Posts Tagged ‘carin filipcic’

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Roman Straka

February 7, 2018

In 2009 I have watched “Krawutzi Kaputzi” here in Vienna, a very funny show, similar to the musical “Avenue Q”, where the singers are puppeteers on the stage at the same time – everyone there did an awesome job!  One of the singers was Roman Straka, playing “Fips” and now, 8 years later, I had the pleasure to take portraits for him! On the other hand, Roman was also part of the cast of another “Simpl”-show (both directed by Werner Sobotka): “Und tschüß – das war der ORF” where I was shooting the official pictures for the programme.

Besides being an actor, Roman is teaching elocution at the PCA, as he always has loved to practice speaking to become a radio presenter, voice-over or dubbing artist since he was a child! If you want to see him on stage – he will be playing in Gmunden in March and April. On March 22nd will be the Premiere of the musical “Jane Eyre”, where Roman plays alongside Elisabeth Sikora, Yngve Gasoy-Romdal, Carin Filipčić and Leah Delos Santos, directed by Markus Olzinger. And I am already looking forward to watch the show, as I have also loved “Blutsbrüder” some years ago! If you want to know more about “Musical Frühling Gmunden”, please click HERE, I can absolutely recommend it.

What I love about especially photographing actors is the complete change of a character with just a different look on their face, even with only slightly different styling. Of course lighting and color are helping too, but it is always astounding to be there with a suddenly different person! That’s always the most exciting part for me – how different someone can look during the time of shooting. I’ll show you what I’m talking about. 😉 From nice and sweet to creepy can happen in minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course this is exactly what actors need for castings, auditions and their agents – being able to show what kind of characters they are able to play. From funny guy to creepy neighbor to loving family father.

I hope Roman will get awesome jobs through the pictures we took. Here’s the slideshow with more of his photos!

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Press preview “Elisabeth” – Raimundtheater

September 25, 2012

Sorry it took a while, but finally here’s what I’ve written on the day of the press preview, including the pictures (I didn’t have time to edit them until now – a few of them are on my facebook-page, but in this blogpost you’ll find many more).

On August 31st 2012 four songs have been presented by the new Cast of the musical “Elisabeth”: “Sie passt nicht”, “Der letzte Tanz”, “Ich gehör’ nur mir”, “Milch”. It was a pleasure to see at least parts of one of my favorite musicals again! Though I had hoped for “Die Schatten werden länger” to finally hear Anton Zetterholm (he is playing “Rudolf”) sing again, as I really liked his voice in the Castingshow for the musical “Tarzan” I was actually watching because of Ina Trabesinger, as I’ve taken photos of her a few years ago (you can still find them on her website).

Back to “Elisabeth”: The staging/choreography seems to be the same, but as I’m only seeing part of what’s happening through my camera – the part on which I’m focussing – I can not guarantee this. 😉 But I THINK it’s the same, as well as the stage design, of course adapted to the Raimundtheater, as “Elisabeth” has been played at the Theater an der Wien before.

The costume design is very different to the shows at the Theater an der Wien 1992 and also 2003. Actually I liked the idea of the old costumes with that creeping pattern on every garment, dull colors – all a connection to death and decadence. That’s different now: The dresses are very colorful and bright, the style has been adapted too.

“Der Tod” is not wearing 90’s-Cowboy-boots, but chunky black boots and black leather clothes, the stone is missing and would probably be out of place anyway. The outfit is much more masculine, and what I especially noticed was the lack of make-up.

Although the outfit is really cool itself, I’m not sure if I like this main change in the character, because all the androgyny is lost now. Usually, when “Tod” appeared on stage, it was like magic, he was like a being from another world, now with losing all the make up and the masculine outfit “Tod” is still beautiful, but too humanized, the costume is too ordinary.  Of course the main story is the love between “Tod” and “Elisabeth”, but in my opinion death is not either male or female, especially as there is also a connection between “Tod” and “Kronprinz Rudolf” who is committing suicide. But I will have to watch the show completely (not only four scenes) to see if that change is working out anyway. “Totentänzer” are wearing black wigs now instead of blond ones – and they reminded me a lot of vampires!

After those four scenes we went upstairs and got ready to take pictures of the cast, some group shots and different combinations of the actors: Mark Seibert, Annemieke van Dam, Kurosch Abbasi, Franziskus Hartenstein, Anton Zetterholm, Daniela Ziegler, Carin Filipčić, Christian Hauser.

After those pictures were taken, interviews had to be given, and in between them I could get some extra portraits. 🙂

That’s the fun part, while the group shots are always kind of stressful, but I’m very happy that I got the chance to be there!

And here’s the slideshow – enjoy!

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Wenn Rosenblätter fallen

May 8, 2011

In February I took the promotion-photos for the new musical “Wenn Rosenblätter fallen”.

It was kind of chaotic as one of the three actors I had to shoot missed the plane because of a delayed (or cancelled?) train, so we had to postpone everything to the afternoon, but it worked anyway. It was such a pleasure to finally take photos of wonderful Carin Filipcic, she has such a great voice! I already met Jana Stelley last year in Cologne, I was happy to meet and photograph her again, she’s a phantastic singer too! And I got to know the male character in this musical: Sascha Kurth. Kai Hüsgen (lyrics, book, arrangements), Rory Six (producer, music, book) and Dirk Schattner (producer, director) were at my studio too, as well as a friend of mine who’s also been my model for several times: Richard Panzenböck, who is responsible for costume design in this show. Britta Tess did make-up and hair for the shooting – thanks for being so spontaneous!

I already heard the music of “Wenn Rosenblätter fallen”, it’s great, and very touching, I nearly cried only because of listening to the highlights-CD. Please have a look at the official website and buy tickets HERE.

And here are finally some of the photos I took!

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