What’s on in Germany: March 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Munich, a “Dream House” in Berlin, and “the world's most glamorous opera star sings in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany:  March 22 – 28
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Sound-Light Installation

La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela – Dream House

The pulsating hue of magenta fills the room. Tones and drones merge and overlap. La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s “Dream House” is a “continuous frequency environment in sound and light with singing from time to time.” Be immersed in these dreamy environs this week when Villa Elisabeth dons the “Dream House” guise for Maerz Musik. Live concerts occur throughout the duration. Check the schedule for details.

Price: Free

Location: Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstrasse 3

Times: Daily, 3-8pm; through April 1

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IMPRO 2012 – 11th International Festival for Improv Theatre

Europe’s biggest improvised theatre festival starts Friday in Berlin. Lucky for us anglophones, English Theatre Berlin is getting in on the action by presenting a handful of shows including a play inspired by two theatrical greats, Chekhov and Woody Allen. “Improv Can Do Anything!”

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Friday, March 23 – Sunday, April 1

Reservations: 030 68 61 99

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Images of Frederick the Great by Adolph Menzel

Adolph Menzel spent several years creating hundreds of woodblock engravings to illustrate a book on the history of Frederick the Great. These images, along with some of Menzel’s later paintings join works by Antoine Pesne and Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki for an exhibition at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Spend some time ruminating on the Prussian king as an “enlightened monarch,” a “supreme military commander,” and “a friend of philosophy and the arts.” It is after all the 300th anniversary of Old Fritz’s birth.

Price: €6

Location: Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodestrasse 1-3

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; March 23 – June 24

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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In the Face of Modernity 
- The Magic of Dance 1900 – 1932

In the early 20th century dance took a revolutionary turn. Inspired by the modernity of the era, dancers and choreographers like Isadora Duncan and Mary Wigman joined their innovative comrades in art, design, music, and literature and began creating vivid new works. For this extensive exhibition, the German Dance Archive Cologne has drawn from its cache of documents, photographs, films, and recordings to present a dance picture of the period.

Price: €4.50

Location: Tanzmuseum des Deutsches Tanzarchivs Köln, Mediapark 7

Times: Thursday – Tuesday, 2-7pm; through August 12

Phone: 0221 888 95 444

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MMK Sunset – “Warhol: Headlines” Edition

Director Philipp Preuss developed a special performance for Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art’s Andy Warhol exhibition. The Frankfurt Acting Ensemble performs the piece Wednesday followed by DJs and drinks at the museum’s Sunset Bar. Groove to the beats of 1980s New York disco and sip on a Long Island iced tea.

Price: €10

Times: Wednesday, March 28, 7pm

Location: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
, Domstrasse 10

Tickets: 069 2123 0447

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Elbe Island Gypsy Festival

No one throws a party quite like the Gypsies. There’s something about their music that you just can’t resist. Even the most diehard wallflowers will have their toes tapping if not their hands clapping along to those alluring strains of the violin and strums of the guitar. Head to Hamburg this weekend and dance to the music of the Gypsies. Local family band the Familie Weiss release their new album at the festival opening Friday night.

Price: €17, €30 (2-Day Pass)

Times: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24

Location: Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg Mengestrasse 20

Tickets: 040 75 20 170

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La Boheme

Angela Gheorghiu is “the world’s most glamorous opera star.” So says the New York Sun. Twenty-two years ago, the Romanian soprano made her professional debut in the role of Mimi in La Boheme. Tuesday night she belts out those Puccini arias in Hamburg. Get ready to be wowed.

Price: €4 – 89

Times: Tuesday, March 27, 7:30pm; Friday, March 30, 7:30pm; Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm

Location: Staatsoper Hamburg, Grosses Haus, Dammtorstrasse 28

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

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LeipJAZZig Festival

It has been 75 years since George Gershwin had his last hurrah. Pay your respects to the late great American composer Thursday when the LeipJAZZig Orchestra plays tunes from his beloved repertoire to kick off the 17th LeipJAZZig Festival. “I love you Porgy!”

Price: €15

Times: Thursday, March 22, 8pm; Festival runs through Sunday, March 25

Location: UT Connewitz, W.-Heinze-Strasse 12a

Phone: 0341 2 61 03 30

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BeMe Theatre – Boom

Sex, fish, and the end of the world converge in San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom. Based on science writer Stephen Jay Gould’s 1989 book on evolution Wonderful Life, the fantastically funny play was dubbed a “Grandly wacked-out apocalypse fantasy” by the Washington Post. Grab a seat at BeMe Theatre’s production this week and watch a marine biologist and a journalism student attempt to change the course of the world.

Price: €18

Location: BeMe Theatre at the Einstein Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm; through March 31

Reservations: 089 385 377 66

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From Hokusai’s “Great Wave” to Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” artists and writers have always turned to the water for inspiration. Joining the league of water-lured creators, Munich composer Petra El Raphael has penned a piece for choir called “Asi Sea – the Response of the Sea.” Sit in the audience Sunday morning and take a virtual escapade to the shore. Works by Poulenc, Ravel, and others round out the seaworthy program.

Price: €15

Location: Gasteig, 
Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Sunday, March 25, 11am

Tickets: 0180 54 818181 (.14/min)

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Dance Theatre

Shinsai – Shattering Gods

Daily life in Japan is portrayed in i-camp theatre’s new work “Shinsai – Shattering Gods,” weaving in aspects of the earthquake, which occurred just over one year ago. Merging dance, theatre, music, and video, “Shinsai” focuses on the individual perceptions of those who lived through the catastrophe. Go see their powerful piece and feel good about helping a good cause. All proceeds benefit an organization that supports those still struggling to rebuild their lives after the devastation.

Price: €16

Location: i-camp/Neues Theater Munich, Entenbachstrasse 37

Times: Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 65 0000

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.