Friday, 17 May: In Many Hands
(Text taken from the Hellerau website) “With “In Many Hands” the Belgian theatre artist Kate McIntosh invites her audience to test, touch, listen, search and sniff. The project gathers the audience on stage to experience a surprising, multifaceted collection of objects in a sensual way together. “In Many Hands” is theatre from its most intense side: poetic, dramatic, curious. Kate McIntosh has already performed this unusual play at numerous theatre festivals throughout Europe. Kate McIntosh (1974) is a Brussels-based artist who practices across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. Her works often focus on the physicality of both performer and audience, the manipulation of objects and materials, and the development of direct relations with and between audience members. Kate’s practice is guided by her ongoing fascinations with the misuse of objects, playfulness with the public, a love of theatrical images and an off-beat humour.”
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/in-many-hands/
Saturday, 18 May: The Return of the Oranges
The grey, humid and chilly days of the past week may make it seem as though summer will never arrive, however, as May begins to approach its final days, the real warm days begin to become ever so more a reality in our wonderful city of Dresden. As the sun rays get stronger and the days get longer, it is time to bring out a fruit with which Saxons have long had a history with: oranges. Pay a visit to the castle in Pillnitz and the size of its orangery filled with trees of citrus fruits is enough to show just how important these have always been for Saxony’s royal family. Those who pay attention to close detail will also have noticed how a part of the original “orangery” façade, not so far away from the Zwinger and now part of the new development residenz am Zwinger points to the fact that once a large building home to even more citrus fruits stood as part of Dresden’s old city. This Saturday marks the annual return of the orange trees into the Zwinger, an event which undoubtedly deserves its own suitable festivities. Beginning at 2:30 pm, a parade of the orange trees will begin in the Dresden castle stables, directly behind the “Fürstenzug” porcelain panel on the East side of the castle. After making its way through the old town, the trees will finally arrive at their summer residence, the Zwinger, at around 3 pm. During the entire afternoon, concerts, play sketches, and even an excerpt from an opera will round up the program for this small festival celebrating this wonderful summerly fruit. The full program may be found on the event’s German page, listed below.
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Zwinger Palace, Sophienstraße, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
Sunday, 19 May: Our Way
(Text adapted from the Staatschauspiel website) The performance group 21Common is an association of Scottish artists. They focus on artistic projects that centre around human coexistence. Their productions orient toward individual development and changes in society. 21Common works locally and internationally with students and people of all ages. This Sunday, the group will perform at Dresden’s small house of the Staatschauspiel as part of the “Our Stage” festival, which brings a number of different European plays to be performed in Dresden. Be sure to check out the link below for more information on this festival of European drama and to check out the other performances on show from the 18th until the 25th of May. Our Way is a performance bursting with energy, in which Lucy and her 16-year-old son Readie thrust their turbulent relationship of rejection, reproach and speechlessness into the spotlight. It quickly becomes clear that not much connects the two anymore. But they share enthusiasm for the Australian pop singer Sia. Both love her music, her dance, her videos, and especially her platinum blond hair. In talking about Sia, singing and dancing to her music, there are moments in which mother and son find each other. With subtle irony, they expose the dynamics between mutual rejection and dependence: Growing up is a notoriously troublesome business, but watching your own offspring struggle their way through adolescence into independence is equally as sticky.
Beginning: 6:30 pm; Admission: 11 EUR; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Monday, 20 May: Every Body Electric
(Text taken from the Hellerau website) “Which kinds of possibilities open up when wheelchairs, prostheses, or crutches are understood as extensions of the body and staged as such? Following her production RAVEMACHINE, the Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich continues to develop her concept of ENERGETIC ICONS further, together with professional and non-professional performers with physical disabilities. Every body has specific ways of articulating its dynamics and joy. The movements themselves enable the body to recharge, becoming a kind of fuel produced by the body itself. EVERY BODY ELECTRIC is a simple but radical invitation to explore potentials in dance. The energetic dancing of people whose bodies do not conform to the norm questions normative restrictions: Who owns the stage and what may be shown there?”
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 11 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/every-body-electric/
Tuesday, 21 May: 20th Dresden Nachtwanderung
The German word “Wanderung” normally translates into English as “hiking” but it may also be used to describe some sort of walking tour or journey, somewhat similar to the English word “wandering”. The annual Nachtwanderung, which always takes place on the Tuesday prior to the Dies Academicus and this year falls on the 21st of May is a true wandering tour through the city during the night hours. It’s a giant pub crawl but when we say giant we really mean it. This is not your regular pub crawl in which a group of friends join together to walk from a bar to the next. This is definitely the largest annual pub crawl in Dresden, where buses full of people make their way through the night from bar to bar and from club to club, taking with them hundreds of students. All of the Studentenwerk bars, clubs and pubs in the city take part in this huge event which gives you the chance to know as many of these locations as you wish throughout the night. If you are tired of a particular club, no worries, just take the next bus and land on the next party, and then the next, and the next. Collect three stamps by ordering beer in three different clubs and you’ll even get the fourth one for free! You may begin at any of the 14 participating clubs and from there make your way throughout the city during the entire night, definitely an event not to be missed!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR from 7-8 pm, then 10 EUR for students and 12 EUR for non-students; How to get there: Begin at any of the 14 participating student clubs, all listed in the link below.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/173168806906391/
Wednesday, 22 May: Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate
Vincent Van Gogh is the kind of artist who simply needs no introduction. As one of the most famous and well-known artists in history, his paintings have been immortalized not only in museums throughout the world but also through a number of cinematographic accounts on his life. A number of factors make Van Gogh so intriguing and thereby may explain cinema’s fascination for his life. For starters, it is undeniable that he is one of the most influential figures in the history of Western art, going down as Holland’s most important post-impressionist artist. As if that were not enough, his life was surrounded by difficulties and his mysterious death has never been explained with certainty. The artist suffered as a social outcast throughout his life and the story of how he once sent his self-mutilated year as a gift to his favourite prostitute and lover is still a matter of discussion to many. For the newest biographical account on the artist’s final years in the French cities of Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, award winning actor Willem Dafoe performs in a movie marked by roving, POV camerawork and experimental sound. Critics have described that just like Van Gogh’s art, the movie may be beautiful and ugly and deep.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 23 May: The Big Band Therapy
A big band is a type of musical ensemble that usually consists of ten or more musicians with four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. Big bands originated during the early 1910s and dominated jazz in the early 1940s when swing was most popular. The TU Dresden has its own big band formed primarily by medicine and dentistry students but also counting with the participation of alumni and some students of other courses. This Thursday, The Big Band Therapy will showcase a colourful mix of big band classics, sure to guarantee your soul’s well-being. Whether it be “April in Paris” or the German “Bei mir bis du schön”, the band will play a number of pieces made famous by eternal singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. For anyone who enjoys music from the 20s or jazz, this is definitely the place to be on Thursday evening for a concert that will surely provide an unforgettable night in one of Dresden’s most beautiful locations just beneath Brühl’s Terrace in the student club Bärenzwinger.
Beginning: 8 pm, doors open and box office at 7 pm; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Students; How to get there: Studentenclub Bärenzwinger, Brühlscher Garten 1 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2270859493187147/