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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 13 January 2009 Issue No.164



1.) Top 10 London events
2.) Other Events, Theatre listings, Museums and Galleries
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Turner Prize 2008 - The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. The prize is awarded each year to 'a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding'.   Nominations are invited each year, and the prize is judged by an independent jury that changes annually. The four shortlisted artists present works in a show normally held at Tate Britain before the winner is announced in December. Artists are not judged on their show at Tate. The decision is based on the work they were nominated for. Until 18 January. www.tate.org.uk LAST CHANCE

2 - Jonh Korner - War Problems - War Problems is a new series of sixteen large-scale works, each representing a Danish solider killed in Afghanistan and each bearing a single name - Anders, Mikkel, Thomas, Sonny. Unlike a traditional war artist, Kørner himself has not visited Afghanistan nor witnessed first hand how the sixteen soldiers lived and died. From the outset, his intention was to create an image of a dead Danish soldier that was independent of insider knowledge or a result of investigative research. Kørner’s signature use of watered-down acrylics, bleeding brushwork and intense colours is seemingly at odds with emotive and often disturbing scenes of war. Until 24 January. www.victoria-miro.com LAST CHANCE

3 - Xavier Le Roy - French choreographer Xavier Le Roy defies categorisation as a dance-maker, drawing on diverse influences from the worlds of science, performance art and contemporary dance. Here he presents two pieces over two consecutive weekends. The first, Self Unfinished (1998), takes the audience on a journey of metamorphosis as Xavier Le Roy transforms into an extraordinary hybrid creature – part machine, part alien, part human. Employing all manner of physical devices, Le Roy creates a world of illusion that is as unsettling as it is transfixing. Created in 2007, Le Sacre du Printemps is inspired by a documentary of the Berlin Philharmonic during rehearsal. Fascinated by the functions of the conductor's movements, Xavier Le Roy created a piece in which a range of the conductor’s actions are painstakingly recreated on a bare stage, to a recorded soundtrack. The audience, seated in a surround-sound environment, in turn becomes a helpless, instrument-less orchestra. From 16 January until 24 January. www.sadlerswells.com

4 - Hans-Peter Feldmann - Hans`s measured and witty method of assembling found objects and imagery from everyday life has extended artistic communication beyond the traditional practice. Since the 1970’s he has played an influential role for many of his peers and has been a prominent figure for a younger generation. Throughout his work Feldmann demonstrates a particular awareness and sensitivity to the notion of time. One such example is the Time Series, in which Feldmann takes 36 shots (a roll of film) in quick succession so as to comprehend the passage of time. The resulting series of black and white photos range from; traffic at a street corner, a woman cleaning her window, to a boat slowly floating down the river Rhine, all of which identify poetry in the mundane situations of everyday life. Until 31 January. www.simonleegallery.com

5 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from 6,758 submissions entered by 2,575 photographers from around the world. Until 15 February. www.npg.org.uk

6 - Carmen - From the very first note of the much-loved overture to the final tragic chords, the very essence of Spain is brought to life in this acclaimed in-the-round production of the world's most popular opera. The dusty atmosphere of the town square, the cool night air of the smugglers' mountain hideout and the festivities outside the bullring in Seville are all vividly recreated in this powerful tale of lust, superstition and murder slowly unravelling with fatal consequences. Carmen, a fiery gypsy girl, is arrested for attacking a fellow worker in the cigarette factory but manages to persuade her guard, Don José, to release her on the promise of love. Never satisfied with the love of one man alone, Carmen quickly casts aside the hapless Don José in favour of the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by passion and jealousy, Don José pursues Carmen back to Seville leading to the inevitable and tragic conclusion. From 26 February until 8 March. Buy tickets

7 - RPO presents Symphonic Rock - Experience the thrilling sound of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing awesome rock and pop melodies with a spectacular light show! Look back and reminisce with classic rock anthems by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf. Plus popular chart hits by U2, Oasis, Coldplay, Stereophonics … and many more! 3 April. www.royalalberthall.com

8 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year - The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition finds the very best wildlife images taken by the world’s top professional and amateur photographers. Now in its 44th year, the most innovative and imaginative photographic images have been judged and selected by a panel of experts and will be on view until 26 April. www.nhm.ac.uk

9 - Roni Horn aka Roni Horn - This exhibition, the most significant overview of American artist Roni Horn's practice to date, will show her earliest works from the mid-1970s alongside pieces from the intervening years and new sculptures. Horn has always defined the meaning of her work as the experience that the viewer has with it. In the 1980s she made pairs of copper objects and showed them in different relationships, for instance in two separate rooms. Unable to see both objects simultaneously, the viewer remembers one when encountering the next. Many of Horn's works feature paired elements which might be similar or identical although the viewer's experience of each is unique. From 25 February until 25 May. www.tate.org.uk/modern

10 - Beating Retreat 2009 - a Floodlit Military Music Spectacular - The Mounted Bands of The Life Guards and Blues and Royals, the Bands of the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards with the Corps of Drums of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and Irish Guards. June 3 & 4. Buy tickets


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