Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
"The Damnation of Faust", Deutsche Oper Berlin
Hector Berlioz's opera, the Damnation of Faust, is now at the Deutche Oper in Berlin. Darkly romantic, it's widely regarded as a challenging work. But Christian Spuck, director of ballet at the Zurich opera and one of Germany's premiere choreographers, has taken it on. His version is an interplay between rustic romanticism and sensual, sinister revue. Musical theater, as ambitious as it is entertaining. With stunning soloists, a powerful choir, and ample attention to dance.
"Hommage to Leonore Mau", Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Leonore Mau once said, "I live an enormous amount." And, lending credence to her words, she was 97 when she passed away last year. Her works are now on display at the House of Photography in Hamburg's Deichtorhallen. She loved life and the eccentric poet Hubert Fichte. And she took photographs. Especially of this woman -- the melancholy poet Ingeborg Bachmann, subject of some of Mau's loveliest works. But for Leonore Mau, that wasn't enough. She traveled the world in search of ecstasy, unfamiliar rituals, voodoo, magic. A life of exploration -- the photographer Leonore Mau in Hamburg.
"Jazz in Berlin", Nicolai Publishing
Trumpet player Till Brönner, on stage in Berlin. The German capital and jazz -- the topic of a new book by music journalist Rainer Bratfisch. For more than 100 years, Berlin has drawn jazz musicians -- many of them Americans. During the Cold War, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald delighted audiences with their "hot music". From the 1920s, Berlin was in the grips of swing. And later, not even the Nazis could silence what they contemptuously called "negro music". More than one hundred years of jazz in Berlin, from the mid-nineteenth century to today, captured in pictures and text. The club scene in east and west Berlin, legendary places, legendary concerts, and the artists, always eager to experiment... Jazz, in Berlin -- as vibrant and as vital as the city.