peter Eötvös. In addition to the musical impressions, the composer will give insights into his work. The Staatskapelle Dresden may seem at first glance like just another common orchestra like any other, however, it is among on of the most important orchestras in the word. Founded in 1548 it is also one of the world’s oldest still operating orchestras. Throughout its existance, it has attracted some of the most talented musicians to have walked the Earth, such as Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, and Richard Strauss. Within Germany, the orchestra’s talents are broadcast to the entire country on every New Years Eve, as the Staatskapelle is responsible for ZDF’s  New Years’ concert. Do not miss your chance to watch a live performance of one of the world’s most renowned orchestras at a surprisingly accessible price!

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/happy-new-ear/

Saturday, 12 January: Christmas Tree Burning

January may have arrived but not all of the German Christmas traditions are over just yet! Last weekend already marked tree burning events throughout many German cities but this weekend you are still able to find such events. For people who come from warmer climates the question of how is it families get rid of their Christmas trees after the Christmas celebrations are over might have never even crossed your mind but it turns out it is a real problem. Although the city does offer a tree collection service each year until the beginning of January, it is much more fun to get rid of your tree by burning it. Some people will cut it down into smaller pieces and simply burn it in their own fireplaces at home, which also ends up being useful as it provides heat to warm up the house. A much more fun way to burn a Christmas tree though is outdoors by burning it whole, as the coniferous trees used are full of resin and burn quite well after drying up in people’s living rooms for a few weeks. Even better is to put together a bunch of trees onto a huge pile and burn it all at once, which is exactly what will happen this Saturday in Radebeul as well as in Meißen, both within Dresden’s metropolitan area. Of course, both events will take place under close supervision of a firefighting team in case anything gets out of control so you may rest assure that the spectacle is safe. Anyone is welcome to join with or without a tree. Both events will also feature a few food and warm drinks stands to ensure a pleasant experience.

Beginning: 4 p.m. in Radeberg, 5 p.m. in Meißen; Admission: Free; How to get there: Please check the VVO-Website (https://www.vvo-online.de/en/index.cshtml), the event in Radeberg will take place in front of the firemen on the street Bruno-Thun-Weg, closest bus stop ‘Radeberg, Pulsnitzer Straße’. The Meißen event will be on the Meißner Festplatz, closest bus stop ‘Am Burgberg’.

More information:

Radeberg: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989539347820903/

Meißen: https://www.facebook.com/events/1959603900786812/

Sunday, 13 January: Ski World Cup 2019

The snow arrived punctually in Dresden for this year’s ski 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. Be sure to check the link below for the full program of when qualifying and when final races will take place. On a 1.4 Km track beginning next to the Carola bridge, heading towards the Bellevue hotel and then returning to the starting point, the world’s fastest skiers will race each other to decide who is the world’s best cross country skier! Do not worry if you think there isn’t enough snow laying around for cross country skiing, as enough snow making machines will tranform the Königsufer into a snowy paradise! The pricing 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: 10:30 a.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 35 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: https://www.skiworldcup-dresden.com/homepage/

Monday, 14 January: Alcaba, el Cuarteto de Venezuela

Start your year by warming yourself up with the Latin American groove. This quartet from Venezuela plays with true passion and are creative in joining together various South American genres, playing songs ranging from Brazilian bossa nova through to Venezuelan merengue. Their skill has led them to become one of the most important chamber music groups in Venezuela at the moment, which is just one of the many reasons you should come out and watch them live this Monday. A violin, a flute, a bass, and a cuatro (traditional four stringed guitar-like instrument) all playing together at a high level of skill. Surprisingly, all four members of the band also all come from the same family, which might explain just why they all manage to play in such a coordinated manner. Do not miss this concert and begin your week with some good music which will surely motivate you to make it until the next weekend!

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Not listed; How to get there: Konzertkeller Riesa efau, Adlergasse 14, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 6, 10 or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.

More information (German): https://riesa-efau.de/kalender/2019/01/14/alcaba-el-cuarteto-de-venezuela-3153/

Tuesday, 15 January: Last Länderparty of the Semester

The idea behind the Erasmus Länderparties is quite simple and fun. Each week, a country which is represented by exchange students at the university is presented, typical food from the country is served and in the end, it all ends in a huge multicultural party led by music from the week’s selected country. This week, it’s Austria’s turn to show itself to the world. As these are events organized by the Erasmus Student Network, they naturally attract many of the university’s exchange students, all coming from different parts of the world. However, the party is open for all, regardless of whether you are a student or not. This is a great place to meet new people and to connect with people from numerous different cultures. Unfortunately, as the semester approaches an end, this week will feature the semester’s last Länderparty. Be sure to be there, as if you miss it, your next chance will only be in April!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 16,60 EUR; How to get there: Club Countdown, Güntztstr. 22, Entrance C, 01307 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 13 ‘Straßburger Platz’ stop.

Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1049626381877156/  

Wednesday, 16 January: The Wife

The Wife is a 2017 Swedish-American drama film directed by Berlin Silver Bear-winner Björn Runge, adapted from the Meg Wolitzer novel of the same name. It follows a couple, Joan and Joe Castleman, primarily the wife as she questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband , who is set to receive the Nobel prize in Literature. After nearly forty years in marriage, Joan and Joe are complements: Where Joe is brash, Joan is shy. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys himself as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife, keeping the household running smoothly, the adult children in close contact, and Joe’s pills dispensed on schedule. Now, it’s 1992 and Joe is set to receive the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed literary work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. The Wife interweaves the mid-century story of a couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later – a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and genuine, mutual love. (Text taken from the movie website)

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 6 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.

Thursday, 17 January: Everyone (Dance Performance)

The works of US composer and choreographer John Moran are extremely precise sequences of gestures and movements that performers perform in complete synchronicity with previously recorded voices and sounds. For the viewer, this creates a kind of “hyper-realism”. In “everyone”, Moran and dancers Jule Oeft , Kristin Mente and Yamile Navarro explore the universal gestures and rhythms of life from birth to death. A soundtrack of human voices and sounds from all over the world is accompanied by individual “choreographic musical portraits”. Their arrangement on stage follows the musical form of a fugue and poses universal questions about the essence of human existence. John Moran began his career in New York in the late 80s. Philip Glass is considered his mentor. In his operas J. Moran worked together with Uma Thurman, Iggy Pop and Allen Ginsberg. Since 2008 Moran has been producing mainly in Europe. In 2017 he worked on a new version of his opera “The Manson Family” in HELLERAU. (Text taken from the event website)

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 11 EUR Regular, 7 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/everyone/

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