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(Un)dress To Impress

(Un)dress To Impress

For retro-themed ambiance, Vienna has few rivals, being somewhat Vintage itself: elegantly decrepit fin-de-siècle decadence still saturates the very walls of the manifold venues presenting themselves. One of them is the Volkstheater’s Rote Bar, home of the burlesque carnival Cirque Rouge, a celebration of vaudeville and cabaret culture taking place every few months. Setting it apart is its dedication to recreating a first-half […]

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

Staging and Screening Anna Karenina

First published in 1887, the story of Anna Karenina still feels modern. Even 125 years later, Leo Tolstoy’s novel of stifled love in the perfumed salons of 19th century aristocratic Russia remain gripping. This social tapestry of culture and character woven together, meticulously unveiling all characters through a shifting of voice and perspective, has retained […]

Anna Karenina Premieres at the Volkstheater

Anna Karenina Premieres at the Volkstheater

Three couples, three stories, one stage. On Friday, 23 November, Armin Petras’ stage adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina makes its Austrian premiere on the Volkstheater stage. The novel, published between 1873 and 1877 and deemed a “flawless work of art” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is a dense portrait of Russian society, told through intertwined tales of adultery, […]

Threepenny Opera: A Naked Lunch, and Morals for Dessert

Threepenny Opera: A Naked Lunch, and Morals for Dessert

In May 1956, Londoners welcomed Louis Armstrong to the Empress Hall, and looked up at the stage with bemused interest, as his All-Stars breezed through a tune recorded the previous September. With wide eyes and a pearly white grin, Satchmo growled into the microphone: “Ya know…, when that shark bites, with his teeth, babe, scarlet […]

Survival Artists: a Journey

It starts with a twangy piano tune: All eyes fixed on the stage, the actors enter in a languid trance-like state, subdued by their own understated movements. Like drifting particles suspended in a fluid, at first glance the assembly appears feeble. But soon enough, confusion is replaced by emotion as it becomes clear that the […]

After Dark: On the Roof

Launching a new upscale hotel in the tourist haven that is Vienna is undoubtedly a daunting prospect. Still, my interest was piqued upon hearing about a new “25 Hours”  design hotel opening up next to the Volkstheater, promoting a rooftop bar with a magnificent view of the city. This was the fifth and newest branch […]

La Môme Piaf

La Môme Piaf

On a black, minimalist set, a piano and accordion player are set up on stage right, standing across from a bed with a few belongings scattered on the floor. Front and center- the microphone. With a tousled head of brown hair and large, lively eyes, singer Maria Bill shuffles out onto the stage in a […]

Americans Face Off

Election year in the United States has come around once again, bringing with it heated debates and promises of change.  While only citizens can vote, the new American president will affect politics around the world.  Candidates from both sides have promised change from the last eight years, and many people are hoping for exactly that. […]

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