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Review: Parade at the Chamaeleon Theatre, Berlin

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Back in the summer I received an email inviting me to Berlin to watch the all new PARADE show at the CHAMÄLEON Theatre. Needless to say, I hopped, skipped and jumped at the opportunity. It’s not every day that you get to spend a weekend in one of Europe’s coolest cities and at the same time get to see one of its most unique shows.

CHAMÄLEON is a small theatre located in the heart of Berlin. It puts on two shows a year and focuses on contemporary circus which includes acrobatics, dance, live music and sometimes even singing. I was lucky enough to chat with a couple of people who work there and I could immediately tell that they are incredibly passionate about what they do!

The stage itself is in a beautiful historic ballroom in the Art Nouveau building of Hackesche Höfe. It’s quite an intimate venue with small tables and table service. Sitting at our table (sipping on a gin & tonic) I felt much closer to the performers than I ever do at many of London’s big West End theatres.

The show itself was really impressive. PARADE blends comedy with acrobatics, dance and music. The performers, who come from all over the world and met for the first time this summer, have great chemistry and work together well to achieve amazing acrobatic feats.

It’s incredible what the human body can do. One of the performers, Beata Surmiak from Poland, was particularly impressive and really was the star of the show! She was incredibly strong and could balance her whole body on one hand, on a guys head! I was blown away by her skills.

The show also featured live video animations controlled by the artists in real time in front of the audience, and a great soundtrack of electronic music, pop songs, and live percussion. This made the show even more dynamic and immersive.

Patiently waiting for my G&T before the show starts

Overall, I found the show really enjoyable, impressive, funny and full of surprises! I’d recommend an evening at the CHAMÄLEON Theatre to anyone visiting Berlin. It’s something a bit different that you won’t find elsewhere!

I was a guest of the CHAMÄLEON Theatre however my enthusiasm for PARADE is 100% genuine!

Film Review: A Bigger Splash

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LUST, STYLE AND ROCK’N’ROLL

A Bigger Splash is a stylish drama set in beautiful Pantelleria, a remote island just off of Sicily. Starring Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Ralph Fiennes (Spectre) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd), this is the story of an ageing rock star (played by Swinton) who gets an unexpected visit from her ex and his daughter while she’s on holiday with her new beau.

Watch the trailer here:

FOR LOVERS OF MUSIC, FASHION AND TRAVEL

With costumes designed by Dior, this is a must-watch for any fashion lover. Watching it, I was torn between loving how elegant Tilda Swinton’s outfits were and thinking how cool and sexy Dakota Johnson looked in ripped denim or a high waisted bikini.

This film is also a treat for anyone who loves Italy, and is sure to make you want to book your next holiday straight away. From the street parties and the food to the gorgeous landscapes and hidden beaches, A Bigger Splash really made me want to find a villa to rent in Pantelleria for the summer!

I also greatly enjoyed seeing Ralph Fiennes play a funny, hyperactive music producer. You can expect to hear some Rolling Stones and see a bit of nudity!

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Overall, a funny, sexy and stylish film that will make you want to head to the Mediterranean ASAP!

A BIGGER SPLASH is in cinemas February 12th.

Forgotten Fields Festival Review

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Music in the Fields

Forgotten Fields is a brand new music festival that was started this year. Over three days, it offers up-and-coming bands of different genres a chance to shine alongside a few headliners like Razorlight, De La Soul, The Horrors and Super Furry Animals. Also on offer was a real ale festival, some great street food, and glitter body art! Located in a very scenic area surrounded by fields, trees, and a lake, it’s conveniently accessible from London via the train to Tunbridge Wells. The crowd is a real mix, but you’ll definitely notice more families with small children than at most other festivals. Overall, the atmosphere is super relaxed, with people preferring to sit on the grass with a pint of ale rather than create a mosh pit – totally fine with me! As you can see, we were super lucky with the weather too – I really, really enjoyed it.

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Lots of fun to be had for children and big kids!

johnny-borrell-zazou-festivalJohnny Borrell & The Zazou at the House Party

blogger-forgotten-fields-festivalFrozen yogurt at a festival – genius!

forgotten-fields-festival-main-stageCrowds chilling by the Main Stage

de-la-soul-2015De La Soul showing us what real hip hop is like.

