The Sleepwalkers

An award-winning actor will read from an acclaimed French novel in Vienna tonight.1

“L’ordre du jour” brilliantly captures the ridiculously careless routine of decision-makers and bureaucrats in the 1930s, heralding the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany. Golden Globe laureate Klaus Maria Brandauer (Never Say Never Again, Out of Africa) will read from Eric Vuillard’s book at the Burgtheater on December the 18th.

Sabine Haupt is meanwhile starring in a play which premiered in Berlin six years ago. Penned by Sibylle Berg, the Vestibül version of “Es sagt mir nichts, das sogenannte Draußen” is directed by Martina Gredler who is also in charge of Richard Alfieri’s “Sechs Tanzstunden in sechs Wochen”, a well-crafted play powered by great performances and excellent musicianship.

“Es sagt mir nichts, das sogenannte Draußen” portrays a young woman’s ill-fated attempts to find love and respect in an increasingly uncertain sociological environment. Considering modern measures of communication, Berg’s play is a mesmerising mess – and an ideal platform for a brilliant actress like Haupt.

The German actress manages to compensate the script’s lack of tension towards the end
with her astonishing entertaining skills. The contested novelist’s play is without a doubt one of the most compelling one-woman play performances you will see this season.

For additional information on the Burgtheater repertoire, visit http://www.burgtheater.at

Photo: © Katarina Šoškić

Cheeky & cheerful

It has not always been plain sailing for Jean-Paul Belmondo. However, his autobiography suggests that the veteran movie star’s life has been just one wild ride.1.jpg

In “Meine tausend Leben” features anecdotes that will make your mind boggle. Belmondo (“Breathless”, “A Woman Is a Woman”) speaks with candour about his breakthrough as an actor despite many scathing reviews. But looking back on all the pranks he played seems to be what he enjoyed the most.

Translated into German by Pauline Kurbasik and Bettina Seifried, this book takes you back into cinema’s most fascinating era. Writing about Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Jean Gabin, the Frenchman has nothing but praise for most of the celebrated actors, directors and especially actresses he worked with. However, Belmondo has not shied away either from revealing an Austrian starlet’s repulsive backstage behaviour.

Meine tausend Leben. Die Autobiografie
By Jean-Paul Belmondo
Published by Heyne (www.heyne.de)

Pesut’s Panda

The Burgtheater is bringing a Croatian writer’s play to Vienna.1.jpg

Born in 1990, Dino Pesut’s has received several awards the past few years. Now Vienna’s prestigious Burgtheater stages “Der (vor)letzte Panda oder Die Statik” at its Vestibül stage. Based in Berlin, Pesut has managed to capture developments in society with delightful precision ever since his first play “The Pressure Of My Generation” in 2012.

“Der (vor)letzte Panda oder Die Statik” starring Annina Hunziker, Wiebke Yervis and Lukas Haasand will be performed tomorrow night as well as on Thursday and on the 16th of December.

Meanwhile, Steven Scharf was named Best Actor at this year’s Nestroy Award for his sensational performance in “Medea” at the Burgtheater. The Volkstheater’s Steffi Krautz – who has featured in a thoroughly enjoyable “Biedermann und die Brandstifter” (The Arsonists) – won the award for Best Actress.

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Photo: © Matthias Horn

Fame & famine

Dora Kallmus’ life has been nothing short of astonishing. Having portrayed Vienna’s intellectual fin de siècle elite, she went on to capture the searing heaved on World War Two refugees. Eventually the Vienna-born snapper worked with artists like Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall in France.dora.jpg

“Der große Bruch” (The Great Rupture) is the title of an exhibition at the GrazMuseum which pays tribute to D’Ora, as she would call herself as an artist. Located at just one floor of a relatively small venue, curators have created an intriguing celebration of photography. Brace yourself for outstanding 1920s fashion shots and superb portraits of Arthur Schnitzler, Max Reinhardt and a very young Otto von Habsburg.

The museum’s permanent exhibition is a must-see too as it documents the history of the city of Graz, but also outstanding engineering at Puch and great sportsmanship embodied by Jochen Rindt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, vital sociological changes, controversial political debates and critical ecological developments are under close scrutiny too.

Visit http://www.grazmuseum.at for additional information on current exhibits and opening hours.

Enticing capital clash

Vienna’s top-flight clubs have celebrated impressive wins ahead of the fiercely anticipated derby.

SK Rapid face their archrivals FK Austria on Sunday (5pm, Allianz Stadion) as the Bundesliga winter break approaches. The most recent encounter of Vienna’s biggest teams took place at FK Austria’s Generali Arena in September (1-3).rekordmeister

The Green-Whites ripped vice champions LASK Linz into pieces last Sunday (0-4). Returning from a lengthy absence due to injury, Srdjan Grahovac has added much-needed stability to Rapid’s defending midfield. Taxiarchis Fountas will certainly pose an intimidating threat to FK Austria’s back-four. Coming from the subs’ bench to score the final goal of the match last Sunday, Aliou Badji might have regained some self-confidence.

FK Austria’s stunning 5-0 triumph over Hartberg might have broken the psychological barrier in the heads of some insecure players. The opportunity of revenge should now sharpen their focus.

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