The Chamäleon Circus in Berlin
In the heart of Berlin, you will find Chamäleon, a German theatre specialising in a new type of circus. Featuring acrobatics, theatre, dance, audiovisual presentations, storytelling and music. This is a circus with a modern spin. I am glad to say that an important player missing from the traditional travelling circus is the animal. And also there is no tent. This means that the venue remains the same, but the shows and the artists are changing. Innovative circus performers from all over the world flock to Berlin for a few months to a year to perform at the Chamäleon theatre.
The theatre is located on Hackesche Höfe, a historic courtyard built during the Belle Époque. This complex miraculously survived the Second World War almost unscathed. In addition to the Chamäleon theatre, there are various restaurants, apartments, offices and cafés on the square. It is within walking distance of the Hackescher Markt train station. A vaulted entrance on Rosenthaler Straße provides access to the courtyard, where you also find the box office.
Circus with a modern twist
The Jugendstil courtyard was built in 1906. The stage was erected in a former ballroom for the Berlin elite at the beginning of the last century. The grandeur of yesteryear revives in the theatre café with a renovated oak parquet, red velvet curtains and a grand balcony. Even the toilets still have Art Nouveau details in place, a feast for the senses, well, in any case, visually.
One can nip at a prosecco, a gin & tonic or a beer at the candlelit tables during the show. A snack is also possible. How about a grilled falafel sandwich, bruschetta, or Burgundy beef stew? Service continues during the show.
The doors open 45 minutes before the start of the show. Guests can linger for at least an hour after the performance has finished.
Showtime in the theatre
A new show is staged every few to six months. So get ready for guitars and drums to draw you into the story, whilst acrobats reminiscent of Olympic gold medallists appear to be on speed.
The show welcomes little ones, but it is not aimed at children.
Tickets can be bought online or at the box office. Students, children, disabled and unemployed can get discounts.
- Train (S-Bahn) Hackescher Markt: S3, S5, S7, S75. The station is a few hundred meters from the theatre.
- Metro (U-bahn) U8
- Bus line 348
- Tram line M1, M4, M5, M6
- Q-Park Alexanderstr./Bebelplatz
- Parkhaus ALexa APCOA
- Busparkplätze Dircksenstraβe
- Chamäleon: food and drink are served before, during and after the show.
- Hackescher Höfe, on the courtyard, are several restaurants.
- Combine the visit to the theatre with the Hackescher Markt. A pleasant square next to the train station. During the day there is a lively market. If you are on a budget, buy currywurst (€2.50), combine it with fries, and you are set for the evening. There is also a wide choice of restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating on the square.
See also: Tickets for ARISE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast
I was invited by Chamäleon to visit and review the show on my blog.
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