Theatre on Sunday, Dance on Monday, History on Tuesday, Film on Wednesday, Painting on Thursday, Mother Earth on Friday, Comics on Saturday… Find what suits you best in this 9th Kulturwurst !
► Sunday 12th : Roberto Succo
At the age of 19, Roberto stabbed his mother and his father, a police officer, who had refused to lend him their car. He then escaped, hiding his parents’ bodies in the bathtub covered in water and lime to delay the discovery of the murders. After having spent a few years in a psychiatric prison, escaped and committed many more murders, he ended up being considered Public Enemy number one by France, Italy, and Switzerland.
You can imagine that writing a play based on the life and crimes of Mr. Succo would create quite a scandal…but that’s what Bernard-Marie Koltès, one of the most incredible playwright of the 20th century, did in 1990. His play was first performed in Berlin, and comes back home this week-end, staged by a Finnish group of theatre students (but with English subtitles ;) ).
► Monday 13th : Part of You
First opened as a ballroom in 1863, Ballhaus Naunynstraßeand is now a focal point for artists who position themselves as migrants or “post-migrants”, at the heart of the multicultural district of Kreuzberg. Next week, the dancers of Grupo Oito will show their new production, Part of You, a performance that investigates the effects of increasing surveillance and control on our bodies and our perception of space. In our Iphone/Laptop/GPS society, what are our freedoms made of and are we prepared to give them up ? That’s one of the question raised by the group. Premiere on Monday, and each following evening until Saturday.
► Tuesday 14th : Daily routine in the GDR
► Wednesday 15th : Achtung !
► Thursday 16th : BISKY, BALAGAN, BÖTZOW
Unlike the elegantly restored Kulturbrauerei, the Bötzow brewery has been abandoned and forgotten during many years. But this time is over ! Bought in 2010 by a wealthy German businessman, it is now being reconverted in a hype and trendy artistic centre. Even if the architecture and the interior design already make it worth visiting this surprising building, the current exhibition Balagan should achieve to convince you.
German artist Norbert Bisky spent three months in Tel-Aviv and came back with compositions painted especially for the exhibition space of the Bötzow. The artworks created during this time are devoted to urbanity, feelings of impenetrability regarding our real and virtual living environments. This installation of a bus crash could help you guess the meaning of the enigmatic exhibition title…Balagan can mean confusion and chaos as well as partying and exuberance !
► Friday 17th : Genesis
Two other very interesting exhibitions are also on display at the C/O, Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive and Kunst, Freiheit und Lebensfreude.
► Saturday 18th : Comic Invasion !
A huge comic exhibition, book signings, comic contest, presentations, concerts (OMP and Susanna Berivan), food trucks… A new edition of the Berlin Comics Festival is held next week-end at Urban Spree in Friedrichshain, and it’s all free ! Since March 27th and until the end of the month, a number or satellite events are also organized all around Berlin, check out the program here.
► Looking for more suggestions ?
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