Hans Christian Andersen in London – A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre

Exactly a year ago we came to London’s Bridge Theatre for the first time. It had only opened recently but we were standing in front of closed doors. Not even the foyer lights were switched on. I had bought the tickets a month before when looking for a Christmassy night out; not something as loud as a … Continue reading Hans Christian Andersen in London – A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre

Bioluminescence in Bologna: Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar

Finally I am in the same city at the same time as Toruk, Cirque Du Soleil’s take on James Cameron’s Avatar. I wanted to see it since I first stumbled upon a call for puppeteers in the newsletter of the Jim Henson Association years ago. Now I am in Bologna, a lively city on a … Continue reading Bioluminescence in Bologna: Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar

Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London

Angela Carter was born in 1940 so there is no big anniversary this year but for some reason she seems everywhere: This summer gave us a fantastic TV documentary which made me proud to live in country where programs about authors are being shown on Saturday night at prime time. Since then the BBC published … Continue reading Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London

Borderless, timeless, endless – the Digital Art Museum of teamLab in Tokyo’s Mori Building, Odaiba

The first time we encountered this brand new museum in Japan’s capital was when TimeOut London listed it in their museum envy column even before it opened, admitting that the information on the exhibition, tickets and opening times was sparse but that interactive 360 degree screening was to be expected, created by an art collective … Continue reading Borderless, timeless, endless – the Digital Art Museum of teamLab in Tokyo’s Mori Building, Odaiba

Crowning the perfect day at the Eden Project with Bjork in Cornwall

The perfect day starts on a campsite, tidy washing facilities and a walk of 15 minutes to the actual Eden Project ahead of us: We have tickets for Bjork tonight, playing for 6500 people with the well-known honeycomb globes behind the stage. It sounds like the most logical setting for a singer who has made … Continue reading Crowning the perfect day at the Eden Project with Bjork in Cornwall

Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Richard McElvain’s performance of The Chess Player based on Stefan Zweig’s short novel is radical and respectful, frightening and enlightening – a good tale is being promised in the story which forms the framework on a cruise ship and we will not be disappointed. McElvain has not only adapted Zweig’s Schachnovelle, post-humously published in the … Continue reading Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Mindfreaked by Criss Angel in Las Vegas’ Luxor pyramid

You cannot go to Las Vegas without seeing a magic show, an illusionist, some high-profile legerdemain –this is the conclusion after having had dinner accompanied by a celebrity magician even I heard of back in Europe without following casting shows like America’s got Talent: The famous Shimshi jumped acrobatically around the stage, played mind games … Continue reading Mindfreaked by Criss Angel in Las Vegas’ Luxor pyramid

A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London

Sometimes we come across something by pure chance and we know immediately it is going to be relevant and important for the rest of our lives. When I was in my college years it was music-wise Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love and Björk’s Medulla. Film-wise it must have been Kill … Continue reading A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London