Posts Tagged ‘Elisabeth’

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Musicalfest 2016

September 24, 2016

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I decided to make a short blogpost for all the people who could not be at the Raimundtheater in Vienna today, and also for those who want to look at some pictures of today’s “MUSICALFEST”. 😉

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Like in previous years there has been a built a big stage on the street right next to the Raimundtheater and the show programme was shown three times. This year’s singers were Ana Milva Gomes, Marjan Shaki, Drew Sarich and Oedo Kuipers.

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The Songs:
“Einladung zum Ball” (Tanz der Vampire) – Drew Sarich,  “Wenn ich tanzen will” (Elisabeth) – Ana and Oedo, “Gold von den Sternen” (Mozart) – Ana, “Wie wird man seinen Schatten los” (Mozart) – Oedo, “High flying adored” (Evita) – Marjan and Drew, “Don’t cry for me, Argentinia” (Evita) – Marjan.

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Of course there was also a lot to see inside the theatre – three songs of the new musical “Schikaneder” have been performed by the original cast – Premiere will be next Friday, Sept. 30th at the Raimundtheater. Tickets are available here. As I’m going to watch the full show next week, I decided I’d better wait until then. 😉

If you want to look at more photos or have some prints, please go to my website => shop – there you can find more. And here’s also the usual slide show of some of the available 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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GOOD MEN – Jesus Christ Superstar, Drew Sarich and Rasmus Borkowski :-)

February 25, 2011

Finally I got the chance to do a job for a company I always wanted to work with: Vereinigte Bühnen Wien! I like photography, but I love musicals. 🙂 Since I first saw “Elisabeth” in 1993 with Pia Douwes and Uwe Kröger I loooove it! And since then I wanted to have a job that has to do with musicals, singing, acting, dancing, theatre, costumes, light, great make-up, music,… and, well, taking photos of those gifted people was somehow close to what I wanted, though my first choice would have been dresser in a musical. 🙂 Tried this years later, and it was great! Funny job! Would do it again.

Anyway, now I’m a photographer and got another cool job that had to do with musical: Taking photos of Drew Sarich for promoting “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Ronacher, April 21st -24th, more information HERE). I’m so so happy I could do my first job for VBW with someone I already knew – I already took photos of Drew for the show “IZ by oliver emanuel” some years ago – he, Dave Moskin and Kyrre Kvam were playing. So I was nervous about shooting such an important job, but it was comforting that Drew was there! I also have to say that my assistant Eva (thanks again!) was very patient holding the boom-lightstand for Drew’s safety, and the creative support of Christina, Monika and of course Drew’s cooperation was really helpful. Thanks to everyone! We worked fast and I think we got some nice results – you can see some of the photos below!

Thanks also to Denise Jastraunig for being test-model for my ideas! Here’s the link to her website – she’s a phantastic singer too:
http://www.denise-jastraunig.at/

We took two completely different versions – a rather classic photo with warm light from above and a dirty background as contrast to Drew’s white shirt. It’s hard to get charcoal in winter! baumax only offered 10-kg-bags…! So I  bought some carbon pencils at an artist’s store, made charcoal-crumbles to get my beautiful white studio wall dirty…:-) The second version was a very modern interpretation – the ringlight as Drew’s halo. And when we shot the second variation, Beyoncé’s “halo” was playing at the radio – how funny!!! Drew was sure that this is a sign! 🙂 I edited those photos in different ways, I think my favourite picture is the blue-ish one. I just totally love Drew’s expression on this one, it’s like “Me?! You want ME to die?”, which fits perfectly to the show in my opinion. Tell me which one you think is the best!

And here are also some photos of another gorgeous man: Rasmus Borkowski! Taking photos of him was a lot of fun, actually his was one of my top-3 of my funniest photoshootings! 🙂 As I haven’t published so many photos, especially many of last year, I’ll try to catch up on this. So here are some of the pictures I took of Rasmus!

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