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What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

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"Dialoge 06", by Sasha Waltz. At the newly opened Radialsystem V in Berlin, until September 30.

"moZART". Ballet by Heinz Spoerli with music by Mozart and Kaija Saariaho, at the Zurich Opera House.


"Picasso – Painting against time". With almost 200 pieces from some 60 lenders, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, document Picasso's specific working processes and the uniqueness of the style in his late art. At the Albertina in Vienna, until January 7, 2007.

"The KD Vyas Correspondence". Exhibition by the Indian artists' group Raqs Media Collective at Frankfurt's Museum for Communication. The show is based on a series of letters to the group purportedly written by the ancient Indian seer Vyasa, a sort of Indian Homer.

"Reiner Leist: Window". For more than ten years, Reiner Leist has photographed New York from an office window on 8th Avenue with a 19th century plate camera. At the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin, until January 7, 2007.

"Caravaggio". At the museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf, until January 7, 2007.

"Martin Munkacsi. Think while you shoot". Retrospective of the great photographer. At Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, until November 26, 2006.

"Tibet. Monasteries open their treasure chambers". Villa Hügel in Essen, until November 26, 2006.

"Seek the Extremes... Dorothy Iannone and Lee Lozano". Dorothy Iannone (born in 1933) and Lee Lozano (1930 - 1999) are extremely different in their approach to art. Yet both women had a radical style combining drawings, text and wit. Kunsthalle Vienna, until October 15, 2006.

"Felsen aus Beton und Glas. Die Architektur von Gottfried Böhm" (Cliffs of concrete and glass. The architecture of Gottfried Böhm). Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, until November 5, 2006.

"Ed Ruscha. Photographer". The work of Ed Ruscha – born in 1937 in Los Angeles, where he still lives – has yet to be grasped in its full significance. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, until November 26, 2006.

"Head On". Works by Chinese star artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, until October 15, 2006.

Two exhibitions have opened on the on the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, in Berlin and Magdeburg, until December 10, 2006.

"The Green Vault".The Saxon royal treasures have moved back to their original home in Dresden's Royal Palace. Permanent exhibition.

"Entry". A look into the future of humanity at Essen's Zeche Zollverein, in Essen, until December 3, 2006.

The Eighth Square: Gender, Life, and Desire in the Arts since 1960”, a journey to the furthest fringes of sexuality. Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Through November 12.

Architect Franz Gustav Forsmann (1795-1878) - A look at his public and private commissions. Jenisch-Haus, Hamburg. Through October 29.

"Mathilda is calling - Remembrance as Future," opening show of new Exhibition House Mathildenhöhe director Ralf Beil, in Darmstadt; a laboratory of remembrance, with art, culture, design and architecture. Through October 8.

Exhibition on the history of expulsion, "Erzwungene Wege" ("Forced Departures" - German site here), gives a taste of the future "Centre Against Expulsion." At the Kronprinzenpalais, Unter den Linden 3, Berlin, August 10 until October 29.

The German Historical Museum has opened its new permanent exhibit in Berlin.

"Mythos Troja." At the Antikensammlung, Munich, until May 31, 2007.

"Rembrandt. Quest of a Genius." At the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, until November 5, 2006.

"Bildern vom Vierwaldstättersee". Kunstmuseum Luzern, until October 1.

"Leuchtende Bauten: Architektur der Nacht" (Luminous buildings: architecture of the night). At the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, until October 1, 2006.

"Wirklich … wahr. Gabriele Mucchi und die Malerei des Realismus" (Really... true. Gabriele Mucchi and realist painting). Gabriele Mucchi (1899 - 2002) may be seen as one of the foremost Italian painters of the 20th century. Until July 28 at the main building of Greifswald University in Greifswald; August 4 - October 29 at the Vineta Museum in Barth.

"Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. The Art of Two Cities". At Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie until October 3.


"Ruhr Triennale". A festival of music, dance, theatre and more. Baroque man is at the centre of the second season under festival director Jürgen Flimm. At a variety of venues in Bochum, Essen, Duisburg and Gladbeck, until October 15, 2006.


"Science of Sleep". France, 2005. Romantic comedy by Michel Gondry. In his dreams, Stephane (Gaël Garcia Bernal), has all the courage he needs to conquer the girl of his dreams (Charlotte Gainsbourg)...

"Zwei Mädchen aus Istanbul" (Two girls from Istanbul). Turkey, 2005. Drama by Kutlug Ataman. Behiye (Feride Çetin) is intelligent, educated and - trapped. Her brother forces her into a subordinate role like that of her mother. She rebels, but her protests fall on deaf ears, until she meets Handan (Vildan Atasever), her exact opposite.

