Bibi Sara Kali: Cultural identities at WERK X-Petersplatz

What if you never knew your cultural identity? If you were not aware of your heritage, because, somehow, your mother “forgot” to mention it to you? And why? Those are the questions asked in this highly engaging and topical play “Bibi Sara Kali” by Ibrahim Amir and Simonida Selimović. I was lucky enough to beContinue reading “Bibi Sara Kali: Cultural identities at WERK X-Petersplatz”

The circus was in town

Cover image: Lily Paul Roncalli performing a stunning dance number on top of a pool table. It has been a long while, since before Covid-19 struck, since I have been to the circus. I like very little better than photography of stage performances, and the circus is especially magical, with its great lights and colours.Continue reading “The circus was in town”

The State on Trial: Asylum Tribunal

All things are well with asylum processes and rights in my home country, are they not? This, at any rate, is often the official government line. Of course it all depends whose side you are on. The current performances by Theaterkollektiv Hybrid on Vienna´s Judenplatz in cooperation with Werk X-Petersplatz, pitch the side of theContinue reading “The State on Trial: Asylum Tribunal”

Broken-hearted boogie: Trümmerherz

A play that moves. At first glance, a simple story, yet after a while, I realised, not so simple after all. The themes of Bernhard Bilek’s play “Trümmerherz” are age-old: love, jealousy, friendship, heartache, and also: sexual attraction, longing, deception, violence, gender, the spoils of war, society. There are so many layers in this storyContinue reading “Broken-hearted boogie: Trümmerherz”

Improv at Das Vindobona

This week I discovered a (for me) new, but actually quite old, performance and supper venue in Vienna´s 20th district. The Vindobona on Wallensteinplatz near U4 Friedensbrücke is a multifunctional theater hall that offers a wide range of both in-house productions and guest theatre or musical performances, concerts, readings, varieté, burlesque and travesty shows, cabaret,Continue reading “Improv at Das Vindobona”

More KlezMore please!

Last week I also had a chance to see (and photograph, with permission) a double concert during Vienna´s 18th KlezMore Festival (6-21 November 2021) at various venues around town. Here are some impressions.

Love(r)´s labour ´s never lost

Life is for lovers, isn´t it? I´m in love. Have been for a long time – with the English Lovers! This troupe of brilliant improvisers with nigh Shakespearean linguistic smarts has been performing in Vienna a good two decades. When I go to see a performance by the English Lovers, it is like meeting oldContinue reading “Love(r)´s labour ´s never lost”

Return of the dead to Weltmuseum Wien

Yes, they are back this weekend, the dead and not so dead, celebrating Día de los Muertos with a whole series of events at Weltmuseum Wien.  After a year´s absence, fortunately the Weltmuseum opened its doors again for the festivities and exhibitions surrounding this traditional Mexican holiday.  Why, you might ask, would a Mexican holidayContinue reading “Return of the dead to Weltmuseum Wien”

Subjective stories of objects at Weltmuseum Wien

Things.  Lots of things.  Beautiful, curious, “exotic”, “ethnic”, historic things.  That is what you will find at the Weltmuseum Wien, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts accumulated by collectors over the last few centuries by explorers of other worlds.  These traveling collectors (such as Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este) were usually rich orContinue reading “Subjective stories of objects at Weltmuseum Wien”

Love – actually, Ganymed in love at the KHM

All you need is love, and Ganymed: another wonderful evening of performances and art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.  What a beautiful evening of theatre, and music, dance, and the visual delights of the setting at the KHM!   Love and song – songs about romantic love dominate the charts.  But do we really knowContinue reading “Love – actually, Ganymed in love at the KHM”