Fun events in Stuttgart in 2017

Hi guys! I used the public holiday last friday to check out events in Stuttgart in 2017. And what can I say, I think this will be another fun packed year. These are my personal highlights, I am looking forward to in particular:

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World class dance companies at Colours – International Dance Festival

For the last three weeks Stuttgart has been the place where world class dance companies from all around the globe met. We are quite blessed with amazing dance companies in Stuttgart anyway, with the likes of Stuttgart Ballet and Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus but the Colours – International Dance Festival has put a cherry on top of it.

Colours – this name was chosen wisely by Eric Gauthier, the artist director of the festival and director of Gauthier Dance who came up with the idea and concept of the festival. All the different colours represent diversity and a huge variety of meanings. A great name for a dance festival that has the goal of bringing all kind of people and dance companies together and of stirring this huge crowd only to watch the audience performing with the professional dancers (as seen on the pre-opening event on the Marktplatz or in the different workshops) and thus add another colour to the big picture.

I was lucky enough to see three amazing performances of very different dance companies. I started with “Kamuyot” from star choreographer Ohad Naharin, performed by Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

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If you want to put all the ideas of the festival into one play, you would end up with Kamuyot. Performed in the gymnasium of the Theaterhaus the atmosphere was very relaxing and easy. At the beginning, the dancers sat among the audience, you could even chat with them. When the music started, the fireworks began. Ranging from classical to raggae and Asian pop, the variety couldn’t have been more colourful. And when the dancers started to invite members of the audience on stage to join them, it became obvious that dance is truly for everybody, no matter how old you are or what language you speak

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The second show I saw was “Milonga” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler’s Wells. And that night, it was tango time.

A scene from Milonga @ Theatre Jorat, Switzerland. Directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Produced by Sadler's Wells. (Opening 23-05-13) ©Tristram Kenton 05/13 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

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I didn’t know much about tango before but I was thrilled. What a show! What a dance! The play showed how different tango styles can be performed by telling the tales of different couples. Once, it was fast and breathtaking, then calm and romantic. One couple was cheeky, the next one sad. Once, you watched two young people fall in love, in the next scene you were in the middle of a fight only to witness a tragic break up a few minutes later. And the music, played by an original Argentine tango band live on stage, did the rest. Did I already mention that I was thrilled?! Smiley

A scene from Milonga @ Theatre Jorat, Switzerland. Directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Produced by Sadler's Wells. (Opening 23-05-13) ©Tristram Kenton 05/13 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

I had decided to see a funny show, too. That’s how I got myself right into “Blue Love”, a physical theatre comedy by Shaun Parker. The evening started with the two actors handing out popcorn and free beer to the audience. Sweet! Smiley  In “Blue Love”, the fictive couple of Glenn and Rhonda Flune tells the audience about their love story, backed-up by home made films.

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However, their relationship isn’t as perfect as they want it to be and they find themselves right in the middle of a huge fight, conducting their marital dispute in quotations from pop songs: “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden, “ says Glenn and Rhonda answers “Love is a battlefield”. I could have watched their pop song fight forever. Soooo funny!

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What a festival! What a colourful variety and selection of performing companies! I really hope that Colours will be held in Stuttgart again next year. And the year after. And  the year after that and… Smiley

 

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Colours – International Dance Festival

 

Dance for everybody “Colours- International Dance Festival”

Stuttgart is moved by colours these days. After I had visited the pre-opening of “Colours – International Dance Festival” at the Marktplatz two weeks ago, I couldn’t wait for it to begin. I had booked the workshop “Dance for everybody (Tanz für alle)” held by Eric Gauthier, artistic director of the festival and director of the Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

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We were 30 people in the workshop. Some were semi-professional dancers, others (like me) were there for fun. And fun we had! Eric is a very relaxed guy and an entertaining coach. It was interesting to see a pro like him at work. He came up with a choreography for us during the workshop. We tried something, if it looked good, we adopted it, if it looked bad, he thought of something else.

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I think we did quite well even though we lost it as soon as he stopped leading and guiding us… Smiley Oh well, I think we might need one or two more rehearsals but then we should be ready for the big stage! ;-P

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It was great to see that also non-professional dancers like us can successfully perform a choreography that looks quite nice after three hours of practising. It all depends on having the right teacher Smiley. So thank you Eric for a fun afternoon and a great workshop!

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Now I am even more excited to see some of the international dance companies at Colours! I got invited to see three performances: “Kamuyot” – performed by Gauthier Dance, “m¡longa” – from the Flemish-Moroccan star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and “Blue Love” by the Shaun Parker Company. Stay tuned for more!

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Theaterhaus Stuttgart (only in German)

 

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Are you moved by colours already, too? Eric Gauthiers “Colours – International Dance Festival” has featured a special pre-opening event on Friday at Marktplatz: “Colours in the City”. (Sorry for the slightly blurry pictures, my camera went on strike and I had to use my phone…)

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Despite the grey sky hundreds of ballet – and Eric Gauthier – junkies made their way to Marktplatz, right in front of the city hall, to take part in the free mini workshops and watch short extracts of the performances that will be held at Theaterhaus from the 25th of June to the 12th of July.

I wasn’t sure if workshops with such a large crowd would work well – but they did! Stuttgart was truly moved by colours! No matter if it was Hip Hop, Bollywood or classical Ballet, everybody was participating! Only the tango lesson was a bit too tricky for some of us… Smiley

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It was so much fun dancing in such a large crowd. It wasn’t that hard, either. Plus, dancers from Eric Gauthier’s dance company were everywhere and if you couldn’t follow what was going on on the stage or the big screen, you could look at them.

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Next to the workshops there were performances of the international dance companies that will participate in the festival.

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My favorite was the “football ballet”. Yep, you read correctly. A slow motion scene from a football match, VfB Stuttgart against Borussia Dortmund Smiley, where Stuttgart gets a free kick. Sososo good! Eric Gauthier plays the referee who has to deal with cheeky players that hit each other behind his back and stuff like that. Very, very funny Smiley

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After this great pre-opening, I am even more excited about the festival. I got tickets for three performances: “Kamuyot” – performed by Gauthier Dance, “m¡longa” – from the Flemish-Moroccan star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and “Blue Love” by the Shaun Parker Company. Plus, I will participate in a workshop held by Eric Gauthier: “Dance for everybody” – and after the short workshops at Marktplatz, I think this will be really, really good! Smiley Hurry up if you want to see some performances as well, most of the shows are sold out already!

How about you, guys? Did you participate in the pre-opening event, too? How did you like it? Or will you go see a show at the Theaterhaus? Feel free to share your thoughts! Smiley

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