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The One Grand Show

Where art meets culture in a true Berlin fashion

May 26th, 2017
Celeste Stassen, News from Berlin
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The theater has long been known for being a place where people from different cultures can meet, even if they don’t share the same language or cultural heritage. The theatre and ballet has its own language. The past week I had the privilege of being invited to watch a show at the Friedrichstadt Palast. The show called “The One – Grand Show “cannot be described in any other way than being a thrilling and jaw dropping experience.


The show tells the story of a young man who is a guest at an abandoned theatre and gets lost. Soon after, he is drawn to the sound of an underground party- a real Berlin style grunge party that is. The former theatre directress then takes this young man on a journey as he seeks “The One”.

The show itself is an amazing array of talent. You have everything from trapeze artists to dancers and singers. To top it all, the costumes are all designed by the renowned French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The man is a true artist, which he showed by capturing the attention of young and old with the costumes, which are a combination of his trademark French style with a little taste of Berlin.

The entire production is a mixture of German and English music. Now you may ask how come an event like this is considered to be cultural diplomacy. I would say that it surely is, because of the way in which it brings people and cultures together from all over the world. The cast is multicultural and the co-production is German, French and English.

The central goal of the performance is to show that it doesn’t matter where you are from, what your background is or where you are going, we all strive for something. We, as human beings have a common drive. There is more that unites us than what divides us. I found this experience to be truly moving and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the fields of fashion, culture and arts.


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