"Der Kick" (the kick). Germany, 2006. Documentary by Andres Veiel. On the night of July 13, 2002, the brothers Marco and Marcel Schönfeld and their friend Sebastian Fink kill an aquaintance of theirs, 16 year old Marinus Schöberl, in cold blood. The film tries to come to terms with the act.

"Der unbekannte Soldat" (the unknown soldier). Germany, 2006. Documentary by Michael Verhoeven. The "Wehrmachtausstellung" was a taboo-breaking exhitition of crimes committed by the German army during the second world war. Until then, the idea of a "clean" army had prevailed. Then suddenly photos were shown of soldiers murdering civilians. The extreme right demonstrated, and conservative politicians were outraged. The film retells the shocking history of the Wehrmacht in Eastern Europe.

"Gambit". Switzerland / Germany, 2005. Documentary by Sabine Gisiger. On July 10, 1976, the village Seveso in Northern Italy became famous overnight. Highly poisonous dioxin was released after an explosion in the Icmesa factory. The film tells the story of Jörg Sambeth, then factory director, who uncovers information incriminating his superiors.

"Road to Guantanamo". UK, 2006. Drama by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. A story that's as unbelievable as it is true. Four friends leave England in autumn of 2001 to celebrate the wedding of a friend in Pakistan - but the party turns to purgatory when they take a side-trip to Afghanistan, where they're arrested as terrorist suspects by the US army.

"Swinger Club". Germany, 2005. Drama by Jan Georg Schütte. Albert and Birgit invite their three best friends to a celebration dinner at their country house on their fifth wedding anniversary. But the idyll turns into a minefield as one story comes to light after the next.

"Perfume - The Story of a Murderer". Germany, 2006. Drama by Tom Tykwer. Based on the bestseller by Patrick Süskind.

"Houwelandt - Ein Roman entsteht" (Houwelandt - a novel takes shape). Germany, 2005. Documentary by Jörg Adolph. The film observes writer John von Düffel during the creation of his novel "Houwelandt".

"Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem". Germany, 2005. Documentary by Marc Bauder and Dörte Franke. The story of three German families, just a handful of the estimated 250,000 political prisoners of the German Democratic Republic.

"Das G muss weg". Germany, 2006. Documentary by Renate Günther-Greene. The film shows the functionally illiterate Steffi (27), Mondo (25) and Nicole (24), who had the courage to be filmed for one year as they take part in an alphabetisation course for adults.

"Hedy Lamarr - Secrets of a Hollywood Star". Switzerland / Germany / Canada, 2006. Documentary by Fosco Dubini, Donatelo Dubini and Barbara Obermaier.

"Water". Canada / India, 2006. Historical drama by Deepa Mehta. The film takes place in 1938, against the background of Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power in colonial India. Chuyia, an eight-year-old girl, becomes a widow shortly after her wedding and must move into a home in which Hindu women spend their lives in repentence.

"Sehnsucht" (Longing). Germany 2006. Valeska Griesebach's tragedy of a man caught between two women. Set in Brandenburg starring all non-actors. (See our review.)

"Between the Lines". Germany / India, 2005. Documentary by Thomas Wartmann. The film documents attempts by photographer Anita Khemka to get closer to the Hijras, the eunuchs of India. The Hijras are infertile, yet they are said to induce fertility. They are castrated, yet eroticism is ever-present.

"The Free Will". Germany, 2006. Drama by Matthias Glasner. The film about the ill-starred love of a convicted rapist, which earned Jürgen Vogel a Silver Bear for best actor at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

"Emmas Glück". Germany, 2006. Drama by Sven Taddicken, based on bestselling novel by Claudia Schreiber.


"Aeneas in Karthago", by composer Joseph Martin Kraus. The penultimate production of director Klaus Zehelein at the end of 15 years at Stuttgart's Staatsoper.


"Angst Essen Seele Auf", directed by Cora Frost. Based on the 1973 film of the same name by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Theater Aachen, until December 29, 2006.

"Rosmersholm" by Henrik Ibsen, at the Schauspielhaus Bochum until October 29.

"Oresteia" by Aeschylus, directed by Michael Thalheimer's at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, directed by Jürgen Gosch. Named by the magazine Theater heute the year's best performance. Restarts at the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus on October 13, 2006.

Antigone's "Sophocles", in Friedrich Hölderlin's translation, reworked by Bertold Brecht. Directed by George Tabori. At the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream". Created for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece this summer, the production by Thomas Ostermeier and Constanza Macras is now showing in the Schaubühne in Berlin. Until October 25, 2006. - let's talk european