Art on Ice 2013 – Leona Lewis, 2Cellos (video) and Breathtaking Ice Skating

Leona Lewis, Art On Ice 2013

Leona Lewis

The premiere of Art on Ice 2013 opened on Thursday night in Zurich at the Hallenstadion in Oerlikon and the show was truly captivating. The headline act was Leona Lewis who was singing her greatest hits as the ice figure skaters danced and performed on the ice rink in front of the stage.

Art On Ice 2013

Having never been before I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but I was enthralled by the beauty, skill and talent of the ice figure skaters.  It’s not surprising that the performances were so good, as the performers at Art On Ice all belong to the top echelons of the skating world and between them share a raft of World Championship and European medals.

Leona Lewis Art On Ice 2013

Leona Lewis

Florent Amodio performed impressive gravity defying moves on the ice.

Florent Amodio, Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amodio

The elegance and grace as the skaters waltzed across the ice to differing music from Leona Lewis, Seven, the 2Cellos year (who last year accompanied Elton John on his tour) was amazing and gave the performances variety and made them simply stunning to observe. Stephane Lambiel not only gave an amazing skating performance but also sang with Larissa Evans a special number entitled “Live Your Fantasy”.

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte Art on Ice 2013

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte

Adelina Sotnikova, Art On Ice Zurich 2013

Adelina Sotnikova

Sarah Meier looked totally at home at Art On Ice, having been a regular performer here for a number of years.

Sarah Meier Art On Ice 2013

Sarah Meier

The Singer Seven (Jan Dettwyler) performed opening songs together with Mummenchanz, the mime group or “magicians of silence” who perform on stage as two giant hands.

Seven and Mummenschanz Art On Ice 2013

Seven and Mummenschanz Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amadio and Maxim Trankov at Art On Ice 2013

Florent Amadio and Maxim Trankov

Later at the “after party” the performances continued, though this time the ice skating champions took a back seat and enjoyed a well deserved rest as some of the singers including Seven and the Two Cellos gave energetic and lively performances till the early hours.

Anna Cappellini, Lucas Lanotte & Shizuka Arakawa

Anna Cappellini, Lucas Lanotte & Shizuka Arakawa

Tatyana Volosozhar

Tatyana Volosozhar

Having played on stage, the 2Cellos, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser went on to entertain a very enthusiastic audience at the After Show Party with their energetic interpretation of popular chart songs with their cellos.   Here is a video of the 2Cellos performing at the After Party and them performing a snippet of an AC DC number.

The 2Cellos at Art On Ice

The 2Cellos

Here is a video of Seven performing at the After Party

The two founders of Art on Ice in Zurich, Reto Caviezel and Oliver Hoerner and the Head of Marketing, Marc Lindegger, should take pride in an amazing show and the fact that Art on Ice Zurich is now sold out.  If you plan on going next year you can already reserve tickets for Art On Ice Zurich 2014.

To see the official Art On Ice 2013 Official Trailer click here.

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Art On Ice in Zurich 31st January – 3rd February

World Champion Ice Skaters Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

World Champion Ice Skaters Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

Art On Ice takes place from 31st January to the 3rd February with Leona Lewis, Swiss singer Seven and a fantastic line-up of European and World figure skating champions demonstrating their skill and expertise on ice at the Hallenstadion in Oerlikon.

Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

After Zurich, Art On Ice will go on to be staged in Lausanne, Davos, Helsinki, and finally Stockholm. There are only a few tickets left so for more information please go to the website.

World Champion Ice Skaters Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

World Champion Ice Skaters Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy

Yesteday was the final day of rehearsals before the show begins and the skaters were going through their paces. The Russian figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova, who finished 2nd last week in Zagreb at the European figure skating championships, was also busy rehearsing.

Adelina Sotnikova, European figure skating champion

Adelina Sotnikova, European figure skating champion

Swiss singer “Seven” was accompanying them on vocals as they practised their complicated routines.  Seven is no stranger to “Art On Ice” having participated for the first time back in 2010.

