interesting events


  • Some events that I – and I hope others – consider at the least very entertaining and/or interesting, and maybe also important.

  • Some of these recommendations and/or suggestions are perhaps for an audience with an interest in the art form, others are I think of almost universal appeal: for example, Herve Goffings, Kazuko Hohki, and I insist (well, almost) that everyone goes to see Yohangza Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s (mostly) in Korean, but that won’t be a problem – see the links.

  • ***** Ballet Black at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London UK: Wednesday 29 February, Thursday 1, Friday 2, Saturday 3, Monday 5, Tuesday 6 March 2012 at 20:00 each evening (the Ballet Black website shows a performance on  Wednesday 7 March which isn’t shown on the Royal Opera House website) http://www.balletblack.co.uk/performances.html (which also has details of other performances in the UK

     http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=17971


  • ***** Herve Goffings – Monday 25 June 2012 at 19:30 at Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, North London.

    (Prior to performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 in August.)

    Monday 25 June at 7:30pm The Old Red Lion Theatre presents HERVÉ

    Performed by Hervé Goffings, written and directed by Michael Birch. Performing here prior to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a highly entertaining and original piece, a busker of French African descent tells the extraordinary story of his adoption by an unconventional white Belgian couple. Hervé takes the audience on a journey from Africa to Belgium, Cuba to Paris, Chile to Argentina, the Paris riots of ’68 and the Cuban revolution. A black comedy in more ways than one. “Excellent one-man show, wonderful acting and dancing, worth seeing both as education and entertainment.” (Malianstars)

    ***** Herve Goffings – Friday 9 March at 19:30 at Rosemary Branch Theatre in North London. (This event is in the past.)

    “A collection of songs, dances and stories … a busker of French African descent tells the extraordinary story of his adoption by an unconventional white Belgian couple …”

    I saw Herve Goffings perform this in August 2011, and thanks to a tweet from the talented and enterprising @Vera_Chok saw it again at Tara Arts in January 2012. I’d very much like to see it yet again, so I will very probably be at the Rosemary Branch Theatre on 9 March. (Update: I was!)

    Another quote from the Rosemary Branch website: “there wasn’t a dull moment, very funny and very sad, hugely thought provoking”.

    Which I very much endorse, and add to with: a very entertaining and very important show.

    Update: that performance is now in the past – I went, and was very glad I saw the piece a third time – but watch out for other performances.


  • ***** Fournier Trio – Tuesday 27 March 2012 at 13:05 Bishopsgate Institute
    (near Liverpool Street Station, London UK)

    a free concert with optional donation afterwards http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events_detail.aspx?ID=154

    Fournier Piano Trio:
    Sulki Yu (violin)
    Pei-Jee Ng (cello)
    Chiao-Ying Chang (piano)

    Faure – Trio in D minor Op. 120
    Bridge – Romance (from Miniatures)
    Brahms – Trio No. 2 in C Op. 87

    Formed in 2009, the Fournier Piano Trio is in its second year as Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. They made their critically-acclaimed Purcell Room debut as part of the 2011 PLG New Year Series and are winners of a Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Recital Award and a Tunnell Trust Award. Recent performances include recitals at the Purcell Room, St James Piccadilly and Holywell Room in the UK, and abroad in Germany, France and Holland.

    This concert is part of the Young Artists Series showcasing new and emerging talent in the world of classical music. The series is presented in partnership with City Music Society.

    Further information: Telephone 020 7392 9200


  • ***** Kazuko Hohki at Camden Peoples Theatre on Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 March 2012 at 19:30 each evening

    and also at University College Hospital

    click this link for the eflyer

    Incontinental in the Sprint Festival

    From the Sprint Festival website:

    Kazuko and company invite you to an incontinental cabaret of stories, situations, song, science and a spot of ballroom dancing, exploring everyday control and what it means to lose it.

