USA 1982 Koyaanisqatsi

USA 1982 Koyaanisqatsi

USA 1982 Koyaanisqatsi
Silent Movie – Concert
May 4, 2018 | 20:00

USA 1982. Koyaanisqatsi. Or the ambitious meeting between a legendary, civilization questioning American movie and the intense, powerful as well as touching and fragile music of Brussels-based post-rock quartet WE STOOD LIKE KINGS, inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd, Chopin and Mogwai. With their previous releases BERLIN 1927 (Symphony of a Great City – Walter Ruttmann) and USSR 1926 (A Sixth Part of the World – Dziga Vertov) and after more than 200 concerts in 15 countries, the four young musicians have now become a reference in their field on the European scene. They will present their latest soundtrack USA 1982. A mind-blowing experience that appeals to all your senses. Duration: 85 min.

Judith Hoorens, piano – Philip Bolten, guitar – Colin Delloye, bass – Mathieu Waterkeyn, drums




von Simo Vassinen
Performance | World Premiere
May 5, 2018 | 20: 00

Exactly one week before this year’s Eurovision main event, Simo Vassinen’s one-man cabaret travels back in time to the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcasted live from the Cinecittà film studios in Rome during the last echoes of the Cold War, the evening brought 22 nations on stage to sing songs of freedom, a dream that shall not die, and thunderstorms. This multidisciplinary performance shares the story of a train travel from Paris to Belgrade where Finnish journalist and performance artist Simo Vassinen looked for clues about European identities – ending up in the kitchen of the French Eurovision participant Amina Annabi and hunting around Serbia for Baby Doll, the last Eurovision performer of Yugoslavia. An homage to the cabaret past and the atmosphere of the historical silent film theatre.

CINECITTÀ receives funding by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Concept & Performance: Simo Vassinen |Soundscapes: Islaja | Video Design: Natalia Sookias | Piano: Kelly Wyse | Styling: Tamara Dauenhauer




Olympic Orchestra
May 10, 2018 | 20:00

The 16-piece Olympic Orchestra crosses boundaries between jazz, pop and chamber music, reminiscent of bands like Sigur Ros, Woodkid and Snarky Puppy. Visually, the orchestra is characterised by its minimalist aesthetics. With impressive lighting concepts and pictorial music the listener will be taken on a journey through sound and image.
The orchestra consisting of 16 musicians from Germany and Poland presents its debut album „Ground” – including members of the “Deutsche Oper” and winners of the renowned „Europäischen Burghauser Nachwuchs Jazzpreis”.


COMPOSITION & DIRECTION Fabian Sackis SINGING Veronika Morscher | Rebekka Ziegler | Laura Totenhagen | Victor Rodriguez STRINGS Magdalena Ksiadzyna | Maria Reich | Paulina Szudrowicz | Margarethe Niebuhr BLOWERS Konstantin Döben | Otto Hirte | Marc Doffey | Jan Landowski PERCUSSIONS Fabian Sackis | Benjamin Geyer | Leo Eisenach | Lukas Akintaya




Punk Opera
May 11 & 13 | 20:00

ALCHEMY OF PUNK is an eclectic punk opera composed of classical music, baroque songs, mediaeval madrigals, punk music, industrial rock, cabaret and chansons; a groundbreaking extravaganza, bringing together the greatest voices of classical opera, punk and industrial rock in an explosive spectacle, melting together theatrical and musical experience, video installation and live performance. The Punk Opera is constantly crossing the lines between high art and subculture, deploying transgressions regarding genre, gender, time and age, the exploration of interspaces between dance, music, theater, video and the melting together of classical music with punk into an eclectic composition, in search of a possible genealogy of punk. It is about a heritage of subversion, rebellion and freedom, discovered and transmitted in many forms throughout art history.

Featuring the star soprano Simone Kermes, along with underground diva Mona Mur and the legend of industrial music En Esch (exKMFDM), FM Einheit, acclaimed industrial and electronic musician, and former founding member of the Einstürzende Neubauten, the French chanteuse Zazie de Paris, together with brilliant German bariton Max Raabe, the Swiss conceptual artist Dieter Meier, founder of the famous electro-pop duo Yello and many more. All these artists have one thing in common: strict uncompromisingness, lust for transgression, and claim for authenticity.


Aneta Panek – Concept, Artistic Direction & Camera | Diana Näcke – Montage & Camera | Ulf Scheel – Sound | Mona Mur – Sound Mix | Patricia Walczak & Misa Namura – Costumes | Yvonne Joseph & Pascale Jean-Louis – Make-up | Jan Bek – Production | Stefan Wolf, Marcelo Schmittner & Piotr Mordel – Lights | Tilman Agueras – Technics

Musicians & Performers: Simone Kermes – Soprano | Daniel Heide – Piano | Matthias Eichhorn – Bass | Jan Roth – Drumms | Mona Mur – Vocals | En Esch – E-Guitar and Vocals | FM Einheit – Electronic Music | Zazie de Paris – Vocals | Gerhard A. Schiewe – Accordeon | Max Raabe – Vocals | Takushi Minagawa – Countertenor | Rieko Okuda – Synthesizer | Dieter Meier – Guitar & Vocals | Gina Schulte Am Hülse – Vocals | Lutz Fahrenkrog-Petersen – Bass | Mike Vamp – Guitar | Thomas Pfalz – Saxophone & Harmonica | Emanuel Hauptmann – Drumms | Parisienne Sasazuka – Drag Queen Striptease | Anna Bloda – Burlesque Performance | Hope Fukiko – Angel | Kostek Szydłowski – Devil | Susana Abdul Majid – Dervish | Andrzej T. Wirth – the false Prophet | Yoriko Maeno – Dance | Meritxell Campos Olivé – Dance | Martin Buczko – Dance


Berlin Burlesque Week

Berlin Burlesque Week

Berlin Burlesque Week’s
Burlesque Show
May 12, 2018 | 20:00

The Berlin Burlesque Week finishes off with a bombastic climax as we all come together for a sensational GALA SPECTACULAR! Featuring some of the finest performers from Berlin and beyond. The Gala Spectacular! is the featured event, summing up a week of fantastic shows including drag, burlesque, circus, and more! Don’t miss your opportunity to see international artists!

