In the summer of 1976, pop star David Bowie moves from Los Angeles to Berlin. Why Berlin? Was he attracted by the mixture of Weimar nostalgia, isolated Wall city and niche location for the new music that would later be called Krautrock? In fact, he created radically new music in Berlin in the following two years, recorded both an anthem and a legendary album with “Heroes”, made a curious ‘Weimar-era’ film with “Just a Gigolo”, and then disappeared into the pop-synthetic eighties. Today, the three albums of the so-called `Berlin Trilogy´ are considered the artistic highlight of his career.
With a performative mixture of music, dance and text, “Bowie in Berlin” – as the second part of the series `Conversations with a Cultural Icon´ – explores the area where pop touches our lives: as music, as film, as art, as an attitude to life.
With his creative curiosity, David Bowie went through very different artistic phases in the course of his long career, thus appealing to a new audience each time, and ultimately even to a new generation.
Nowadays, David Bowie is no longer just a pop star, but an important artist, to whom renowned museums dedicated a major exhibition ten years ago. Berlin officials even had a plaque placed on his home in Schöneberg.
Somehow, Bowie touches everyone. How? What does he have to say? What makes him a pop star, what makes him an artist? And why Berlin?
with Olivia Dean, Maureen Gleason, Daniel Janke, Ben Maddox, Angharad Matthews, Jeffrey Mittleman.
Concept and Direction: Günther Grosser | Music: Daniel Janke | Stage: Tomas Fitzpatrick | Video: Rebecca Shein | Costumes: Heike Braitmayer | Lighting: Katri Kuusimäki | Stage Management and Directing Assistance: Rose Nolan | Photography: Stefania Migliorati
Tickets 16 € / 10€ (students)
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstr. 40,Berlin, Germany