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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 14 May 2013 Issue No.225



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

1 - The Great Clasics: Ode to Joy - A spectacular performance of two of Beethoven’s most celebrated works in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. The majestic and powerful 'Emperor' Concerto sets the scene for Beethoven's last completed symphony, a work characterised by an intensity of emotional expression and overpowering energy. The unfolding drama of the first three movements culminates in the celebrated finale – the Ode to Joy. 7 June. www.royalalberthall.com

2 - Swan Lake - Experience a magnificent choreographic kaleidoscope as the Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for this unrivalled dance event. From the lakeside seats to the top of the Hall, this in-the-round production of the world’s favourite ballet combines sensational spectacle, compelling drama and touching intimacy. With international guest artists joining English National Ballet to share the lead roles of Odette / Odile and Prince Siegfried, witness the superb line-up of over 120 performers as 60 swans glide across the arena floor. From 12 June until 23 June. www.royalalberthall.com

3 - The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 - Now in its seventeenth year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012. Until 30 June. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk

4 - Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company — Quimeras - Legendary flamenco guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña returns to Sadler’s Wells with his latest narrative work Quimeras, directed by Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly. Exploring the lure of travel and the dream of people everywhere of finding a better life - and the profound influence that the African continent has had on European culture - Quimeras tells the story of a group of Africans who have come to Spain in search of work. Over a career that spans more than four decades, Peña has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form by mining the richness of its traditions while continuing to be inspired by contemporary culture. With Quimeras, he draws on his own experience of living in Andalusia, a gateway to Europe for many north African immigrants. The result is a marriage of both traditional Spanish and African music and dance, creating a spectacle of virtuoso performances and intimate storytelling which was described as “breathtakingly beautiful” (Daily Telegraph). From 10 July until 13 July. www.sadlerswells.com

5 - David Bowie is - The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades. The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. From 23 March until 28 July. www.vam.ac.uk

6 - Geoffrey Farmer: The Surgeon and the Photographer - Developed over a three-year period, Geoffrey Farmer’s The Surgeon and the Photographer will be shown for the first time in its completed form for its UK premiere. The work consists of hundreds of puppet-like figures, composed of images cut from old books and magazines mounted onto fabric forms, and is accompanied by a new film commission. His work blends the collage and assemblage traditions of Hannah Höch and Robert Rauschenberg, the element of chance employed by John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and an animist perspective from Pacific Northwest Coast cultures. Until 28 July. www.barbican.org.uk

7 - John Armleder: Quicksand - The show was inspired by the presence of many of the artist's works in the collections of Nicolai Frahm and Frank Cohen, and, using them as a starting point, develops multiple dimensions of Armleder's art through his own intervention in both planning and installing the exhibition route. John Armleder has been a key figure on the contemporary art scene since the early 1970s and, despite the fact that critics, younger artists and the market have widely acknowledged his influence, he remains a difficult figure to define or classify within a movement. Until 1 September. http://dairyartcentre.org.uk

8 - Ellen Gallagher: AxME - Ellen Gallagher is one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists to have emerged from North America since the mid-1990s. Her gorgeously intricate and highly imaginative works are realised with a wealth of virtuoso detail and wit. This is her first major solo exhibition in the UK, providing the first ever opportunity to explore an overview of her twenty-year career. Gallagher brings together imagery from myth, nature, art and social history to create complex works in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, relief, collage, print, sculpture, film and animation. The exhibition explores the themes which have emerged and recurred in her practice, from her seminal early canvases through to recent film installations and new bodies of work. Until 1 September. www.tate.org.uk/modern

9 - Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure - Explore the musical pastimes of the 17th-century Netherlands through this exhibition combining the art of Vermeer and his contemporaries with rare musical instruments, songbooks and live music. For the first time the National Gallery’s two paintings by Vermeer, A Young Woman standing at a Virginal and A Young Woman seated at a Virginal are brought together with Vermeer’s Guitar Player, which is currently on exceptional loan from the Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House. Three days a week visitors can experience live performances in the exhibition space by the Academy of Ancient Music, bringing the paintings to life with music of the period. Music was one of the most popular themes in Dutch painting, and carried many diverse associations. In portraits, a musical instrument or songbook might suggest the education or social position of the sitter; in scenes of everyday life, it might act as a metaphor for harmony, or a symbol of transience. The exhibition displays 17th-century virginals (a type of harpsichord), guitars and lutes alongside the paintings to offer unique insights into the painters’ choice of instruments, and the difference between the real instruments and the way in which the painters chose to represent them. From 26 June until 8 September. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

10 - Mexico - A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 - 'Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 – 1940', will examine the intense thirty year period of artistic creativity that took place in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. The turmoil of the revolution between 1910 and 1920 ushered in a period of profound political change in which the arts were placed centre stage. Often referred to as a cultural renaissance, artists were employed by the Ministry of Public Education on ambitious public arts projects designed to promote the principles of the revolution. The exhibition will explore this period both in terms of national and international artists. Work by significant Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, will be placed alongside that of individuals who were affected by their experiences in Mexico. From 6 July until 29 September. www.royalacademy.org.uk


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