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HAU REOPENS WITH ERSAN MONDTAG’S JOY OF LIFE — RECOMMENDED BY HARMONY LEVEQUE

HAU REOPENS WITH ERSAN MONDTAG’S JOY OF LIFE — RECOMMENDED BY HARMONY LEVEQUE

Joy of Life – that’s the name of the dance work that is reopening Hebbel am Ufer’s main stage this week, and it’s the perfect message to celebrate the relaunch of Berlin’s performing arts scene. As you approach the doors of HAU 1 on the banks of the Landwehrkanal you can already hear lively music coming from the stage. On show is a dance work from director Ersan Mondtag, who is known for his experimental and interdisciplinary works and has gathered professional dancers, actors and young talents from Berlin’s Kinder Ballett Kompanie for their first choreographic piece together. It is a committed performance which touches on topics such as migration, climate change and how new generations are fighting for their future. The narrative draws on testimonies of Fridays for Future supporters and the tales of young people who have made torturous journeys from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean.

The dance is in constant evolution with the narrative arc, going from simple, exercise-like, movements to harmonious choreography. The fascinating scenery with a turning stage, video projections, floating background and colorful props transport you to the same limbo as felt by the dancers, leaving you thinking and reflecting on your own beliefs. You don’t have to be a dance lover to feel the emotions conveyed in the performance; it encourages you to ask yourself what brings you joy – and one of the first answers must surely be the theater.

Text: Harmony Leveque / Photos: Armin Smailovic
 
Harmony Leveque works as a project and production manager in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin, Bielefeld and her home country of France.

HAU 1, Stresemannstr.29, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg, map
Joy of Life is showing on 24. & 25.06.2021 20h. Tickets are available online.

@hauberlin

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KÖNIGLICHE GARTENAKADEMIE: GARDEN INSPIRATION AND PLANTS TO TAKE HOME — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA THIELE

KÖNIGLICHE GARTENAKADEMIE: GARDEN INSPIRATION AND PLANTS TO TAKE HOME — RECOMMENDED BY ANNA THIELE

When you enter the Königliche Gartenakademie (Royal Garden Academy) in Dahlem, you are immediately whisked away from the city into a wonderful world of plants, flowers and vegetables. From ornamental maples to the most diverse grasses, the displays remind me of the beautiful gardens of England, where casual, natural arrangements are curated with artistic flair. In 1903 the Königliche Gärtnerlehranstalt (Royal Gardeners’ Training School) was established at the site, which since 2008 has been home to garden designers Gabriella Pape and Isabelle Van Groeningen, who inspire with their traditional gardening approach.
 

During my visit, I immediately felt new ideas for my balcony herb garden begin to blossom, such is the inspiration offered by the Academie and its staff, who elevate the experience with their passion and expertise. Have you heard of heartleaf lettuce, for instance? It’s not just visually striking, but delicious too. Or perhaps the wild vine tomato, whose mini fruits amaze with their intense aromas. And if you don’t want to buy the species, the place is wonderful for the senses and the soul. A must for me: a slice of Black Forest gateau from the onsite café enjoyed in the shade of ancient trees.

Text & Photos: Anna Thiele

Anna Thiele is a freelance photographer in Berlin. Her 2020 book Tempelhof. metamorphosis was awarded the Silver German Photography Book Prize.

Königliche Gartenakademie, Altensteinstr.15a, 14195 Berlin–Dahlem; map
Mon–Sat 8–18h, Sun 10–16h
For the latest on Covid-19 check the website.
 
@koeniglichegartenakademie

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POMERANZE: REGIONAL-SEASONAL DELICACIES AND GARDENING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR BALCONY — RECOMMENDED BY JANINA HACKMANN

POMERANZE: REGIONAL-SEASONAL DELICACIES AND GARDENING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR BALCONY — RECOMMENDED BY JANINA HACKMANN

