As a 27-year-old Berlin night owl who once was so dear to nightlife and partying, I sometimes wonder how I ended up spending my Friday night taking an online quiz to find out what sauce doner I am. Now I’m sure most of you can figure it out already. Corona has pushed our limits of mundane activities to a whole new level. You won’t be surprised to find that you’re not the only one watching an old show on TV and wondering how the actors are so close to each other without wearing a mask. As we adapt to the new normal, artists and performers work hard to bring us the best in digital platforms to keep us connected to the world and we can’t thank them enough. You will be very happy if you like immersive experiences, dance, theater, opera, digital art and drag shows! Here is a list of events online that you can book now!
Metamorphosen (Defeat Humanity)
We have lived in the ruins of the Anthropocene for a long time, but can humanity still be saved? Is this the ultimate end of humanity? The Metamorphosen play brings the apocalyptic scenarios into a gruesome reality with references to mythology, literature and science, all in Volksbühne. It starts at 19:00 on 12.02.2021 and is available 24 hours a day. Buy your tickets here.
photo: Julian Röder
Self-love workshops for Valentine’s Day Shimmy Shake
Are you looking for a reconnection with yourself or with your lover (s)? The Shimmy Shake online workshop will teach you all about your sexuality and seduction through dance, rhythm and touch! (February 13, 12: 00-15: 15 p.m.)
Visit their Facebook event for more information. For reservations, send an email to: email@example.com.
Psychedelic hallways? Exploring space like unstable scrambled avatars? The CTM festival surely promises to bring us back to our pre-Covid19 sense of reality with their Cyberia special digital art. CTM Cyberia is a digital experience that invites festival-goers into a Transformational landscape with a wide range of hidden digital artwork ready to be discovered in a confusing environment. Lucas Gutierrez (visual designer) and Elvin Brandhi (sound designer) will take you on a journey to discover the imaginative, expansive and permeable possibilities of online spaces. (from February 13)
For more information, visit their website.
animation: Lucas Gutierrez
Online gaming experience
Peaches will teach you to explore the “Fluid Virtual Universe and Listen to What It Has to Say” in collaboration with Pussykrew as part of the CTM Cyberia mentioned above. They call on you to embrace the surreal state. Visit their Facebook page to be a part of this gaming experience, visit multiple levels, meet avatars and meditate. (February 13) Get a preview of this video.
For all art lovers here is a chance for you to watch the amazing opera Jenůfa directed by Matthias Schulz. There is so much to tell, but let me tell you that opera, human psychology and the turn of the 20th century have never intertwined in such an intriguing way. A love story turned upside down by societal pressure, abandonment, hope, difficult decisions to make, Jenůfa will have an eternal effect on you.
Jenufa will premiere at 8:15 p.m. on 02/14/2021 live and on the 3sat TV channel. More information.
Performed by Venus Boys (a collective of women, non-binary and trans performers) and hosted by HP Loveshaft, Digital Boys will bring you your favorite drag kings, things and beings for an evening of digital drag. Visit their Facebook event for more information: (February 22, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
50% of refugees in Europe are minors, who have reached the continent without being accompanied. They cross the world on foot, on a boat or hidden in a truck. They abandon their realities to embark on a dangerous journey in the hope of a better future in an unknown land and now they are trapped in a legal system. Why? What is it that forces these teenagers to risk everything?
Futureland is a sci-fi documentary play about unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents who have embarked on a journey to Europe from Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Guinea and Bangladesh. As they cannot yet be deported by the authorities due to asylum laws concerning minors, their future and stay in the country is uncertain and in question. We are brought to live an experience that many of us do not know.
Visit their event website for more information and tickets.
photo: Ute Langkafel
Come as you are # Part 2
Choreographed by Israeli performer Nir de Volff, Come as you are #part 2 is a sequel to three dancers who fled the civil war in Syria and brought their unique dance style and quickly established themselves on the dance scene. Berlin. An Israeli-Syrian collaboration, Come as you are, raises public awareness of the cultural enrichment and diversity brought by refugees. Identity politics, integration, cultural heritage, alienation and different sets of realities are harmonized in this dance performance broadcast from Dock11. Don’t miss it! (February 25, 7:00 p.m. – February 26, 11:00 p.m.)
photo: Bernhard Musil
OPEN SPACES – Realize
A variety of different artistic approaches presented in a serious way with a touch of irony by Kareth Schaffer & ninus, David Bloom and Julian Weber. Contemporary aesthetics and lively discussions on current issues of participating artists are presented to you by OPEN SPACES (February 25-28)
For more information, click here.
Mx. Lockdown // A unique digital drag competition
#YesQueen !! An event you can participate in! Like Celine Dion and Conchita Wurst, Pansy and Gieza Poke have the mercy to bring us a one-of-a-kind digital drag contest. CONFINEMENT.
They take the trail to throw us beauty, attitude and glory. Three categories to fight for: Winter Apocalypse Couture, The Last Drag Performance Ever and Evening Wear Eleganza Extravaganza. The world is ending, but let me put on my best dress. Who will be crowned the next queen, king, or the Armageddon thing? This is where we decide. The public will vote for the winner at the end of the evening. It’s live at 7:00 p.m. on February 28!
For more information, please visit their Facebook event. And you can watch the show on Twitch.
>> In C <
An innovative artistic process brought by Sasha Waltz & Guests on the musical basis of Terry Riley >> In C <<. It will be performed in a first livestream version in Berlin on March 6 at 8 p.m. CET. For more information, look here.
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