How does West Side Story relate to Legida or Pegida demonstrations? Our arts and culture insider gives us her views and review on the Broadway and Hollywood classic as currently performed in Leipzig.
Our arts and culture columnist today shows us some of the international and local highlights in art found along the streets, and gives us some historical and cultural insights into their often controversial medium, which is increasingly grabbing attention and followers in the mainstream. Bonus inside: street art photo gallery.
I was excited and intrigued. No space was left untouched. Next to me a limited edition black powder-coated wrench set hung from horseshoe nails. Various knifes were stuck in the wall in a row as though a knife thrower had been there. The radiators were encased in forged metal. The metal door frame into the bathroom was red glitter auto paint. Even the kitchen cabinet handles were wrenches and studded with red rhinestones. WOW! I was pretty much spellbound.
My first piece for Leipzig Zeitgeist (LZ) about Leipzig Ballet was when Mario Schröder first appeared on the scene. It felt right. I was new. The company as we now know it was new. I went to my first after party that night. I mainly watched, but I did meet some people that would enrich my life. I must say it’s a far cry from my current after party shenanigans. How many years has it been? Five! It feels like yesterday and yet, like a lifetime.
This weekend was so packed with things to do in Leipzig that I almost just stayed home from the sheer pressure of making the decision. In the end I opted for my passion, dance. And what better place to experience that than at TANZOFFENSIVE. It’s a two-week festival organized by The Lofft that takes place every two years and never disappoints me. This year’s theme is “Show.” They are seeing how close contemporary dance can get to circus, street dance and social dance and still be considered an art form.