Swiss Singer Seven at Art on Ice

Seven

There has been a small change in the line up as due to injury Jewgeni Plushenko is unable to take part and instead French skating champion Florent Amodio, European Champion 2011, who took the silver medal last week at the European Championship 2013 in Zagreb will be attending. French ice skaters Nathalie Péchalat & Fabian Bourzat are also unable to perform as Fabian has also been injured and Victoria Sinitsina, 17, & Ruslan Zhiganshin, 20, the current World Junior figure skating Champions, will now be performing.

Video: If you’ve never been to Art On Ice before click here for a short video of Aljona Savachenko and Robin Szolkowy to give you some idea of what you have in store for you if you go along to Art On Ice.Live on ice Zurich 2013

 

Are you an Expat in Zurich? Why not go and see “Expats” at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich?

Expats Play at Theater Neumarkt

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

There is a new play showing in Zurich at the moment which is bound to have a lot of resonance with many of Zurich’s English speaking population.  The play is called “Expats”, by Barbara Weber and is in English and German, and as the name suggests all about expats in Zurich.

Expats in Zurich

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

From the reviews so far it looks like an interesting work, sure to play on both the virtues and vices of the expat lifestyle. The play is at Theater Neumarkt, 5 Neumarkt, 8001 Zurich and the performances are as follows:

Wednesday 6th February, Friday 8th February and Saturday 9th February at 8pm. There are also further performances in March on Friday 15th March and Saturday 16th March at 8pm.

Tickets cost CHF 45 and children and reduced tickets cost CHF 20. For further information visit the website and to buy tickets online go here.

There is also a “Theatre Trilogy Night” where all three plays that are currently being performed as part of a trilogy at Theater Neuhaus (Expats, Dr Madam ihre Mössiö and Truppenbesuch) are shown in succession on Saturday 30th March starting at 6pm. Tickets for this performance cost CHF 75.

Expats in Zurich

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

Zurich Tanzt 3rd to 5th May – Zurich’s Dancing Festival

Zurich Tanzt 2013 is an amazing dancing extravaganza that will be taking place in Zurich from the 3rd – 5th May. It will feature dance events of every type imaginable and there will be dancing for everyone no matter what your age or interest.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
The auditions or “casting events” for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau will take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January. So if you’re keen to get involved and show the world that you can dance – sign up now!
Zurich Tanzt 2013
There will be 15 short dance performances by dancers from all over Europe, as well as some crash courses in different styles of dancing and a variety of events throughout the city. There will even be one big event at Zurich Hauptbahnhof on Saturday 4th May to show the world that Zurich “rocks”. They’re keeping it under wraps at the moment but there will be more information to follow.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
So don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet, or no rhythm, you’ve got plenty of time to start practising. After all, there are still a few weeks until the beginning of May, and it looks as if the whole of Zurich will be dancing that weekend!
For more information (in German) read here. Enjoy and have fun!
Photos: © Zurich Tanzt

Zurich Events – Laura Heselton, Country Music Festival, Leona Lewis Art On Ice

Three very different events coming to Zurich in the coming weeks – but as things often sell out quickly it may be a good time to book.

Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is coming to Zurich from January 24th to February 8th. Sessions, readings and workshop – so why not “harness your intuition and find your destiny”? To arrange a consultation email Laura here.

Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic

The 29th International Country Music Festival is coming to town and is being held at the Schutzenhaus in Albisguetli from 1st February – 24th March. Full details of the 38 day line up and the schedule can be viewed here.

International Country Music Festival Albisguetli

Don’t forget too that Leona Lewis will be performing at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion on 31st January till 3rd February. There are still a few tickets available for purchase. Check this link for the latest details and for more details on the event itself read our previous post.

Leona Lewis In Zurich

Photos: Laura Heselton, International Country Music Festival and Art On Ice

Eddie Izzard comes to Zurich – Saturday 27th April

For those of you who like to forward plan, a quick reminder that if you haven’t got tickets for Eddie Izzard’s performance in Zurich on Saturday 27th April yet – there are still some available via : ticketcorner!

Edie Izzard in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie will be entertaining in Zurich on 27th April as part of the Swiss leg of his “Force Majeure” tour, following a 2 night stint in Geneva.