Headliner: Michelle L’amour (USA) Host: Koko La Douce (CH)

Performer: Ginger Synne (DE) | Akynos in Koffee (USA) | Ruby Champagne (USA) | Tom Harlow (UK) | Lotta Love (SK) | The Diamond Dahlia (AUS) | Viv Clicquot (CA) | Alexander the Great (USA) | La Viola Vixen (AUS) | Whisky Falls (UK) Stage Crew: Louise the Breeze (FR) | Lolita Va Voom (USA)





CYBORG-CITY / The Battle of Troy.kon
Borgtheater – cyborg performing theater
18.-20. May 2018 | 19:00 to 22:00
world premiere

Without you, there’s no game!

After the successful conclusion of the Heraclid trilogy at the Berlin Performing Arts Festival 2016 (link: reviews and video on www.cyborg-city.eu) we now move to the next level – after CYBORG-CITY 2048, whose inhabitants are digitized / subjected to a simulated world at an advanced stage.

The spectators enter this city of the future as players on the side of cyborgians or trojakonics, and fight for or against the primacy of mechanization and digitization, for or against the disembodiment of man. They go from room to room and set figures and scenes in motion – like in a video game. Like (video game) players, they must demonstrate their learned skills in confrontation.

CYBORG-CITY / The Battle for Troy.kon is the new production of the serial
Concept Cybernetic Organism Theater, which gives viewers the opportunity to take responsibility for and the consequences of digitization and mechanization through participation. The interactive game developed in collaboration with a game designer transforms the virtual world, the characters of a video-computer game into concrete games between the player and the actor. The participation of the spectators makes it possible to experience what happens when it is no longer possible to distinguish between reality and simulation, diversity has been lost due to the need to optimize, and the power center Cyborg Valley threatens to subjugate everything.

Admission is in 7 minute intervals in groups of 6 audience. You must book a specific time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your allotted time, latecomers will not be admitted.

This show is interactive and performed in German, good efficiency in German is necessary to participate.

WITH Ensemble Cybernetic Organism Theater | DIRECTOR, DRAMATURGIE, PIECE DEVELOPMENT Kasteleiner / König | COMPUTER GAME CONSULT Inge Ling | STAGE N.N. | COSTUME Laura Burkhardt | PRODUCTION cyborgproduction

In cooperation with: Jugendkulturzentrum Königstadt.
SPONSORED by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and the district office Berlin-Pankow.


The Wandering

The Wandering

The Wandering
Opera Ivré in collaboration with Per Aspera
May 24 & 25, 2018 | 20:00
May 27, 2018 | 17:00
June 6, 2018 | 20:00 (part of Performing Arts Festival Berlin)

The Wandering is a stream-of-consciousness opera based on James Joyce’s Ulysses. It takes its libretto directly from the text of Ulysses by extracting and assembling sentences and phrases into pieces of a puzzle. With the same irreverence as Joyce
transformed the Odyssey into a modern reflection on humanity, so The Wandering extracts Ulysses into a very current Berlin story – a walking tone-poem on the migration of the modern human being through life in search of meaning. A fire in the human psyche is triggered musically by the use of simple counterpoints and thematic repetition.

The piece is decidedly Berlin, as a collaboration between Opera Ivre (Ken Shakin), Tacheles Art Academy (Tim Roeloffs, Txus Parras, Anita Greschak), and Per Aspera (Brina Stinehelfer, Theater im Delphi) the style and themes of the show are alive with Berlin references and influences, past and present. The audience can expect to sink into an absurd, interactive, and moving underworld with a cast of misfits in search of hope, satisfaction, and ultimately a life worth living.

Ken Shakin, composer | Brina Stinehelfer, director | Tim Roeloffs, art director

Donna Lee, soprano |Alexander Simoes, tenor | DaRell Haynes, baritone | Sabia Kahn, performer | Udo Wiegand, performer | Sarah McKee, performer | Ken Shakin, music director | Tim Roeloffs, set & props | Txus Parras, Animation | Anita Greschak, Costume design | Tilman Agueras, Video & Light design


Berlin Music Video Awards

Berlin Music Video Awards

Berlin Music Video Awards
The “Glittering Carpet” Event
Final Ceremony | Final Awards
May 26 | 18:00

After five successful editions, the Berlin Music Video Awards, which started as a local competition in 2013, is now considered one of the largest international music video festivals. The four-day festival features screenings of the winning videos, award ceremonies, live shows, workshops and parties, without losing sight of its roots and thereby personal touch. Some of the best music video makers, renowned producers and labels will be there.

The glamorous closing ceremony delivers a diverse program featuring the winners, special guests and live shows. Fashion is an integral part of music videos, which is why the finale of the Berlin Music Video Awards will reward the best alternative designers with a small fashion show.