BERLIN PORTRAIT # 17
Splendid Berlin Magazine steps back in time with entrepreneur, diva and Bohème Sauvage’s first lady Else Edelstahl.
Portraits & Words: Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit
Where do you hail from?
I am originally from close to Düsseldorf. I moved to Berlin in 1999, when I was 18. It was quite spontaneously. I’m now based in Friedrichshain.
What current projects are you working on?
I’m a full time event manager specialising in 1920s concept events, cabaret and burlesque. I’ve run the infamous regular 1920s themed event ‘Bohème Sauvage’ for more than 7 years. I started this in Berlin, but I also have it in Hamburg, Cologne, Vienna and Zurich now. Also I am co-founder of La Fête Fatale, the funniest and craziest burlesque event in Berlin.
‘Right now I’m planning a private and intimate 1920s Spiritistical Salon.’
What do you particularly appreciate about Berlin?
The freedom and the huge amount of great people and very good friends. Berlin’s atmosphere is unique! Berlin provides everything I need. I love going on holiday, but the best part is to always know I will come back here.
Which are your preferred Berlin destinations?
My garden house and the lakes, the parks, the area around Boxhagener Platz, where I live, Kreuzberg around Schlesisches Tor.
Which nightspots do you glamorously frequent?
The Bassy Club and the Bar Primitiv.
Which are your most treasured theatre and cinemas?
Cinema: Delphi in Kantstraße / Theatre: Berliner Ensemble
What is your favorite Berlin restaurant?
Marafi – a tiny Sudanese place.
Which Berlin market do you most enjoy?
Turkish Market and Trödelmarkt am 17. Juni.
What aspects of Berlin offend your eyes?
Potsdamer Platz and all the construction works everywhere – new buildings…
What is the strangest thing about you?
‘I have a serious kiwi (the fruit) phobia.’
Which is your most revered period in time and why?
The 1920s. It’s the most fascinating time for me as incredibly many things have changed in many ways in a very very short period of time. Just crazy!
Have you had any otherworldly encounters?
I saw a ghost when I was a kid.
What figures have most inspired you?
‘Many interesting characters from the 20s, to name but a few: Alla Nazimova, Pola Negri, Fritz Lang, Klaus and Erika Mann.’
Who are your most cherished authors?
Kurt Tucholsky, Klaus Mann.
Who is your favorite film director?
Fritz Lang of course!
What plans do you have for the future?
I love my job and want to go on with it for another 10 years or so. I plan to have some employees sometime and reduce the work time and stress bit by bit.
Do you believe in the afterlife?
Well, I do not really care or let’s say: I will find out soon enough.