MIR geht es gut at the Fidelio-Wettbewerb Konservatorium Wien

March 27th, 2009 § 0

On Monday, I thought I was dropping in on a young composers concert at Porgy and Bess. Something about the Konservatorium Wien. To my surprise, there turned out to be as much dance and performance as music.

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MIR geht es gut – Petra Straussová

The best dance piece which I saw was called MIR geht es gut. It’s about two girlfriends who meet repeatedly in the underground or at a joga class or via a quick handy call. If you’ve lived in Vienna any period of time, you are familiar with the persistenty shallow "Mir geht’s gut und dir?" At first you think they really want to know. But not at all. It’s equivalent of the empty North American. "How are you?" for which there is only one acceptable answer. "I’m great and how are you?"

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MIR geht es gut – Petra Straussová

It’s an absurd situation. Why do people speak at all if they have nothing to say. Both Petra Staussová and Simone Kühle managed to catch the inflection and frantic feel-good vibe of the modern urban woman perfectly.

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A Winter Evening in Café Pruckel

March 5th, 2009 § 3

It had been a long time since my good friend Kathi (now Dr. Kathi Kastner – congratulations!) and I sat down for a Viennese coffee and chat. Back at home in Prückel, one of the first Viennese cafés I visited and perhaps my favorite is Café Prückel, next to Statdtpark on the edge of the first district. 

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Winter in Cafe Pruckel Vienna 3
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Winter in Cafe Pruckel Vienna 4
Dr Kathi Kastner
Portrait of Kathi

For a time I even tried to work in Café Prückel as it is wonderfully bright during the day. But it is just too smoky for more than an hour or two.

The goulash soup is classic.