The Media Pass

The most exciting bit of being given a media and photography pass for the festival was that I was not only allowed access to go backstage, but I was also permitted to join the professional photographers at the front of the Main Stage! This was my first time doing live music photography, and it was so much fun. I couldn’t believe how close I was to Razorlight and De La Soul! Please indulge me while I share some of the photos I had so much fun taking…

johnny-borrell-razorlight-2015Johnny Borrell of Razorlight

razorlight-forgotten-fields-2015Ohh, Razorlight. I love you as much as I did back in 2007.

forgotten-fields-kids-crowdTaking pictures of the crowd was fun too! How cool are these guys?

smiling-crowd-forgotten-fieldsDe La Soul made everyone happy.

de-la-soul-maseo-2015I’m not a big hip hop fan, but I loved seeing De La Soul live.

razorlight-johnny-borrell-2015Razorlight performing ‘America’ made me feel like a 16 year old again.

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forgotten-fieldsAll this, in Eridge Deer Park on the East Sussex/Kent Border.

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Many thanks to ID&C, who supply awesome wristbands and VIP passes to festivals and events throughout the UK, for inviting me to Forgotten Fields! The next festival I’d like to visit is Field Day in Victoria Park – Gemma from Two Scots Abroad travelled all the way from Scotland for itt, so I really should make the effort to walk/cycle all the way there next summer!

What I wore

Sorry I didn’t get any pictures (bad blogger!), but it was an Urban Outfitters jumpsuit (old – similar from F21 or in blue from UO), denim jacket from F21, H&M bucket bag, and black boots from Carvela (old – similar here).

H&M x Foxes Launch Party

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H&M very kindly invited me to the launch party of their new line at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch last week. It involved canapés, free drinks, rails of clothing, and a very intimate Foxes gig.

If you haven’t heard of Foxes, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with some of her songs. My favourite is Youth:

She was great live. Truly an amazing voice, and she’s crazy beautiful (those lips!).

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The new line is inspired by LA, very urban and casual.

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There’s a mustard yellow dress I have my eyes on, and the cool DJ lady looked great in the graphic crop top!

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P.S. (I wasn’t paid to write this, I just won a competition on Twitter!)

Thanks to H&M for a great evening of music and cocktails!

Review: Carmen at the ENO

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Last night, the boyfriend and I did something we’ve never done together before: we went to the opera.
When English National Opera contacted me to ask if I wanted to see an opera at the London Coliseum, I jumped at the chance. Going to the opera isn’t something that I would normally do, but trying something new is pretty exciting. The ENO currently have three different operas running, but I chose Carmen because it’s probably the most famous and everyone will recognise some of it!


My first impression of it: it’s very sexy! Not what you’d expect from an opera, but Carmen is a story that is full of love and passion. A beautiful naked man even made an appearance!
It’s in English. I have to say I was a little bit disappointed by this because I was expecting the original French, which I think might have sounded more beautiful. But hey, it’s great for all the non-French speakers out there! Either way, you get subtitles above the stage so you can follow the story.
It’s very modern; a fresh take on a classic that was first performed in 1875. Carmen is still a gypsy and Don José is still a soldier who falls madly in love with her, but the staging is different to the classic. Think vintage cars and outfits.
The music is great (all composed by Bizet). I recognised more of it than I had expected: from Habanera and Toreador to Overture in the video below.
The voices are incredible. Justina Gringyte is amazing as a sexy Carmen. You really wouldn’t guess just by looking at her that she has such a beautiful, powerful voice! When all of the characters on stage sing at once, it feels especially powerful.

 

I think Carmen at the ENO is perfect for people like me who aren’t used to going to the opera. The modern staging makes it much more exciting and the music is so recognisable that I found myself humming the melodies on the way home. It’s on at the beautiful London Coliseum until the 3rd of July, so book your seats now! You can also watch it in cinemas throughout the UK from the 1st of July.

What do you think of the opera?