Friday, 3 May: Robo vs. Sacre
(Text taken from the Hellerau website) With the production “Robozee VS. Sacre”, the contemporary urban dance company Renegade takes a new and unique look at what is probably the most legendary stage work in history: “Le Sacre du Printemps”. For the premiere of the 1913 ballet, composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky not only provided a tangible stage scandal with their rapidly changing rhythms instead of gentle harmonies, stomping dancers instead of graceful lace dancing, but also marked the birth of modern dance. More than 200 choreographers have already studied the work, unforgotten Pina Bausch’s celebrated choreography from 1975. The choreographer Christian Zacharas now tells “Sacre” for the first time as a contemporary urban solo. In an extraordinary way, Zacharas allows elements of different urban dance styles to collide and merge with the world-famous music, compete against each other and unite – and thus negotiates the celebrated work of high culture on a new level. Zacharas reduces the “Sacre” dance ensemble to a minimum and opens space to experience the dance intensity of the piece and to present an innovative urban dance aesthetic.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR; 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/robo-vs-sacre/
Saturday, 4 May: Tolerade + Tolerave 2019
What do you get when you mix a parade with the request of thousands for more tolerance? That’s right, a tolerade! This Saturday, one of the largest street events of the year is set to take over the streets of Dresden and transform our city into one huge dance floor. Dozens of different organizations in the city will come together, each with different goals but with the shared objective of fighting for a more open, colourful, and welcoming Dresden. Last year’s Tolerade was a truly moving experience as thousands took to the streets on a beautiful sunny day. This year it appears as though the weather will not be as welcoming, however, this shouldn’t be a reason to scare away Dresden’s passionate activists and dancers. Protests will take place during the day at the Bahnhof Neustadt, Alaunpark, as well as on the Postplatz. The larger group will leave the Bahnhof Neustadt at 2 pm and from there on will walk their way towards the Postplatz. Once the event reaches an end at around 7 pm, it is then time to head to one of the after-parties spread throughout Dresden’s clubs, that is, to the Tolerave! Be sure to check out the link below to find out what clubs will be open and when they will open their doors. Put on your best rain jacket, come out to the streets and help out in the fight against discrimination and prejudice while at the same time having a whole lot of fun!
Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Bahnhof Neustadt, Schlesischer Plaz, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 11 ‘Bahnhof Neustadt’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.tolerave.de/tolerade-2019-dresden/
Sunday, 5 May: Dresden Airport Family Day
Anyone who has ever flied to or from Dresden’s International Airport knows just how comfortable it is to fly out from our city’s airport. The airport boasts a direct train connection to the main train station with the suburban railway line S2 and due to its relatively small size, making it through check in and security is a breeze compared to larger airports. The terminal has a rather family-friendly flair to it and so as to attract even more families, the airport’s annual family day will take place on this Sunday. This is the place to be for all airplane fans this Sunday, as visitors will have the chance to take a look at modern and historical planes, take tours throughout the airport and even enjoy the view of Dresden from up above on a short tour flight. Although admission to the event as a whole may be free, beware that taking part on the tours and flights is only possible with separate tickets, which may be purchased on the spot. The highlights of the airport’s Family Day include the presence of an A300-600 as well as an A400M, both from DHL which may be toured for free. A few relics in the world of aviation will also be in Dresden this weekend, such as one of the last three Beech D18s from DHL. For families with small children, this is definitely the place to come to on Sunday!
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Flughafen Dresden, Wilhelmine-Reichard-Ring 1, 01109 Dresden; S-BAHN S2 or BUS 77, 80 ‘Flughafen’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/377445429739463/
Monday, 6 May: The Hole in the Ground
It’s been quite a while since we last listed any horror movies in our tips so this week all horror lovers among us can rejoice! Friday marked the German premiere of the 2019 Irish horror film The Hole in the Ground. The critical consensus reads that the movie artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality. It takes place in rural Ireland and follows the story of Sarah and her young son. One night, her son disappears into the woods behind their home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Sarah begins to believe that the boy who returned may not be her son at all. Definitely not for the light hearted!
Beginning: 9:45 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 7 May: Spain Länderparty
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 Spain’s turn to show itself to Dresden. 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. For anyone who is learning Spanish or has already learned and is looking for an opportunity to practice, this is a great chance to meet a large number of Spanish speaking people at once while at the same time having lot of fun!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free until 9:30 pm; How to get there: Club Aquarium, St. Petersburger Str. 21, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/327093471289256/
Wednesday, 8 May: The Underground Youth (Concert)
(Text taken from event description) “It’s been 10 years since Craig Dyer titled his creative project, The Underground Youth, and started releasing his lo-fi psychedelic recordings for free online. Following the prolific output of 2009’s ‘Morally Barren’ and ‘Voltage’ and 2010’s ‘Mademoiselle’ and ‘Sadovaya’, a loyal fan base quickly developed and never stopped growing. The fifth album, ‘Delirium’, was released in 2011 and was to be the first release for the brand new independent record label, Fuzz Club Records. Following the release, the label urged Dyer to assemble a live band and bring TUY’s music to the stage. The live band has seen a number of changes over the years but having moved from Manchester to Berlin in 2016, is currently settled with Craig (Vocals, Guitar) Olya Dyer (Drums) Max James (Bass) and Leonard Kaage (Guitar). Since the live band was assembled in 2012, TUY have been constantly touring Europe and the rest of the world, consistently selling out shows and receiving widespread praise for their festival performances. Everywhere the band seems to go, their cult following grows.” Do not miss your chance to watch this amazing band play live, surely you will also be part of the band’s ever growing fan base!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 14,30 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Str. 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
Thursday, 9 May: Rymden (Concert)
On Thursday, Dresden welcomes Europe’s brand new jazz supergroup. Made up of three veterans of Nordic Jazz, Rymden is made up of Bugge Wesseltoft, Magnus Öström and Dan Berglund. The later two were founders and members of the Swedish trio esbjörn svensson trio (e.s.t.), which first became a band in 1993. At around the same time in Oslo, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft was taking part in the foundation os the New Conception of Jazz. Both bands had similar concepts, bringing together the sounds and rhythms of club and pop culture along with jazz improvisations. The youth in Berlin, London, and Paris soon discovered a new genre of music which they readily fell in love with and older jazz fans soon had no other choice but to recognize that good jazz doesn’t necessarily have to come from the United States. E.s.t. continued to fill up concert halls throughout Europe until a tragic accident took the life of the trio’s pianist, Esbjörn Svensson. Ten years following his departure, the two remaining integrants of the trio joined forces with Wesseltoft to form a Scandinavian super-band: Rymden. Rymden knows no particular genre. Pop, rock, club music, and even classic finds a way to fit in with the group’s experimental jazz style. Concert goers even claim that the group’s music may even appeal to those who may not be true jazz fans, simply because their improvisational skills are out of this world!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 16 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information: https://www.rymden-music.com/