Hero: A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievement or noble qualities (Oxford Dictionaries). Notice the keywords that strike out of that well constructed definition; admired, courage, outstanding achievement, noble. How would you define a hero? Is the concept as clear cut as the sentence above or this a lot more at play?
Video director, artist and choreographer Holly Blakey opens up a queer, sexual Garden of Eden in her latest movement piece Some Greater Class at the Southbank Centre. Known for her work with the likes of Florence and the Machine and Jungle, Blakey offers us an explorative critique into the the dynamics of contemporary pop culture.
In 2008 as a group of scientists in Geneva were making decisions about the Large Hadron Collider, regular folk like us across the world were carrying on our daily lives, pondering at what it all meant and making mosquito sized decisions in comparison.
How a simple four letter word can be incredibly complicated? Love appears in various forms and guises, each individual interpreting it in their own unique way. Love is universal, No Offence Theatre creating a foundation of immediacy with their latest production, Torn Apart (Dissolution).
Synonymous with his collection of fables utilising animals as a means of symbolism, Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book has inspired the works of many. The fine line between us humans and animals has been a topic that will continue to fascinate. Drawing on Kipling’s narrative of a humab being brought up by a collective of animals, Alistair Wilkinson’s Man-Cub seeks to draw a parallel between this and a sexual awakening of a young male on a night out in Greece.
PeterLicht is an award winning German indie electropop musician, concept artist and author from Cologne. Up until mid-2006, PeterLicht would not reveal any biographical details nor have his photo taken. When he appeared on a TV show in 2006, only his body was filmed. PeterLicht is less secretive now and happily signs his book after the concert.
Songs like “Lob der Realität” (Praising Reality) or “Lied vom Ende des Kapitalismus” (Song about the End of Capitalism) earned PeterLicht the title “social theorist among pop artists”. Indeed, some of his work echoes the system theorist Niklas Lumann. PeterLicht has also written music for various stage productions, including Karoshi (2003) and Wir werden siegen (2005) at the Kammerspiele, where he also directed the production Räume räumen (2009). PeterLicht returns to Munich with his stage show Emotionale hört die Signale! Auf zum letzten Verzicht! (Emotionale, Heed the Signals! On to the Last Abstention).
Together with Tobias Philippen, who plays a variety of instruments including the e-piano, electric guitar, trumpet and percussion, the skilful wordsmith PeterLicht presents a revue including some of his most popular songs. After starting off with the punchy tune “Der böse Mann” (The Wicked Man), PeterLicht reads a passage from his book – “Lob der freien Welt” (Praise of the Free World) – before exploring the meaning of happiness in “Das absolute Glück“(Absolute Happiness), followed by the lyrical ballad “Es bleibt uns der Wind” (We Still have the Wind).
PeterLicht is more of a musical poet or balladeer than a pop musician. His texts are often very lyrical but he also combines poetry with puns and indulges in dry humour like in “Wettentspannen” (Relaxation Race) or “Trennungslied” (Separation Song): ” Hauptsache wir sitzen am Ende alle im selben Heim, denn ohne all die anderen Getrennten möchten wir nicht alleine sein” (The main thing is we all end up in the same home because without the other separated folks we don’t want to be alone). Of course the evening also includes the hit single “Sonnendeck” (Sun Deck) and “Begrabt mein iPhone” (Bury My iPhone).
Based on “The Internationale“, PeterLicht presents “Die Emotionale“, turning it into a sing-along: He hands out his sheets with his slightly updated lyrics himself before the auditorium reverbarates with PeterLicht’s linguistic acrobatics.
PeterLicht’s show is very rewarding but requires fluent German or else you will fail to grasp the jokes and innuendos. 4/5
Review written by Carolin Kopplin.
Concert PeterLicht was shown at the Muncher Kammerspiele. For more information on the concert, visit here…
The NSU (National Socialist Underground) is a right-wing terrorist organization in Germany that is held accountable for ten murders by the German criminal justice system. Five individuals have been on trial at the Higher Regional Court in Munich since May 2013 – Beate Zschäpe, André Eminger, Holger Gerlach, Carsten Schultze and former NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) official Ralf Wohlleben. Zschäpe must answer charges of being the principal perpetrator in ten murders and serious arson and of being a member of a terrorist organization. The trial is expected to continue until September 2017. But will the sentencing of the guilty parties lead to a cathartic purification of society? Director Ersan Mondtag sees the trial itself as “only a minor detail in this ever-growing complexity of guilt, for which no closure exists”.
Ink is a raw, twisted narrative by James Graham that investigates how ethics become conflicted once money starts rolling in. Who, what, when, where and why- the latter is the least important to answer, but the most crucial to ask. Graham’s narrative gives the right amount of exposition whilst also leaving a lot to be desired, and even makes the occasional political jab.