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Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: zombie puppets

By on okt 26, 2015 in globalize cologne | 0 comments

We’ve seen some weird stuff at #GC2015, we’ve heard some disturbing stories from other places of the world and we slipped into the skin of strange people. But none of that surpasses the scary puppets that raised up from puppet hell to terrorize the puppeteers. After Sashko Brama and DER STAAT we were quite ready for a good laugh. And that was exactly what Tof théâtre delivered with an super clever super compressed performance of 18 minutes in which two new creatures where born and killed, raised from puppet heaven only to return as a zombie puppets ready to slice the puppeteers. It sounds ridiculous I know, but we all saw it happen, as real as reality can get. Scary shit to laugh your lungs out! But wait. It gets even better. Cause afterwards all us happy parents got to make a zombie puppet together with our kids and guess what? Mine have come to life...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: at last we get to pull the strings

By on okt 25, 2015 in globalize cologne | 0 comments

#GC2015 was all about our role in theatre, but we had to wait till the last day of the festival before we really got to pull the strings with Kate McIntosh’s ALL EARS. Too bad it didn’t make any sense to most of us. What can I say? There’s always a performance that just doesn’t get to you. This was the one. McIntosh started with a lot of questions, some of them funny, but compared to the amount of questions asked, it was a sparse collection of laughs. And after that we got to take the place apart. Pulling things connected to the wires, making chairs fall, pans crash and create a whole lot of noise. Noise that was supposedly recorded, because a little later we got to hear it again, with an added post production to dramatize the sounds. Funny at moments, but all in all it seemed more of a theatre ‘exercise’ than a play that plays the minds and hearts...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: nevermind the state

By on okt 25, 2015 in globalize cologne | 0 comments

What happens when a performance is really up to the audience? Alexander Manuiloff has created a play that lets you experience just that. You’re not totally left in the dark though: there’s one light and a table with something on it… At the end we could all take a piece of the script home. And Manuiloff was there to ask us not to share more then three lines of it online, since the piece is going to be shown in other European cities. A request I’m sure all the attendants are going to obey. I’m going to give you nothing more than was already revealed: the story unravels around the self-burning of a Bulgarian in 2013. It is the main story line, but at the same time it is really just a line, so people have something to digest, to hold on to. Participation is so often such a forced joke. Like when you’re online and bump into some ‘interactive’...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: finally doom that makes sense

By on okt 25, 2015 in globalize cologne | 0 comments

What can you do when your country is destroyed? “Nothing” was not an option for Sashko Brama. So he put together a theatric metal performance to bring his message across. With great succes. As some of you might have read I was skeptical about this kind of engagement. For me, engagement in music too often feels as just another way of self promotion, even when the self proclaimed prophets are sincere in their core. And I have to admit that five minutes after Sashko Brama started, I feared the worst. But he turned it all around. First those five minutes. Honestly, musically it’s not something that you’d want to know too much about. If you love metal, you’re not going to enjoy this bad impression of it. If you don’t like it, well… But here’s the thing, and I know I’m going to sound like an old retarded guy now: Pop music used to be...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: hard work to follow the right ETIQUETTE

By on okt 24, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

I have to say I was a bit afraid for this performance. I met my current wife while participating in fake speeddate performance on a festival. I was married to someone else at the time. So without sharing all the details lets just assume I know first hand that one simple performance can change your life. But my fear was misplaced. When you really follow ‘ETIQUETTE’, you’re way too busy performing. With ETIQUETTE, two people take the role of performer, following a script that unfolds by someone talking to you through headphones (you might have seen the video footage in my earlier post). It builds up nicely, first introducing you to the format, giving you time to adapt, then pulling you in through the story itself. Watch out! If you are to fall in love, it’s at this moment! But if you keep up with the script, it becomes quite difficult to get lost in the story. For...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: senses totally controlled by MatchAtria

By on okt 22, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

It’s always a risk when you’re really looking forward to see something. The reality often doesn’t match the image you’ve made in your head. I deliberately took that risk with MatchAtria, after seeing their trailer of the show (which you can see here). And it didn’t match. Don’t get me wrong. Yui Kawaguchi is an amazing dancer and I was intrigued by the way she was interacting with the 3D graphics. I was also fooled and tickled by the mind blowing surround sound production, which was just perfectly timed. I looked behind me several times, thinking someone was right behind me. At the tech company I work, we would call it pixel perfect. But despite the beating placebo heart I was holding in my hands, supposedly connected to the heart of dancer, I just wasn’t touched. I suppose the image I created in my head, was one where I could actually...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: no date for me

By on okt 22, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

So there I was: eye to eye with a real ‘lügendetektor’. But that was not everything the installation DATE ME offered. There were visuals that I didn’t really register consciously. And there was noise. A lot of noise. I liked the noise, but I didn’t like the end result: not an artist, but a liar… Looking back at it, I think it went wrong with the question about stoeckelschuhe. I said yes, but felt uncomfortable, because I had no clue what the word means. Turns out I confessed that I wear high heals… Maybe the machine knew I was lying without me even knowing it! Either way, there was no date for the lying fake artist in me yesterday :-) All in all, DATE ME is what you want from an installation: a short shot of adrenaline, a laugh, a serious thought. And then you’re ready for the next one. That’s the only problem with these kind of...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: Dimchev did it again

By on okt 21, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

What a wonderful kickoff of #GC2015 that was. It all started even before the festival was officially opened. A little bit confusing, but I think that is actually good thing. Also a good thing was the opening speech, this time done by a puppet, doing a historic speech. But lets not get off track. In the end it was what it was, an opening speech. The real thing was yet to come. As you might have read, I saw Ivo Dimchev in the tough and rough city of Rotterdam. And looking back on it now, it was much better in Cologne. , mainly because the tension seemed to be bigger this time. In Rotterdam it almost was too easy a question, something that was just fun to do. In Cologne, the conflict, the tension, it was really part of the show. It may not be a secret that I loved it. Dimchev did it. Again. He pushed the audience of Cologne to think about the taboos and borders of performing art with a...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: unkown ground is more interesting

By on okt 18, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

After that last preview I’m a bit reluctant to go on. As a matter of fact I will stop pointing you to spoilers of the performance you’re going to see at #GC2015. I’m going to leave it up to yourself and to the moment. But I do have the one thing you really need for next week (if you can’t wait, it’s at the bottom of the page…) It is as with reviewing bands. When I worked for Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, we roughly had two types of live reviews: The first type was about bands we never saw before. The second was about artists we knew so well that the review was a kind of ‘check up’: are they doing an interesting interpretation of the new record? Are they still good live? I never liked the second one. The only surprise that could happen was that the show wasn’t as good as expected. Whereas with the new bands it was more like a travel...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: DER STAAT

By on okt 16, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

Ok, this is the kind of performance you should NOT Google. Just don’t. I did it and it spoilt my evening. Like you don’t want to know the score of a soccer game upfront, or the end of a James Bond movie… oh no, wait. Forget that. DER STAAT, I think we all know what we need to know to make this performance one we will remember. So stop searching for more information, just come to the performance. To get you in the right mood without giving anything away, I’d like to inspire you all with something completely irrelevant that still feels appropriate somehow: a nice new video the Dutch band De Staat just released…. Damn, now I did gave the end score away after all ;-) >>> More about DER STAAT at...