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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 17 May 2011 Issue No.205



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

1 - Spartacus Chetwynd - Odd Man Out - Spartacus Chetwynd presents Odd Man Out, a play that runs for five hours every Thursday and Saturday this May. The performance hopes to enliven bored Londoners. The five-hour performances revolve around ideas of democracy, the right to vote and the disincentives against engaging in politics. Giant photocopies work as barriers to divide the gallery into alternative routes, with voting booths at the start of the exhibition leading through to different performances. Be careful who you vote for in Odd Man Out as your vote has a literal effect on the outcome of your circumstance. Until 4 June. www.sadiecoles.com

2 - Sylvie Guillem Evening - The evening features works by three of today's most important choreographers: a new solo by Mats Ek, a new duet by William Forsythe (created especially for Guillem and Paris Opera Ballet star Nicolas Le Riche), and a film by Jiří Kylián, which is followed by a duet from his work 27'52''. From 5 July until 9 July. www.sadlerswells.com

3 - Kerry Tribe: Dead Star Light - This May, Camden Arts Centre presents a solo exhibition by American artist and filmmaker Kerry Tribe. Her large-scale projects in film, video and sound form an on-going investigation into memory, subjectivity and doubt. For this exhibition, Tribe shows her new body of work Dead Star Light, commissioned as part of the 3 Series - a collaboration between Camden Arts Centre, London, Arnolfini, Bristol and Modern Art Oxford, alongside other existing works. It runs at Camden Arts Centre until 10 July. Dead Star Light is comprised of three works which continue Tribe’s study of memory and it’s opposite, forgetting. Each work structurally engages with a different technology in innovative ways: 16mm film (Parnassius Mnemosyne); reel-to-reel audio (Milton Torres Sees a Ghost); and video (The Last Soviet), all 2010. The works relate to questions of personal and historic memory and share common themes of erasure, flight, portraiture and the role of the viewer. www.camdenartscentre.org

4 - The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 - The exhibition gathers together for the first time many of the greatest masterpieces of Victorian painting along with sculpture, design, furniture, architecture, fashion and literature. It includes iconic work by Burne-Jones, Whistler, Leighton, Rossetti, William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde. Until 17 July. www.vam.ac.uk

5 - Tosca - Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular Tosca returns to The Royal Opera with two fabulous casts. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Martina Serafin, Marcello Giordano and Juha Uusitalo. The Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are under the batons of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera, and Paul Wynne Griffiths for a score that includes such great set pieces as the Act I ‘Te Deum’, ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Jonathan Kent’s detailed production draws to the full on the historical backdrop of Rome in 1800, a political world of control and suspicion, beautifully evoked in Paul Brown’s lavish designs. The pageantry of church ritual, the darkness of a brooding study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of the light of a Roman dawn – all throw into relief the love of the beautiful diva Tosca, the idealism of her lover Cavaradossi and the deadly, destructive obsession of the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia. Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one opera's great nights out. From 7 June until 17 July. www.roh.org.uk

6 - Placido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu - Plácido Domingo earned his place in opera’s history books with a stellar career spanning some fifty years. As an artist in his own right and as a member of The Three Tenors, he became one of the most revered names in classical music, winning countless accolades including nine Grammy Awards. Right from the beginning, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s calling as a global superstar was assured, and she has established herself as a brilliantly agile vocalist whose performances command attention from the very first note, with an enviable roll-call of lead roles in appearances at the world’s major opera venues and a string of best-selling recordings. 29 July. www.theo2.co.uk

7 - Watercolour - Tate Britain presents a fresh assessment of the history of watercolour painting in Britain from its emergence in the Middle Ages through to the present day. This major exhibition shows around 200 works including pieces by historic artists such as William Blake, Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner, through to modern and contemporary artists including Patrick Heron, Peter Doig and Tracey Emin. Drawing out a grand history which traces the origins of watercolour back to medieval illuminated manuscripts, the exhibition reassess the commonly held belief that the medium first flourished during a ‘golden age’ of British watercolour, from roughly 1750-1850. It reveals an older tradition evident in manuscripts, topography and miniatures. It also challenges the notion that watercolour is singularly British by showing some key watercolours from continental Europe which influenced British artists, such as Jacques Le Moyne, Anthony van Dyck and Wenceslaus Hollar. Until 26 August. www.tate.org.uk

8 - Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want - Love is What You Want, a major survey of one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary artists. Covering every period of her career, the exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video and sculpture. Seldom-seen early works and recent large-scale installations are shown together with new outdoor sculptures created especially for the Hayward Gallery. From 18 May until 29 August. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

9 - London Street Photography - Street photographs are at the heart of our understanding of London as a diverse and dynamic capital. They are characterised by an element of chance - a fortunate encounter, a fleeting expression, a momentary juxtaposition, capturing an ever-changing city. This major new exhibition at the Museum of London showcases an extraordinary collection of London street photography with over 200 candid images of everyday life in the street. From sepia-toned scenes of horse-drawn cabs taken on bulky tripod-mounted cameras to 21st century Londoners digitally ‘caught on film’, explore how street photography has evolved from 1860 to the present day. Examine the relationship between photographers, London’s streets and the people who live on them, and reflect on the place of photography on London’s streets today as anti-terrorism and privacy laws grow ever tighter. Until 4 September. www.museumoflondon.org.uk

10 - Dutch Landscapes - This exhibition brings together 42 remarkable works from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch painting, including landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp and Meyndert Hobbema. The fine detail and meticulous finish of Dutch landscapes appealed to British taste. The ability of Netherlandish artists to depict mood and emotion through the landscape of their homeland or the Italian countryside influenced the great British painters John Constable and JMW Turner. On seeing a seascape by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Turner remarked, ‘Ah! That made me a painter’. Until 9 October. www.royalcollection.org.uk


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