Regional vegetarian dishes, cooked with local and seasonal ingredients driven by the goal of zero waste: that is what Neukölln cafe Pomeranze is all about. Five minutes’ walk from Tempelhofer Feld you will find a coffee bar that is full of delicious treats to go, like sandwiches and daily plates made with vegetables from the PlantAge cooperative and fruit from Berlin allotment gardeners. The accompanying espressos come courtesy of Tempelhof roasters Andraschko. Owners Katharina Herrlich and Marlene Modick also serve up sweeter options too, like the juicy lemon yogurt tart and the vegan apple crumble that have been the talk of the neighborhood for some time. Meanwhile, if you are looking to grow some treats yourself, Pomeranze also offers a range of boutique garden supplies for bringing your balcony and home to life, including special seed varieties and chic ceramic pots and vases by local designers. My tip: order your items online in the web shop for pick up in the cafe. And whilst you are there: grab a grilled cheese sandwich with homemade chutney and a salty chocolate cookie and head down to the Feld for an impromptu picnic!

Janina Heckmann is a freelance filmmaker and author who frequently commutes between Berlin and her new adopted home of Freiburg.

Text: Janina Heckmann / Photos: Lena Fingerle

Pomeranze, Leinestr.48, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Currently open for takeaway: Tue–Sun 10–17h

@pomeranze.kaffeebar

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HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

With more of us spending our days at home, it’s a great time to experiment with new forms of exercise. Enter the humble hula hoop. Usually considered an outdoor activity, hula-hooping is now flourishing in living rooms all over. Offering a taste of this trend are the hula hoop online courses run by Ulrike Biller aka Mama Ulita. Usually the Leipzig-based artist teaches hula hoop techniques at events and small training sessions, but with the pandemic she has shifted everything to Zoom – and it’s an amazingly fun place to practice! It is clear that Mama Ulita usually tours internationally as a burlesque dancer from her sensational energy: she is a great entertainer, extremely authentic and takes care of her students, giving plenty of devotion.

All you need to take part is three square meters of space around you, good lighting and a solid internet connection. Ulrike’s aim in her courses is not just to teach technique, but to work the body’s core and encourage mindfulness in a way that empowers women. The online hula hoop sessions are for all – from beginners to pros – and there is no pressure or expectations. I have already completed one course and am already looking forward to what’s next. At the start I could barely hold the ring up, but now I can already do a few little tricks and, most importantly, I’ve learned something new. Tip: It’s best to get a ring before the course and practice holding it up. Your hips will thank you!

Sharon Welzel is a Hamburg-based writer passionate about sustainability and innovation.

Text: Sharon Welzel / Photos: Karolina Grabowska, Mama Ulita & Nikolas Fabian Kammerer

Hula hoop online courses from Mama Ulita
On 05.02.2021 there will be a free taster sessionBeginners courses start this month.

@mama.ulita

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DUMPLINGS UND NUDELN TO GO: HAN WESTS POP–UP IN KREUZBERG — EMPFOHLEN VON CLAUDIA KATZMARSKI

DUMPLINGS UND NUDELN TO GO: HAN WESTS POP–UP IN KREUZBERG — EMPFOHLEN VON CLAUDIA KATZMARSKI

Let us help you through the cold gray weather with a steaming portion of Sichuan noodles. An offshoot of Neukölln’s Han West – aka “the home of dumplings” – a new noodle pop-up on Görlitzer Straße is now bringing handmade noodles and yummie dumpling creations to the streets of Kreuzberg. Creative fillings and toppings like Thai chicken & herbs and Sichuan garlic aubergine will delight any lover of Asian cuisine, and there are many vegan options, too. The sister Imbiss in Schillerkiez, which opened in 2019, is well known for its modern take on Chinese street food and is a must stop on the way to Tempfelhofer Feld. Founders Valentin and Rui once spent the summer serving their delicious dumplings at nearby festivals, and while these gatherings seem like a distant memory, you can still enjoy their creations in the outdoors: grab a beanie and gloves and take a seat on a bench opposite Görlitzer Park. All dishes from the Han West pop-up are served in biodegradable packaging so you can enjoy them sustainably. (Text: Claudia Katzmarski / Photos: Han West & Max Power)

A lover of travel, vegan cakes and swing dance, Claudia Katzmarski calls Neukölln her home.

Noodle pop-up from Han West, Görlitzer Str.69, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sun 12–20h, running until March 2021

@hanwest.dumplings

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