To Berlin for the day with Chris to go and see my dear friend and colleague Marita Mirsalimova play the pianist in Jerome Robbins’ The Concert with Staatsballett Berlin at the Staatsoper, along with Fancy Free and Afternoon of a Faun. Marita played beautifully as always, and it was a great evening’s entertainment. Fortunately, the wonderful Wolfram Fleischhauer (see an older entry, too) was in town, and so after lunch at the Oranium we went to have coffee and strudel and meet his family for the first time – it’s about 8 years since we last saw each other when he was researching Benesh notation for Drei Minuten mit der Wirklichkeit, though his books have been a fairly constant companion ever since. Dinner with Chris, Marita & Wolfram at the incredible Schinkel-Klause a stone’s throw away from the opera house, and then back in Tooting by 10am. No real time for piccies, but I took a few before it got dark just so I could have a Berlin gallery.