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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 24 June 2008 Issue No.150



1.) Top 10 London events
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - English National Ballet - English National Ballet makes a triumphant return to Royal Festival Hall with a thrilling programme of one-act ballets. Etudes is a glamorous celebration of the dancers' daily ballet class, moving from simple stretching at the barre to steps showcasing the virtuosity and bravura which make performances so exciting. David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin returns to English National Ballet’s repertoire. This inventive and fast moving ballet is a passionate rollercoaster of lyrical elegance and sublime beauty, set to Bach’s Concerto No.1 in D minor. The programme is completed by a new piece from Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling. From 2 July until 5 July. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

2 - Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Danielle de Niese / Sally Pryce / Adam Walker - The Australian-born American soprano Danielle de Niese has been captivating audiences since childhood. Renowned for a voice ‘seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals’, she makes her Mostly Mozart debut performing popular and lesser-known operatic gems by Handel and Mozart. Both Adam Walker and Sally Pryce made a tremendous impression as finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Tonight they share the spotlight in one of Mozart’s more unusual duo-concertos for flute and harp. Garry Walker, who combines conducting with a passion for climbing, scales the heights in one of Haydn’s grandest symphonies. 17 July. www.barbican.org.uk

3 - Aganza Afrika - African Art Now - The exhibition brings together major works by 12 artists who best represent the innovative and dynamic artistic practices across the African continent and the African diasporas and launches the book, Angaza Afrika – African Art Now -  a highly visual survey of contemporary African art compiled by Christopher Spring, curator of the African Galleries at The British Museum, and published by Laurence King. Angaza Afrika, translated from the Swahili to mean ‘Shed light on Africa’ or ‘Look around Africa’, is comprehensive in its range. Each work will be a stunning visual and physical manifestation of the artists’ energy and spirit, such as Rachid Koraïchi’s Sufi- inspired  black and white appliqué work and the beautiful work of South African artist Karel Nel, who sets vast leaves from the Coco de Mer palms in atmospheric, elemental architectural spaces. Until 26 July. www.octobergallery.co.uk

4 - Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture - We all live in buildings and wear clothes. Traditionally, fashion and architecture have remained quite distinct. In recent years, however, the two disciplines have become closer than ever before. Since the 1980s, these two worlds have increasingly shared intriguing connections. Sharing materials, design methods and fabrication has inspired radical developments. Discover how over 50 internationally-renowned architects and designers including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Future Systems, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid 'fashion' buildings and 'construct' garments. Until 10 August. www.somersethouse.org.uk

5 - Summer Exhibition 2008 - The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world. Held annually since the Royal Academy’s foundation in 1768, the Summer exhibition is a unique showcase for art of all styles and media, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and architectural models. The majority of works are for sale. An essential part of the London art calendar, the show drew over 150,000 visitors in 2007. Until 17 August. www.royalacademy.org.uk

6 - Richard Rogers + Architects - From the House to the City - One of the most influential British architects of our time, Richard Rogers has established himself and his practice at the forefront of today’s architectural culture through such high-profile projects as the Pompidou Centre, the headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, the Millennium Dome and the National Assembly for Wales. Richard Rogers – From the House to the City presents a detailed survey of Rogers’ work, from the early years with Norman and Wendy Foster and Su Rogers at Team 4 in the 1960s, designing the Pompidou Centre with Renzo Piano in the 1970s, to the establishment of the Richard Rogers Partnership – now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – and numerous projects designed by the practice and built throughout the world over the past three decades. Until 25 August. www.designmuseum.org

7 - Radical Light - Italy's Divisionist Painters 1891-1910 - This exhibition will explore the complex relationship between Italian Divisionism and the emerging Futurist movement in the early years of the 20th century. It is the first of its kind organised outside Italy. Centred in Milan, Divisionism is arguably the most significant art movement to emerge in Italy during the last decades of the 19th century. This exhibition will feature around 60 paintings, including works by the main protagonists of Divisionism: Vittore Grubicy de Dragon, Giovanni Segantini and Gaetano Previati. It will also display works by the Futurist artists Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini. Until 7 September. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

8 - Cy Twombly - Tate Modern presents a major exhibition of works by Cy Twombly, one of the most highly regarded painters working today and a foremost figure among the generation of American artists that includes Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Twombly rose to prominence through a distinctive style characterised by scribbles and vibrantly daubed paint. This is his first solo retrospective in fifteen years, and provides an overview of his work from the 1950s to now. Until 14 September. www.tate.org.uk/modern

9 - Matthew Bourne`s Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde’s gothic fable becomes a darkly seductive dance theatre event from master storyteller Matthew Bourne. Set in the image obsessed world of contemporary art and politics, this “black fairy tale” tells the story of an exceptionally alluring young man who makes a pact with the devil. From 2 September until 14 September. www.sadlerswells.com

10 - Nought to Sixty: An Introduction - Nought to Sixty is an ambitious, fast-moving programme of exhibitions and events that presenting solo projects by sixty emerging British- and Irish-based artists over the course of six months. Nought to Sixty is an ambitious, fast-moving programme of exhibitions and events that - over the course of six months - is presenting solo projects by sixty emerging British- and Irish-based artists. This wide-ranging programme is being held at the ICA from spring until autumn 2008, over which period there will be new events staged every week, building up a multi-faceted portrait of the contemporary art scene in Britain and Ireland. Until 2 November. www.ica.org.uk


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