Leona Lewis at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion Zurich 31st January – 3rd February

Leona Lewis In Zurich

Don’t miss “Art on Ice” at the Hallenstation in Zurich featuring British singer and entertainer Leona Lewis.  Leona will be performing from the 31st January – 3rd February. Accompanying Leona  on the journey will be 2Cellos’ Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic who supported Sir Elton John on a recent tour.

The stars on the ice are all figure skating champions: Stéphane Lambiel, Jewgeni Plushenko, renowned for his incredible jumps, Olympic gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa, four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy as well as Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov, Nathalie Péchalat & Fabian Bourzat and Sarah Meier.
Moderating the show will be the highly acclaimed René Bazinet. Art on Ice is much more than a figure skating event – it is an exciting mix of outstanding athletes and international music stars. For further information and to buy tickets.

Art On Ice

Conelli Circus, Salto Natale Circus and the “Swiss Christmas” Show in Zurich

Swiss Christmas

If you’re looking for a show or some traditional festive entertainment in Zurich over the Christmas period there are a couple of traditional circuses on offer, for example Conelli running until the 6th January and Salto Natale running until the 2nd January and there is also the “Swiss Christmas” show which is on until the 31st December and takes place in a great big white tent close to the Hallenstadion in Oerlikon.

Although not billed as a circus, Swiss Christmas features acrobatics, trapeze acts, dancing, singing, comedy acts and an amazing magic show by conjurer Peter Marvey.  Most of the acts are more visual than verbal, so you can follow what is going on with only minimal German although many of the introductions to acts and any comedy routines will be in German or Swiss German.  However, you don’t need much German to get the gist!

Salto Natale Zurich

By now, many of the performances for all three productions are selling out, however, there are still tickets to be had – please click on the blue links above for more information.

conelli circus Zurich
Conelli Photo Credit: Daniele Lupini

Quiz Night with Diccon Bewes and the BSCC in Zurich 13th December

Diccon Bewes, author of SwissWatching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much do you know about Swiss or British trivia?  If you’ve been reading Diccon Bewes’ latest book “Swisscellany”, chances are you will know quite alot!  In any case, why not pit your wits against your friends, neighbours, fellow expats and come along on your own or sign up as a team of four to join in the fun.

Diccon is sure to be a highly entertaining Quiz Master.  If you have read his book Swiss Watching you will know what I mean – there are passages that have you laughing out loud.  Swiss Watching was featured as a Financial Times “best book” and was recently translated into German so that the Swiss can read about themselves in (one of) their own language (s) too!

The event is organised by the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce and takes place in Zurich on December 13th, starting at 6pm. If you would like to register,  please follow this link: Hurry though as tickets are selling fast!

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at the Quiz Night on the 13th December in Zurich.

How much do you know about Swiss or British trivia?  If you’ve been reading Diccon Bewes’ latest book “Swisscellany”, chances are you will know quite alot!  In any case, why not pit your wits against your friends, neighbours, fellow expats and come along on your own or sign up as a team of four to join in the fun.

Diccon is sure to be a highly entertaining Quiz Master.  If you have read his book Swiss Watching you will know what I mean – there are passages that have you laughing out loud.  Swiss Watching was featured as a Financial Times “best book” and was recently translated into German so that the Swiss can read about themselves in (one of) their own language (s) too!

Swisscellany by Diccon Bewes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credits: dicconbewes.com

Die Herzbaracke on Lake Zurich

Have you ever visited the “Herzbaracke” in Zurich? It’s actually a cross between a boat and a  “floating theatre”, equipped with a with a restaurant and a stage and all beautifully  decorated in  the style of “la Belle Epoque”. They perform dance productions, recitals, concerts, pantomime, literary cabaret in a very friendly atmosphere while you have a meal or just a drink. For the program click here.

die Herzbaracke, Lake Zurich
Federico Emanuel Pfaffen sails all year round on Lake Zurich, docking at different locations to present a wide variety of productions. The Herzbaracke will be in Zurich from November to March.

die Herzbaracke, Lake Zurich