An evening at Friedrichstadt-Palast:VIVID Grand Show in Berlin
I knew Friedrichstadt-Palast is the place for events in Berlin and Vivid show was the natural choice when I decided to see a spectacle. Last year I visited Berlin during ITB 2018 and I saw many posters in the city with all kind of events. But I didn’t have time then. And this year, when I started to plan my spring trip to ITB 2019 (the biggest travel fair in the world), I remembered the posters. I started to do some research on events in Berlin for English speakers and all my results were pointing the Vivid Grand show at Friedrichstadt- Palast.
Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin is the largest show palace in Europe and the most modern one. It is located in the Mitte district, the historical heart of Berlin. The actual building is called New Friedrichstadt-Palast and it was constructed in 1984, but the history of the palace begins in XIXth century with the Old Friedrichstadt-Palast, erected 200 meters southwest of present-day location. The first construction was used as a market hall , food depot, circus and theater. It was bomeberd during second world war and closed in 1980 because of the damaged foundation.
The New Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin opened in 1984 and became host for the big entertainment shows. The new building has some elements reminding of palace’s long history. The performances use advanced lighting and stage technology and some of them have over a hundred artists. The best thing is that Friedrichstadt-Palast is a place where you can find beautiful events in Berlin for English speakers. You can buy here tickets for the show.
The first time I entered the building I wasn’t so impressed. It is not opulent as I expected. But the stage is enormous and it is very well designed so you can see perfect from any seat. In the foyer, a permanent exhibit of the theater’s district can be seen. Take your time during the intermission to visit it. Parts of the stage machinery used in the old Friedrichstadt-Palast are displayed on a background with all the big names that performed here: Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald etc.
We left our coats at the wardrobe, took our seats and waited for the show to start while a strong voice welcomed us to Friedrichstadt-Palast both in English and in German. And then the magic began!
Review – How was the VIVID show in Berlin?
“Las Vegas in Berlin” is the most common description I read about the show, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Nor the trailer gave me extra details. So I just sat there waiting to be surprised. And I was. I had the feeling I was in a dream where things so strange happen that only imagination can produce them. Giant ants looking like robots appeared on stage from nowhere, a magician painted on water, neon girls were moving in the same rhythm and exotic animals were dancing creating a colorful scenery. And that was only the first part! After the break the giant ants and other huge animals conquered the scene, the synchronously dancers continued to charm the audience, the “jumping” boys walking on wheels scared the public and big holograms gave us the sensation we were in an enchanted land. Their beautiful costumes support this sensation of magic. Three talented singers are the main hosts of the show offering continuity during the story.
VIVID show in Berlin is an experience for all senses. In two hours, it makes you live the whole range of human emotions: excitement, fear, curiosity, sadness and fascination. I laughed, I was scared, I felt sad, I was amazed. And if something can make me feel all these in such a short time and at that intensity, then it totally worths living it.
The main idea of the show was that we are all different and it is important to respect and even to celebrate that. This is something that also travel teaches you. So if you want to enjoy the German Capital to the fullest, include also an evening at the Friedrichstadt-Palast to see Vivid show in Berlin. You will have stories to tell after!
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