BERLIN/GERMANY: All three operahouses in Berlin, Deutsche Oper, StaatsOper and Komisches Oper in Berlin has premiere on each their new production the 7th October. – Is that a question of bad communication, or what is theirs idea about that? by Henning Høholt
OSLO/NORGE: Årets CODA festival krysser grenser og bygger broer rundt temaene identitet, tilhørighet og hjem. Den monumentale multimedia installasjonen La Zon-Mai (Vrengt Hus) av Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Gilles Delmas åpner årets festival i Rådhuset i Oslo. I krysningspunktet mellom arkitektur, tredimensjonal kunst og dans handler dette slående verket om identitet, territorium og grenser. Coda presenterer i år 20 PRODUKSJONER FRA 20 LAND, 40 FORESTILLINGER FORDELT PÅ 20 ARENAER. 14.-25. Oktober.
DRESDEN/GERMANY: The strong connection between Richard Strauss and Dresden is illustrated by the fact that nine of the composer’s 15 operas were premiered here under music directors Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Busch and Karl Böhm. For this reason the Semperoper Dresden once again invites audiences to attend a »Richard Strauss Days« in 2015, when from 16 to 25 October the Semperoper and the Staatskapelle Dresden present a brilliant programme of Straussian works performed by an array of stars.
HAMBURG/GERMANY: United Dance Company is an international ballet troupe led for fifteen years by Alexandre Hoffmann. Under the auspices of the International Dance Council supported by UNESCO, a dozen of very high level dancers come together for a common artistic project, for ten events. Between theatre, contemporary or classic dance and original creations, immerse yourselves in this creative and poetic “kaleidoscope”, which reflects the particular language of the world of dance. – January 31. 2016! By Romain Claris
OSLO/NORGE: Fargerike fantasiverdener fylt med snakkebobler og fartsstreker. Bygninger med menneskelige egenskaper og usynlig arkitektur. Siden begynnelsen av 1900-tallet har det vært en stadig tilbakevendende interesse for bruken av tegneserien i arkitekturfeltet. Hva er det med tegneserier som gjør at arkitekter finner dem befriende og interessante?
9. Oktober til 28. Februar.
PARIS/FRANCE: Korean design and crafts will be given pride of place in the Arts Décoratifs nave and its side galleries. More than four hundred works by a hundred artists will show the diversity of this country’s artistic crafts, ranging from artisans using ancient techniques to the technological innovations of the young generation. Visited by Tomas Bagackas and Henning Høholt
VILNIUS/LITHUANIA, 01.10.2015: The first international festival of classical music took place in Vilnius. The importance of the event lies not only in it being the first international festival of this kind but also in the fact that a very untraditional space was chosen for it. “Gariunu verslo parkas” is a shopping mall of 111 000 square meters. By Emilia Temirkulovaite
BEAUVAIS/FRANCE: 10th anniversary of the first festival, 2015 will be a great vintage for Pianoscope. To celebrate the event, Beauvais will turn into a Babel musical where you will travel in various soundscapes. 15. to 18th October. by Boris Berezovksy
PARIS/FRANCE: More than a commercial gathering, Tranoï – which literally means “between us” – is an artistic platform with a stern selection of more than 1000 premium designers from all over the world, created for them to meet the most influential fashion ambassadors.
Visited by Henning Høholt.
PARIS/FRANCE: A first for the Paris concert stage as exceptional singers add lustre to one of Handel’s most moving works with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie. 10-20. October 2015
PARIS/FRANCE: TRANOI – Paris Fashion Week starts today 2. october 2015.
PARIS/FRANCE: Pour son concert d’ouverture de la saison, mardi 6 octobre à 20h30, la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris invite le Jeune Chœur de Paris. Ces deux entités parisiennes, réunies sous la direction d’Henri Chalet, donneront l’occasion d’entendre une œuvre phare de Léonard Bernstein : Chichester Psalms.
