I’m back in Berlin! And let me tell you, Berlin in January has been amazing. Just amaaaaaaaazing! I mean, Berlin Fashion Week just ended last night, so you’ll get to read all about it in February or on Twitter and Facebook!
Last week, I started my 2015 initiation to the fabulousness that is Berlin by going to Friedrichstadt-Palast to watch the glamour and suspense that is THE WYLD! Now, I’ve spoken about the Friedrichstadt-Palast before, because this venue is the Las Vegas of Berlin, and the place that I saw the extravagant summer performance of SHOW ME. It was amazing then, and they outshone themselves even more, this time around!
WHAT’S THE FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST?
The Friedrichstadt-Palast is a unique theatre venue dating right back from 1919 and a major contribution to the distinctive cultural image of the jazz years in Berlin, during the roaring twenties, and the early swinging thirties. The golden twenties resulted in the wonderful artistic spread of revues, cabarets, dancing halls, and variety shows, before that world, and everything in it, was destroyed by Hitler in 1933.
Today, Friedrichstadt-Palast is at the heart of the former East Berlin known as “Mitte.” Mitte is now known as the East End and the Broadway area of Berlin. It’s also part of Berlin’s hip nightlife quarter so if you’re looking for the theatre land of Berlin, all you have to do is walk.
Stretching from the Friederick William, (Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia) boulevard of “Unter den Linden,” to the so-hip-it-hurts quarter of “Hackerscher Markt;” Mitte is the district with the highest concentration of theatres in Germany!
THE WYLD is the latest production show of the Friedrichstadt-Palast with the largest budget in it’s 95 years of existence, and on the world’s biggest theatre stage! It is the wilderness of the metropolis. The modern. The archaic. The bizarre, and the futuristic. THE WYLD combines exceptional character and talent with strange, and extraordinary images. In fact, a place just like our very own city – Berlin!
You’ve got to be here to believe it.
With a staff of 162, 10 choreographers, 60 dancers forming the world’s largest show ballet company, and for the first time, a budget over €10,000,000 (ten million Euros), THE WYLD is the MOST expensive show production outside of Las Vegas!
But I mean, how amazingly wow!
THE WYLD represents the city of Berlin. A creative city free in it’s creation, intensity, and energy. Berlin has a joie de vivre that is felt and brought together on stage through a powerful show.
From the madness of the roaring twenties (20’s), to the flamboyant city of today, THE WYLD pays homage to the real freedom of creation, the emotion, and feelings of a sometimes funny, but immense city.
Imagine a throwback of the 1900’s to 2015?
Imagine experiencing the highs and the lows of the end of Germany’s Imperial Period, the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s Reign of Terror, the confusion of the Berlin Wall, and the joy of the Reunification of Germany?
Imagine the urban jungle that is Berlin today?
Imagine the Berlin spirit of edgy, “out-there” craziness, and loving it anyway?
Imagine one of the most vibrant cities in the world?
Imagine the artistic creation of the star French designer – Thierry Mugler?
Imagine an art form of audacious staging, and extravagant choreography?
Imagine a performance that combines a blend of ballet, with the art of a circus?
Imagine the beauty of an individual lover, and the provocation of a group orgy?
Imagine the Hollywood star Cate Blanchett shooting scenes from THE WYLD and taking part in some of the performances. I mean, if Cate Blanchett was in it, I wanna see what all the noise is about too LOL!
Imagine the gossip, and bitchiness of ballet school?
Imagine a bevy of strange alien movement, and performance?
Imagine a gay parade of drag queens, head feathers, and enormously long legs, and platform shoes?
Imagine a performance on the greatest stage in the world!!!
Imagine showgirls on the stage floor with sequins and glitter, golden bikinis, and long legs?
Imagine flying performers, an underwater seduction of glamour girls at a night out in Berlin, and an all-blond Ukrainian performance of muscle, discipline and acrobatic art?
Imagine a stage filled with over-enthusiastic puppies and cute poodles?
Imagine the aristocratic beauty of an Egyptian Queen?
Imagine a big budget, more sensation, more glamour, more glitter, and more flamboyant costumes than ever before?
All that is THE WYLD.
I mean, THE WYLD was exciting!
How could you know that:
- Not only is Manfred Thierry Mugler, a director, designer, photographer and perfume maker, but also before his time as a controversial Haute Couture designer, he used to be a ballet dancer!
- It took 14 trucks to deliver all the stage parts needed for THE WYLD.
- There are seven (7) poodles at every performance…!
- The collection of sixty dancers (60) come from twenty-eight (28) individual countries.
- Brian Friedman, one of the top choreographers of THE WYLD, was also a jury member for the British “X Factor” and is now a producer for the US casting show, “America’s Got Talent.”
- And the make-up department got through 50 hairpins and clips for each dancer, as well as 400 bottles of hairspray & gel spray, 60 tubes of hair gel, 30 brushes, 150 hair nets, and 70 tubes of eyelash glue!
DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN TO WATCH IT?
Hardly at all!
The show is excellent for an international audience, as both German and English are spoken, and all you need to do is sit back, look, and enjoy the show, as it’s an amazing feast for the eyes!
I loved it and I loved it! Anything that shows the wonderful side of that unique Berlin lifestyle, gets my vote. An extraordinary success!
THE WYLD is a family-friendly (12+), glamour production.
If you love lavish entertainment, music, dance, and cabaret, in the wonderful setting of Germany’s capital city – Berlin, then Friedrichstadt-Palast is an excellent location. Going to THE WYLD is a performance worth experiencing of an evening, while you are here.
Because you can:
• Be extremely close to (depending on your ticket), a lavish show production as the seating is very good.
• Be dazzled for a night by all the seductive stage performers.
• Imagine that the singers are looking and singing, just for you.
• Come early and wander around the largest theatre stage in the world.
• Be a part of history and imagine yourself back in the roaring twenties, or present day Berlin.
THE WYLD runs until mid-2016 but seats sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon!
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 25 minute interval.
The recommended minimum age is at least 12 years old as there are a few mildly erotic items that might get young children asking too many uncomfortable questions, and older audience members, out of their seats!
Drinks are reasonably priced with beers being from €4.00, glasses of wine from €7.00, and cocktails from €8.00.
All photos by Robert Grischek and Bernhard Musil.
This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions and the delicious German lemon beer that I delightfully drank, are my very own!
I have so much to share with you.
Next week, I will be travelling to the Czech Republic and also sharing with you what it’s like to be a part of Berlin Fashion Week!
On January 29th, I will be at the Wintergarten Varieté where illusion replaces reality – for their latest production THE MAGICAL MYSTERY SHOW otherwise known as “The Show of the Magician.“
In the first week of February , I’ll be skiing in the Czech Republic and I’ll be telling you about it on Twitter & FB!
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival – The Berlinale – will be taking place from 05.02.15 – 15.02.15.
Strictly Stand Up – The English Comedy Night is going to take place on 25.02.15 at the Quatsch Comedy Club in Berlin.
I’ll be participating in the pre-ITB Travel Massive event on 03.03.15. If you’re a blogger or just fancy a knees-up, come meet us. It’s going to be so much fun!
The actual International Travel Trade Fair – ITB – will be taking place from 04.03.15 – 08.03. 15.
If you’re not in Berlin in February, why not?!
February is going to be packed full of juicy things to do, and places to go!
Watch this space!
Have you ever seen an alien? Do you think Berlin could be the new Vegas, or one better?
See you in Berlin.
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