Venue / Framing the event
Believed to have come from Sita, the wife of Rama, it is supposed to have brought death and destruction to its owners. A Russian prince shot his mistress. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, who brought it from India, was allegedly torn to pieces by wild dogs. Who was the culprit behind these and other great misfortunes? It is the largest blue diamond worldwide, which must be charged with these offenses.
With such stories from the horror genre the jeweler Cartier was able to embed the stone in our collective subconscious minds as a stone of doom. Why? He transformed the diamond into a monster in order to make it more desirable to a rich American heiress. Framing information is a very powerful tool to enhance the experience of objects and events. Every location plays the double function as stage and frame at the same time. People want to marvel at the exclusivity, the unforgettable color, light or sound of the location. Especially here in East Germany there is a multitude of yet undiscovered and amazing event locations.
Catering / The Triumph of the senses
At the start of the 19th century the British read the works of Jane Austen, the Germans pored over the poetic effusions of Goethe and the French studied the works of Marie-Antoine Carême. Carême had been the chef of Talleyrand, the English prince regent and the Russian Tsar. He was the one who made cooking into a form of art. Sophisticated French cookery from then on started to be understood as the most important French contribution to world culture. French 'cuisine' aims at procuring the finest ingredients and to bring out all the nuances of flavor in a subtle way.
At the first glance a beautifully arranged buffet seems to be made only for our eyes. The resounding pop when opening a bottle of vintage wine, the fine smell of a tasty meal, the cooling effect of a wonderful raspberry sorbet - we enjoy cuisine with all our senses. Creative culinary arrangements are essential ingredients in the formula to produce memorable experiences and events. A good catering partner will go beyond the five senses and open up a sixth dimension of sensory experience.
Event Equipment / Stages without courtain
Adolphe Appia had been an iconoclast. With his many reforms he pushed down the classical stage from the dais. His aim was to develop a holistic theater in which actor, space and auditorium become a unified and collaborative artistic entity. According to his ideas the Festspielhaus Hellerau was built, which is now part of Dresden. There a century ago the first theater opened to the public without having a stage, backdrops or curtains. Lighting created mood and atmosphere and replaced scenery.
During a few summers in between 1912 and 1914 artists from all over Europe and the United States visited the Hellerau festivals and saw a show, that they remembered for their lifetime: Paul Claudel, George Bernard Shaw, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke and Walter Gropius. The empty hall in Hellerau was revolutionary! The confluence of new ideas about lighting and new technological opportunities in combination with progressive event concepts can today be used to design a truly memorable experience.
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