FIRENZE/ITALY: Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha proposes in this concert in Florence a quite refined program that includes music not quite familiar to the public, not even the beautiful Symphony n. 8 by Antonin Dvorak, with its natural charm, its spleen, its pastoral notes and inexaustible melodic vein. Serenity and balance are its main characteristics, and in this sensitive rendition conductor Valčuha shows its most dreamy and peaceful side, including interesting instrumental refinements as required by the author quite well performed by very good first parts of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Review by Fabio Bardelli
POGGIO a CAIANO/ITALY: We visited a few days ago a really very interesting and curious exhibition in the magnificent Villa Medicea at Poggio a Caiano, an itinerary inside the Villa built by Giuliano da Sangallo on commission from Lorenzo il Magnifico situated in the plain roughly halfway between Florence and Pistoia. Visited by Fabio Bardelli
OSLO/NORGE: For to år siden inviterte Oslo Operafestival til Verdi-Wagner kavalkade i Universitetets aula. Det ble en meget vellykket aften. Dermed ønsker de å gjenta suksessen under sitt 10-års jubileum. De har noen av Norges beste sangere med seg. Det blir Wagner, Verdi og ikke minst sluttscenen fra Don Giovanni av Mozart. I det hele tatt legges det opp til en flott festaften i Universitetets aula.
Tirsdag, October 20 kl. 20.
OSLO/NORGE: En av ballettverdenens store begivenheter er Kenneth MacMillans vakre og dramatiske historie om Manon, hvor historien også er kjent gjennom både Puccinis Manon Lescaut og Massenets Manon operaer. Spilles på Operaen til og med 16. Oktober. Applaus fotos: Tomas Bagackas
PARIS/FRANCE: The Korea Now! exhibition also highlights the extraordinary panorama of contemporary Korean fashion, with more than 120 silhouettes and accessories. Visited by Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas
KØBENHAVN/DANMARK: Udstillingen ECKERSBERG – EN SMUK LØGN på Statens Museum for Kunst vises 8. oktober 2015 – 24. januar 2016.
PARIS/FRANCE: As part of the France-Korea Year organised under the aegis of the France-Korea Committee, chaired by Henri Loyrette, and in partnership with the Korea Craft & Design Foundation, from 19 September 2015 to 3 January 2016 the musee des Arts decoratifs will be showing the Korea now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea exhibition. Visited by Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas
OSLO/NORWAY: “Mary Poppins” is a contemporary show with an evergreen, optimistic content: “Anything can happen if you let it!” The story and music hits directly in its traditional style. The Sherman brothers have a gift for simple and catchy tunes. The two lead characters Heidi Ruud Ellingsen and Mads Ousdal are an excellent couple. Review by Torkil Baden. Photos: John Andresen
VILNIUS/LITHUANIA: The first week of October, 2015 will witness the first international festival of classical music Intermezzo in Vilnius, Lithuania. The most notable classical music stars will gather to perform and give masterclasses in the most unexpected venue – Gariūnų Business Park. 1.-8. October. By Emilija Temirkulovaite.
PARIS/FRANCE: Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer, presented his new creation “SOW THE WIND”, at the Philharmonie in Paris, with Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Paavo Järvi 20.9.2015.
It is ordered by Orchestre de Paris and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. By Henning Høholt,
Kritikerprisene for 2014/2015 ble delt ut på Litteraturhuset, 24. Septb. Prisene gikk til: Dans: Cina Espejord for koreografi av Ghosts – Ibsens Gengangere, Nasjonalballetten Musikk: Oslo Sinfonietta og dirigent Christian Eggen for konserten Lachenmann! Teater: Verdensteatret for Broen over Gjørme Prisen er et trykk av Niclas Gulbrandsen. Begrunnelsene for prisene vil bli publisert på www.kritikerlaget.no
HELSINKI/FINLAND: The Finnish National Ballet’s new production in autumn 2015 is The Little Mermaid, premiered on 23 October. Based on the story by celebrated Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the ballet was created by Danish-born Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the FNB. The music is by Finnish composer Tuomas Kantelinen, known for his film scores. Greve and Kantelinen previously collaborated on the hugely successful ballet The Snow Queen, premiered in 2012 – also a setting of a story by Andersen.
MUNICH/GERMANY: In the surroundings from Munich, it is possible to visit a pearl of a summer residence palace of highest possibel quality, and only a small ride by local transport from the Center of Munich. – Text and photos by Henning Høholt and from the Palace administration web page. Visited by Henning Høholt