An Interview with Christian Manhart, UNESCO’s Chief Section of Museums and Cultural Objects
The Belgian artist/filmmaker Nicolas Provost grew up under the combined influences of Serge Gainsbourg, his cousin (a local rock star) and his family’s devotion to French cinema. The work of this “visual poet” glides from the nostalgia of found footage to cutting edge experimental filmmaking.
From February 12 to April 1, Haunch of Venison Berlin hosted Provost’s first German solo exhibition; the work it featured included Long Live the New Flesh, which premiered in competition at this year’s Berlinale’s Shorts section.
If German producer/director Jens Meurer’s career had a title, it would be “Never Say Never”. From production driver to producer, there really seems to be very little that this 46-year-old, Nuremberg-born ex-journalist and theatre composer hasn’t already done – or wouldn’t dare to do – in the film industry.
In 1990, he started making documentaries; five years later, he won the European Film Award for “European Documentary Filmmaker of the Year”. Meurer then founded his own production company, which merged in 2001 with British producer Judy Tossell’s to form the German-based Egoli Tossell Films. Since then, he has produced more that 70 films, including the 2006 Paul Verhoeven hit Black Book.
The Buenos Aires-born choreographer Constanza Macras can‘t believe that it’s been nearly 15 years since she came to Berlin – “Potsdamer Platz didn’t even exist, there were only cranes!” Her rise to international fame has somehow paralleled the city’s own ascent onto the world stage.
Not yet 40, she is founder and leader of the acclaimed dance ensemble DorkyPark and when not on tour, she presents her work as part of the Schaubühne’s regular repertoire. And although she’s now the proud mother of a one-year-old and claims “a new maturity”, she hasn’t lost an ounce of her provocative energy. Again and again she transforms the stage into a carefully orchestrated cacophony of wild talent, sweeping audiences off their feet for standing-ovation finales. In January, she debuted a new show called Megalopolis.
In 1998, when Korean-born Valerie Trebeljahr finally made the much-pondered decision to let her boyfriend Markus Acher – of the Weilheim-Munich scene defining bands The Notwist and Tied & Tickled Trio – take part in her new music project, Lali Puna was born.
After a six-year gap, which included Trebeljahr’s pregnancy and numerous side projects, their fourth album Our Inventions (Morr Music) has landed in our laps and laptops. It remains faithful to Lali Puna’s krautrock/soft-rock principles, but will the fans still “Remember”? We’ll find out at Lido on May 14, where she and Acher share the bill with Mexican Elvis.
En abril de 2009 me surgió la posibilidad de poder ir a Berlín para cursar el último semestre de mi máster en Relaciones Internacionales. A una ciudad como Berlín no se le dice que no así como así. Como todas las decisiones importantes no fue sencilla, tal vez porque algo me decía que no sólo …