    Incontinental is the new show from the multiple award-winning Kazuko Hohki, created in partnership with Prof Alastair Forbes and the Gastroenterology team at University College Hospital London.


  • ***** Freddie Opoku-Addaie on a triple-bill  at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London UK

    Thursday 29, Friday 30, Saturday 31 March 2012 at 19:45 each evening http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=18821

    A few months ago I saw a “work in progress” performance of part of Freddie’s piece at The Place: it looked good, and I’ll be seeing the finished piece this Friday. (But I ought to add that I trust Freddie’s work, and I’d be at the Linbury on Friday even if I hadn’t liked the “work in progress” performance.)

    * a short video of short extracts from “Silence Speaks Volumes”, which is not being performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre but which does give an idea of the very high quality of Freddie’s choreography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2KGlWefpYM

    * an interesting interview by Donald Hutera: http://danceumbrella.co.uk/page/3133/Freddie+Opoku-Addaie


  • Aeolus Quartet – Friday 30 March 2012 at lunchtime 13:00 at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London

    • Programme
    • Beethoven – String Quartet in F minor Op 95 “Serioso”
    • Bartok – his tough (for players and audience) 4th string quartet

    I’ve just (Thursday 29 March, morning) heard the Aeolus Quartet play these quartets in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. They played the Mozart Dissonance quartet well, and their performance of Bartok’s 4th quartet was one of the best I’ve heard. So I recommend this lunchtime concert to anyone near(ish) to Trafalgar square at Friday lunchtime, and I intend to get there in time to re-hear them play Bartok’s quartet. (The order of playng is Beethoven, then Bartok.)

    Their playing is very clear: for example, I could hear everything that was happening in the first movement. And they convey the spirit of Bartok very well.

    • Aeolus Quartet website
    • some nice reviews by a class of fourth graders which the quartet have posted on their website
    • 2012 London International String Quartet Competition information about the Aeolus Quartet
    • St Martin-in-the Fields information

      Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States, and performed across the world with performances ‘…worthy of a major-league quartet…’ (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News).

      Luke Quinton of the Austin-American Statesman writes, ‘The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.’

      … The Quartet is named after the Greek god Aeolus, the keeper of the four winds. He is known for welcoming Odysseus and his crew with music during their journey back to Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.

  • * Stranger than Fiction – the art of improvisation in performance

    I haven’t seen this, but from the listing in Time Out and on the no.w.here website it looks interesting, albeit possibly (probably?) for a selective audience.

    Time Out listing: Monthly event celebrating the art of improvisation in performance. An eclectic mix of artists draw on dance, music, comedy and storytelling to create unique spontaneous performances.

    I did try to find something about it on the Siobhan Davies Studio events listing, but it doesn’t seem to be there.

    * But this event at the Siobhan Davies Studios is listed and also looks interesting: Friday 13 April from 9.30am to 5pm:

    How to make dance work in a gallery?

    Hosted by Franck Bordese from Siobhan Davies Dance

    • Why would you want to show dance/performance as an exhibition in your gallery?
    • As a dance artist how do you make the first move?
    • As a curator how do you find out about these dance artists’ work?

    Since the ’60s we have become used to performance in galleries. But generally it happens as events, something of a one-off, not as an exhibition per se. More recently choreographers and curators have started developing collaborations that have resulted in choreographed exhibitions such as Une Exposition Chorégraphiée (2008) by curator Mathieu Copeland or The Collection, 2009 by Siobhan Davies Dance. We now want to discuss and share our interest in making and presenting a new form of dance that can only be presented and seen at close range in a gallery-like context.

    • two evenings of film, text, movement, sound and dance.
    • Sunday 1 April at no.w.here, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG
    • Sunday 22 April at Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ

    I haven’t seen this either: again, from the listing in Time Out and on the no.w.here website it looks interesting, albeit possibly (probably?) for a selective audience.

