Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
By then, the ageing star had not left her Paris apartment for nine years, and only communicated with the outside world via telephone. This is how she spoke with Reagan and Gorbachev and, for a span of three hours, with Lemper herself... about Berlin and Paris, and Brecht and Weill. About love and freedom, Nazis and resistance, pain and ecstasy... in other words, about her life. It is upon these three hours and this life that Lemper, who has lived in the United States since 1999, has based her most recent production, Rendezvous with Marlene. Thirty years have passed since that phone call from Dietrich. Since then, it has become apparent that Lemper is just as essential a figure in the world of chansons as her predecessor, who died in 1992, was. She has recorded more than 30 albums so far, which venture beyond the classics to include songs written by the likes of Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Philip Glass and Nick Cave. Nowadays, it is not even slightly awkward to mention the two names together. In fact, since the première of 'Rendezvous' last year, it has been a necessity... because Lemper - and her acoustic orchestra - not only summon forth Dietrich's greatest hits, they also evoke the flaming hell and heaven in which she lived and worked. And into which Friedrich Hollaender, József Kozma, Jacques Brel, Cole Porter, Leonello Casucci and the other immortal greats happily placed their own hells and heavens... Ute Lemper will talk briefly about each of the songs to be heard in English.
Recirquel Company Budapest: My Land
The production My Land from the internationally renowned contemporary circus company Recirquel premièred in August 2018 at one of the world's most prestigious arts festivals, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where critics rated it the best of several thousand productions. This show directed by Bence Vági focuses on the roots of humanity and the eternal connection between a person and their homeland, depicting it in a space filled with illusions. While the production is the consummation of cirque danse, a new form of performance art, it is not only in terms of genre that it can be considered unique: this is Recirquel's first piece to feature only guest artists from outside Hungary. Vági invited seven Ukrainian acrobats, each of them outstanding practitioners of their particular circus skills even by international standards, and explored their personal life stories - of tradition, freedom and love - to create the production. The première was an event of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival.
Dezső Oláh: Intermezzo
Double bassist Péter Oláh is an outstanding member of many ensembles: his singular stability and opulent skills as a soloist make him a sure foundation of any production. Trio Acoustic, the ensemble he shares with his older brother, has enjoyed major success in Japan, among other places. Drummer András Lakatos Pecek started out as one of the great hopes of past years and in large measure he has already justified this confidence, having earned tremendous acclaim as a member of both Béla Szakcsi Lakatos's ensemble New Gypsy Jazz and the Pecek Lakatos Trio. Dezső Oláh met Shang ZiMing two years ago during Balázs Bágyi's tour of China, and they made their first joint recording soon afterwards. In spite of his young age, Ming is already a university professor and, thanks to his musicality and instrumental technical skills, well on his way to joining the élite of the international jazz world. Oláh has always marvelled at the musicianship of French wind player Christophe Monniot, which combines in equal measures a respect for traditions with a constant search for a path forward. His playing integrates perfectly into the character of the Intermezzo project.