‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’

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‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’
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The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the fifth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Israeli dancer Maya Lipsker.


Berlin has long been a magnet for outsiders, from provincial Prussians centuries ago to Brooklyn hipsters today. Strangers at first, these newcomers eventually make the city their own and reshape its social fabric.

This process continued even while Berlin was divided during the Cold War, but 20 years after reunification, the German capital has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreigners hoping to start a new life.

Julia Lipkins’ multimedia project for The Local lets these new Berliners tell their own stories.

Maya Lipsker

Haifa, Israel

Click here for Maya Lipsker’s story.

Maya Lipsker left the Israeli army to become a dancer and left Israel in search of an international audience.

For years, Lipkser dreamt of dancing in Europe and actually planned a move to Brussels. But in 2004, German choreographer Sasha Waltz offered her a position in Berlin. Lipsker now resides in the German capital while working throughout Europe as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She often collaborates with her husband, a composer and musician from Ireland.


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