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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 18 November 2008 Issue No.160



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

1 - Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Lozano-Hemmer's work uses highly sophisticated technology to embody complex and poetic ideas about public space, surveillance, architecture, audience interaction and performance. Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide what he has described as 'temporary anti-monuments for alien agency’. At Haunch of Venison the artist will show a selection of recent works, including a new installation developed specifically for the exhibition. Until 29 November. www.haunchofvenison.com

2 - Monkey: Journey To the West - Monkey: Journey to the West is a new opera for the 21st century, directed by the world renowned Chen Shi-Zheng, with music composed by Gorillaz award-winning mastermind Damon Albarn, and design and animation by Jamie Hewlett based on the ancient Chinese legend of spiritual enlightenment. This reworked version is a dazzling spectacle involving nearly 40 circus acrobats, martial artists and singers from China with an orchestra of Western and traditional Chinese instruments. Monkey, headstrong, self-important hero of the story, is hatched from a stone egg on the Mountain of Flower and Fruit. After crossing the all-powerful Buddha, Monkey is given the opportunity to redeem himself by travelling to India with the young monk Tripitaka to bring the Holy Scriptures back to China. Until 5 December. Buy tickets

3 - Daria Martin - Maureen Paley presents Daria Martin’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Her most recently completed film, Harpstrings & Lava, is screened in the ground floor gallery, accompanied by a series of related works on paper. Harpstrings & Lava focuses on the performances of the actor Nina Fog and the musician and composer Zeena Parkins, both Martin’s long-term collaborators. The two protagonists inhabit separate fictional worlds; Fog, as a feral, child-like character, is enclosed in a darkened space littered with rustling detritus, whilst Parkins, as alchemist, plays both the electric and the acoustic harp in an arcaded set bathed in golden light. As the camera closely follows the performers’ actions and moves between the two environments, oppositions between light and dark, and order and chaos are established and questioned. Until 7 December. www.maureenpaley.com

4 - White Christmas - Christmas glitz and Yuletide nostalgia in a wonderful show of all-time favourites. From Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire . . .to Silent Night . . . Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas . . . Just like the ones we used to know! From 13 December until 21 December. www.royalalberthall.com

5 - Francis Bacon - An exhibition of the work of Francis Bacon (1909-1992) opening in September 2008 at Tate Britain will be a major celebration heralding the artist’s centenary in 2009. As the first UK retrospective since 1985, it will afford a re-assessment of his work in the light of the new research that has emerged since the revelation of his studio and its contents following the artist’s death. Comprising around 60 works and covering the artist’s career, the exhibition will bring together the most important works from each period of his life. It will be the largest display to date to examine Bacon’s sources, processes and thoughts. Until 4 January. www.tate.org.uk

6 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - With Daniele Gatti conductor. Programme includes Gustav Mahler Symphony No.9. Mahler put his whole life and philosophy into his music, creating enormous and extraordinary symphonic canvases that attempt to encompass the whole of human experience. He composed most of the Ninth, his last completed symphony, in 1909, and although some of the music is undoubtedly valedictory, its beautiful adagio finale transfigures earlier material into a passionate and life-affirming orchestral hymn. 14 January. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

7 - Edward Scissorhands - Matthew Bourne and New Adventures are back with their latest creation: a magical new adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture Edward Scissorhands. A Christmas treat for all the family, this touching and witty gothic fairytale tells the story of a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within. Matthew will be teaming up with set designer Lez Brotherston and composer Terry Davies, who will take the original film score by Danny Elfman and adapt it especially for the stage. From 3 December until 17 January. Buy tickets

8 - Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian - For the first time ever, this exhibition will trace the development of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century portrait painting, in both northern and southern Europe side by side. 'Renaissance Faces' will feature many of the great masters of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Holbein, Cranach, Van Eyck and Dürer. The exhibition will comprise around seventy paintings, along with medals, sculptures, drawings and engravings. 'Renaissance Faces' will explore issues of likeness, memory and identity, examining portraits which were commissioned in connection with courtship, friendship and marriage – including self-portraits of artists themselves. Until 18 January. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

9 - Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from The Courtauld - This exhibition will be the first full display of The Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). The works span the artist’s career from important early landscapes made when he was a teenager, to the highly finished watercolours and his celebrated expressive late works. The works form The Courtauld Gallery will be supplemented by closely related loans from Tate and private collections, enabling viewers to see the development of some compositions from early sketches and exploratory ‘colour beginnings’ to finished watercolours and published prints. Until 25 January. www.courtauld.ac.uk

10 - Byzantium 330-1453 - This ambitious exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, provides a grand-scale survey of 1,000 years of history. Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, 'Byzantium 330–1453' incorporates over 300 objects. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before. The exhibition includes great works from the San Marco Treasury in Venice and rare items from collections across Europe, the USA, Russia, Ukraine and Egypt. Until 22 March. www.royalacademy.org.uk


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