On last week’s Friday, Ro and I went to see Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto at Baustelle. We only knew Alexander Hacke from his work with Einstürzende Neubauten, but didn’t know about his collaboration with his wife or that he has written a book.
Baustelle is one room/stage at our local theatre Schauspiel and since it is around the corner from where we live and also because their program somehow speaks to us, we decided to go.
I experienced a literally pretty entertaining evening. There were about a hundred guests and Alexander Hacke started with telling about having the idea of writing the book Krach: Verzerrte Erinnerungen and its journey until publishing the actual book. Then he read a little bit of his funny, crazy and weird lifetime stories, alternated with some more amusing background episodes. You may think, all of his experiences and achievements made him a shy or maybe arrogant person, but that wasn’t the case at all. Alexander Hacke seemed very grounded, funny and pretty nice. After the book presentation, he and his wife played some songs from their upcoming album Perseverantia und Danielle’s previous album Tacoma. I especially liked his deep voice that almost set me in some kind of trance state and enjoyed watching all the great and weird visuals created by Danielle de Picciotto.
Alexander Hacke also told facts about the nomadic and minimalistic life they’re leading for a couple of years now, facts that really made me smile.
PS: Diskurs also is a series of events planned by Theatre Science students, which might be the reason why this event almost was for free. (Imagine the fact that we only paid 2 Euro! I mean, it’s not about the money, but I already spent so much money on superstars and really bad shows that I need to mention here that I was kinda surprised and very happy having a wonderful evening for less than a pocket money.)