    Time Out listing

    An evening of film, text, movement, sound and dance. Includes a sound and movement piece by Lisa Fannen.

    details from no.w.here.org listing

    THIS TIME

    2 evenings of film, text, sound, movement, dance and conversation


  • ***** Conlon Nancarrow – works for player piano at Southbank Centre

    several concerts/performances on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April

    The earlier pieces are a bit like hyper boogie-woogie. The later pieces are more complicated.

    Wikipedia article: … Ligeti described the music of Conlon Nancarrow as “the greatest discovery since Webern and Ives… something great and important for all music history! His music is so utterly original, enjoyable, perfectly constructed, but at the same time emotional…for me it’s the best music of any composer living today.” …


  • ***** Yohangza Theatre Company at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London UK

    Monday 30 April, Tuesday 1 May 2012 at 19:30 each evening http://globetoglobe.shakespearesglobe.com/plays/midsummer-nights-dream/english-24

    * 2012 information and a special offer for readers of LondonKoreanLinks.net, so click on that link to become a LKL reader!

    … Yohangza means ‘voyager’, and this groundbreaking company has travelled all over the world since its inception in 1997. Their performance combines music, mime, song and dance to create an exhilarating adaptation of Shakespeare’s inventive and glittering comedy. Focusing on the story of the four mortal lovers and the spirits of the east Asian forest, Shakespeare’s characters burst onto the stage with a fresh, eastern vibrancy. …

    * a koreanclassmassive.blogspot.com post on the 2012 performances including a link to a YouTube video from 2009

    * a shorter YouTube video from 2007

    * I first saw this production in Edinburgh in 2005 (in fact I saw it three times there), and then twice more in 2006, once at the Barbican Arts Centre London and then at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol. I will be going to see it again, and I like the idea of doing so on 1.May. This link is to what Philip Gowman (of LondonKoreanLinks.net) and I wrote in 2006: http://londonkoreanlinks.net/tag/yohangza-theatre-company/

    * from the Barbican Arts Centre publicity in 2006, which – amazingly – is still on their website at http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=3655 and there are still some pictures of the 2006 production at that link.

    … It’s a midsummer’s night and the mischievous Dokkebi (Korean goblins), who love dancing and singing, are having a big party. In this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the award-winning Yohangza Theatre Company the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, reverse roles. Bottom is a country woman searching for Sansam, very rare hundred-year-old ginseng, and Puck splits into twins. The tangled tale of four lovers is spun out through a fresh mix of dance, voice, percussion, and performances bursting with mischief and boundless energy. This hilarious, fun-packed 2005 Edinburgh hit will delight and captivated both adults and children alike.

    * more information on the Korean Cultural Centre website

    * another review of the 2006 Barbican performances with links to an interview and a review of the Bristol performances

    * reviews of a 2007 performance and a 2010 performance, both in Australia


  • ***** Spira Mirabilis at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London UK

    Friday 25 May 2012 at 19:30: Beethoven – Symphony Number 5 in C minor

    Saturday 26 May 2012 at 19:30: Beethoven: Symphony Number 6 in F Major (Pastoral)

    with a pre-concert talk at 18:15 before the Saturday performance.

    According to the South Bank Centre links: “There are opportunities to witness open rehearsals earlier in the day. Details to be announced.” From my experience of their performance of Beethoven’s Symphony Number 3 (Erocia) in 2010 these concerts and the open rehearsals will be unmissable.

    A link to a Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jun/12/critics-notebook-tom-service

    Their website is here: http://www.spiramirabilis.com/en/home.aspx with some information (including reviews) on the Eroica from 2010 here.

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About Colin Bartlett

I'm interested in arts, mathematics, science. Suliram is a partial conflation of the names of three good actors: Ira Aldridge, Anna May Wong, and another. My intention is to use a personal experience of arts to make some points, but without being too "me me me" about it. And to follow Strunk's Elements of Style. Except that I won't always "be definite": I prefer Niels Bohr's precept that you shouldn't write clearer than you think.
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