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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 19 June 2012 Issue No.217



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

1 - Peter Schaufuss Ballet - Sleeping Beauty - Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky's second and most romantic ballet, premiered in St Petersberg in 1890. Since its premiere there have been countless tradtional productions and some modern versions. The traditional emphasis is on dancing and technique; in the modern, psychological interpretation usually comes to the fore, focusing on the struggle between good and evil and a young girl's transition from child to woman. Danish superstar Alban Lendorf dances all performances of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Irek Mukhamedov, once entitled “best dancer in the world”, will be performing alongside the sensational 22-year-old Danish superstar, Alan Lendorf. 24th, 26th and 28th July. www.eno.org

2 - Shining K-Classics - Marking the culmination of the All Eyes on Korea Festival, this unique evening brings to the London stage two of the world's most celebrated classical Korean performers. Sarah Chang (violin) and Sumi Jo (soprano) are joined by the world-famous Philharmonia Orchestra. 31 July. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

3 - Summer Exhibition 2012 - The world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, now in its 244th year, continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. The exhibition begins in the Wohl Central Hall, which this year pays homage to Matisse’s The Red Studio. The vibrant gallery provide a backdrop to a selection of paintings whose main concern is colour. Gallery III, the grandest space in Burlington House, is curated by Tess Jaray RA. Containing a large quantity of smaller paintings, the gallery demonstrates that work of a more modest scale can be as powerful as larger work. As a former teacher at the Slade School of Art, Jaray is mindful of providing a forum for established and younger artists to show their work to the public. Until 12 August. www.royalacademy.org.uk

4 - Bauhaus: Art as Life - The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presents the modern world’s most famous art school. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology the Bauhaus’ utopian vision sought to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Bauhaus: Art as Life explores the diverse artistic production that made up its turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age. Bauhaus: Art as Life will feature a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation. Exemplar works from such Bauhaus Masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stölzl, will be presented alongside works by lesser-known artist Masters and Bauhaus students. Until 12 August. www.barbican.org.uk

5 - Mantegan to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtald Gallery - Spanning over 500 years, the exhibition includes rarely seen drawings by Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo as well as masterpieces by Rembrandt, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Matisse. This exhibition celebrates the art of drawing and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the very greatest works from the Courtauld's collection. www.courtauld.ac.uk

6 - Nigel Kennedy presents: Bach meets Fats Waller - Leap through time with violinist virtuoso Nigel Kennedy in a concert that takes on baroque and jazz, back to back. Kennedy, whose accolades include Outstanding Contribution to British Music and Male Artist of the Year at the UK Brit Awards, has never ceased to surprise audiences with his ingenious programming. He burst onto the scene with his landmark recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling classical work of all time. 15 September. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

7 - Andy Warhol - America’s master of Pop Art silk-screen technique is showcased in England’s oldest gallery. This is the first UK exhibition of works from the Bank of America Collection including 80 works from 13 portfolios from the early 1960s through to the mid-1980s. On display are some of the artist’s most famous images alongside some that are less familiar. Iconic portraits of Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe will hang amongst surprises like 1981’s Myths and 1979’s Space Fruit: Still Lifes, echoing subject matter found in the Gallery’s own permanent collection. These dazzlingly decorative prints, hung densely packed like a Pop Rococo ‘print room’, create a psychedelic feast of colour and image. Until 16 September. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

8 - The Magic Flute - A mercurial mix of fairy-tale adventure, knockabout farce, moral allegory and, above all, marvellous music (including the thrilling Queen of the Night Aria), Mozart’s The Magic Flute was premiered just ten weeks before the composer’s tragically early death. It proved to be the biggest popular success of his short life, as well as arguably the most deeply moving of all his operas. Acclaimed as ‘a well-established jewel of ENO’s repertoire’ (Evening Standard) and ‘one of ENO’s most magical productions’ (The Times), National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner’s spectacular staging has thrilled audiences of all ages since it was first seen in 1988 and now returns – complete with giant serpent, dancing bears and live performing birds – to celebrate its 25th anniversary on the London Coliseum stage. With its panto-style storyline, catchy tunes, broad comedy and profound humanity, The Magic Fluteis the perfect introduction to opera for anyone who has never been before. From 13 September until 18 October. www.eno.org

9 - The Queen Art & Image - To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this landmark exhibition brings together some of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II made during her reign. From formal painted portraits to commissioned photographs and from press images to works by celebrated contemporary artists, the exhibition charts the evolving representation of one of the most portrayed people of all time, and the influence of this imagery on changing perceptions of the monarchy. Exploring the startling range of artistic creativity that the Queen has inspired, the exhibition also reveals the radical changes in portraiture and profound social developments since the 1950s. Featured photographers and artists include Cecil Beaton, Pietro Annigoni, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Lucian Freud, Thomas Struth and Gerhard Richter. Until 21 October. www.npg.org.uk

10 - Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War - Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers of the twentieth century. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but this major new exhibition reveals the less well-known side of Beaton – his work as an official war photographer. Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving, most productive high profile photographer to cover the Second World War. In his distinctive style he captured the impact of war on society in Britain as well as societies on the brink of change throughout the Middle East and the Far East. In later years, Beaton attributed his war photographs as his single most important body of photographic work. Through his photographs, drawings and books as well as his work in theatre and film, this exhibition tells the story of how the war became a personal turning point in Beaton’s career. From 6 September 2012 to 1 January 2013. london.iwm.org.uk


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