What’s On in Dresden 26 October – 1 November 2018

Beautiful Dresden (Photo shot by MD – thank you!)

Friday, 26 October: Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

The Frankfurt Dance Company presents a ballet evening with choreographies by William Forsythe and Jacopo Godani. In William Forsythe’s N.N.N.N.N. (2002), four men find themselves in a state of constant, silent connection, who enter into an intense, complex engraving through Thom Willem’s suddenly murmuring composition. Their arms, heads, bodies and legs become unique voices, each tuned for itself and all contrapuntally. In Jacopo Godani’s “Echoes from a Restless Soul” (2016) to Maurice Ravel’s piano compositions “Ondine & Le Gibet” from “Gaspard de la Nuit” (played live), the choreographic elements join together to form a series of pas de deux and quartets that describe a landscape of artistic virtuosity. Godani enhances movement sequences through the pointe shoe with remarkable freedom within certain aesthetic parameters. The Dresden premiere of a new production by Jacopo Godani will also be part of Friday’s performance. (Text taken from the event description). If you cannot make it this week, be sure to check out Hellerau’s program linked below, as the piece will be performed on additional dates throughout the next months.

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.

Tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/whats-on/

Saturday, 27 October: Opening of Dresden’s Ice Skating Season

As the winds blow in from the north bringing along with them colder temperatures, it is clear that winter is finally on its way after a warm and dry summer. In a few weeks, the mercury will surely drop to values below zero, freezing over small puddles of water and maybe even a few lake edges. However, do not try and adventure yourself onto free ice yet! A much safer option will be available as of this Saturday at the EnergieVerbund Arena at Dresden’s Ostrapark. As this weekend marks the opening of ice skating season, the city’s largest ice rink will open its doors and the best part is that the first few hours will be free of charge! Come by either with your skates brought from home or feel free to rent skates at the arena between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and skate for free. For those who cannot have enough, the year’s first ice-disco will open its doors from 7:30 p.m. onwards, however, a 6 euro admission fee will then be charged. Feel free to come by any day you want afterwards, as the ice skating season now continues all through the winter until February.

Beginning: 2 p.m. ; Admission: Free; How to get there: EnergieVerbund Arena Dresden, Magdeburger Str. 10, 01167 Dresden; TRAM 4, 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum, Haus der Presse’ stop.

More information: https://bit.ly/2yukLMo

Sunday, 28 October: Free Entry to the “Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon”

In 1728, August the Strong established the “Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments”, later renamed in 1746 as the Mathematics and Physics Exhibition Room, or “Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon” in German. It is the oldest museum inside the Baroque complex of the Dresden Zwinger and has recently received a completely redesigned exhibition showing an array of devices used over the past centuries for measuring the world. As described on the museums website, it displays the high-tech inventions from the time of August the Strong. What today are iPads, smartphones and laptops, were telescopes, pocket watches and orreries just under 300 years ago. For those involved in the exact sciences, this is a museum that you cannot leave Dresden without having paid it at least one visit. This Sunday provides the perfect chance to visit this wonderful collection of gadgets as entry to the museum will be free as of 3 p.m.. Even if you are not so interested in math or physics, come by and admire the technology of the past, after all, there is nothing to lose if entry is free!

Beginning:3 p.m.; Admission:Free; How to get there: Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Zwinger, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

More information: https://mathematisch-physikalischer-salon.skd.museum/en/  

Monday, 29 October: The Courettes (Concert)

Do you miss the good old times of garage rock? Well, The Courettes is on its way to Dresden and its bringing Garage R&R at its finest! This rock duo from Brazil and Denmark is savage, is dynamic, and above all, is a blast of jungle wildness and Scandinavian Rock & Roll. As taken from the band’s website, ‘Riot grrrl in the garage’ Flavia Couri will blow off your mind with atomic fuzz guitars and screaming raw vocals, and ‘Beat! Beat! Beat! man’ Martin Couri will make you s-s-shake with his loud as hell drumming! They both originally met while on a tour through Brazil. As their relationship evolved and they became a couple, they decided to move to Denmark and founded their band, The Courettes, which is now based in the city of Aalborg. When playing live they deliver incredible performances ensuring everyone gets thrown into a party mood. Their first album was released by the German label “Sounds of Subterrania” and now they are on tour throughout the world…and the galaxy!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 7,70 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2065343780347416/

Tuesday, 30 October: Spooktacular Evening (Afterwork Mixer)

Ever since August 2016, the TUesday afterwork Mixer has regularly been taking place every second Tuesday as a place for people to, as the name suggests, mix and make new connections. The events are open to everybody associated with the TU Dresden, employees and students alike and aims to strengthen intercultural communication and competences, as well as to encourage understanding through mutual exchange. As Halloween is just one day away, the organizers of the afterwork mixer could not miss their chance to put together a special “Spooktacular” evening. Come down to the Zeuner Bau after work and celebrate Halloween with a twist. By taking part in a fun team quiz, explore the origin of this spooky festival. Later, the organizers would like to invite everyone for a stroll through the art.efakt art gallery as well as to teach you a little bit about folk dance from around the world. The event will also include a Halloween buffet and will surely be filled with many spooky surprises. Relax after work, meet interesting fellow students, colleagues, zombies, witches and other creatures.

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: ZEU 255, Helmholtzstr. 5, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3 ‘Nürnberger Platz’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2035773790048225/

Wednesday, 31 October: Cats and Dinosaurs (Concert)

Feel the sting of the left wing swing! This band describes itself as the world’s most radical swingband, playing original lindy hop dance music with feminist and socialist lyrics in Swedish and English. The band’s aim is, according to their website, “mix the objectively best politics with the objectively best music.” Just as Jazz was the Punk of the twenties, the group attempts to not only copy the musical style from that era but rather to transmit the radicalism, energy and creativity of the jazz pioneers. In 2016 they released their first album, which received critical acclaim both in Sweden and abroad. Their second album was the released in 2017 and following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the band will release their third album this year, which will be completely in English. A live concert by Cats and Dinosaurs is in itself an experience because of the energy of these lindy hop dancers, who always seem to manage to get every floor going, while at the same time slipping their subversive message into people’s subconscious.

Beginning:9 p.m.; Admission:Pay what you can, suggestion of 4 – 10 EUR; How to get there: Hole of Fame, Königsbrücker Straße 39, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/553419018438385/

Thursday, 1 November: Dresden Symphony

As November arrives, it brings with it one of the most awaited Dresden festivals of the year, the Jazztage Dresden! In case you haven’t noticed, Dresden loves Jazz. At t he German capital, you can find one of the oldest ongoing Jazz performances every Monday in the Scheune with “Jazzfanatics”, one of the Neustadt’s most beloved bar is the Blue Note Jazz bar and in May, Europe’s oldest and biggest old-time jazz festival is held at the city, the International Dixieland Festival. Now, throughout the month of November, hundreds of events will take place all around the city, with big artists such as Gregory Porter and Klaus Doldinger on their way to Dresden as well as numerous smaller yet talented artists. For the opening of this grand festival, the Dresden Symphony orchestra will be playing at the Erlwein Capitol. The concert will include pieces from Frank Zappa as well as the participation of some of Germany’s greatest jazz pianists and even a rock band playing alongside the orchestra. This wonderful mix is the perfect opening for a month full of different rhythms, beats and tones and will undoubtedly get you in the mood for this years Jazztage Dresden!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Tickets starting from 19 EUR; How to get there: Erlwein Capitol Ostrapark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Messe Dresden’ stop.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2EMVjXZ 

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/459859801136009/

More information on Jazztage Dresden: https://www.jazztage-dresden.de/en/homepage/ 

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