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”

Majolica Magic

Yesterday was International Museum Day, so I am one day late with a museum post, but actually, every day is museum day, right? On Monday the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna had a very special evening: Notte della Maiolica Italiana – Night of Italian Majolica. Why Italian? Because for one, the ItalianContinue reading “Majolica Magic”

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”

When I know your soul – Modigliani

For just a few more days you have a chance to see the first large exhibition of this Italian painter/sculptor´s works at the Albertina Museum, together with selected pieces by some of his contemporaries, such as Pablo Picasso, André Derain, and the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Their works are also juxtaposed by artifacts of prehistoric andContinue reading “When I know your soul – Modigliani”

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.

Relative Values

It´s premiere night! Here is your chance, but only for a few days, to see a hilarious English play in Vienna, and, while you´re having fun, doing some good for the arts as well. Art For Charity and vienna theatre project are putting on Relative Values by the English playwright Noël Coward at Le StudioContinue reading “Relative Values”

A time of transition – The Age of Dürer

Currently at the Belvedere Museum there is a new exhibition of art from an often neglected period: the time of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when artists were beginning to develop new themes, beyond the exclusive focus on religious themes, and new techniques such as a move towards showing depth and perspective.Continue reading “A time of transition – The Age of Dürer”