Seeing the passion in Flamenco

 

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At Sadlers Wells

I have been fortunate recently to be able to attend a variety of performances at the Sadlers Wells Theatre. A natural lover of ballet meant attending a ‘Flamenco Festival London’ performance at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, was totally out of my comfort zone. As my mantra is to learn something new every day, this was an opportunity not to be turned down.

Wow, what an experience. Israel Galván, FLA.Co.Men with musicians and singers performed for 90minutes with such passion, rhythm and skill, it took my breadth away. I felt I was being given a glimpse of Spanish life, emotions, humour and in particular their connection and love of music.   The sounds of Israel’s steps on the stage had long lasting impact.

For me Sadlers Wells has become my Tate Modern of dance and performance in London.

Learning something new every day.

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At the National Theatre London.

When you get to a point you are feeling you are stuck at a red light in life or career, my advice is always ‘Get Out There, see what might turn up, learn something new and if possible make someone smile’.

I am still buzzing, following an amazing weekend. I was searching the National Theatre Website and I came across a play ‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen. The powerful promotional image encouraged me to want to book a ticket.

I will have to admit Ibsen did not initially draw me, it was the image of Ruth Wilson and the feeling this was a story worth investigating.

Wow, this is a play worth seeing. The cast are amazing and in particular Ruth Wilson who plays Hedda. This is not highbrow; this is a new version by Patrick Marber who also wrote the screenplay ‘ notes on a scandal’. What is great about the National Theatre is, although this play is sold out, the National provides other opportunities to access a few tickets, all explained online and also will be screening this show at Cinemas on the 9th March. So it will be possible to see it.

What have I learnt today? Well, I have to keep an eye on work by Patrick Marber, performances with Ruth Wilson and that Ibsen was Norwegian, born in 1928 and he also wrote a Dolls House.

I purchased a ‘Big Issue’ and this did make both the seller and myself smile.

Going with the tide.

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A Sand sculpture created at the London SouthBank Sat 11 Feb (artist unknown).

Looking for a pick me up on a grey and rainy day? I really recommend a trip to the South Bank, a stroll along the parade with the galleries and London Views, but in particular look out for the pop up surprises. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to find out the name of the artist who created this sand sculpture, but it made me think, prompted discussion and disappeared with the tide.

This sand sculpture along with a few others appear and disappear with the tide.

Is it all about money?

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A very small glimpse of a work by Michael Dean and which was on display at the Tate Britain Turner Prize 2016

In a world where everyone is driven by money Michael Dean’s exhibit in the Turner Prize 2016 exhibition at the Tate Britain last week was very powerful and thought provoking. As one of the shortlisted artists, his work had great impact, igniting discussion about the poverty line, money and its meaning. Although the exhibition has now closed, the image of coins initially totalling twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds (associated with a family and the poverty line) but presented minus one penny has still stuck with me. A visual reminder of money, the poverty line and questions about the future. I will be looking out for other work by Michael Dean and ensuring the Turner Prize 2017 is on my calendar for next year.

 

Pause for thought in Bermondsey

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Anselm Kiefer ‘Walhalla‘, White Cube Bermondsey

Begin your 2017 cultural journey with a trip to the White Cube, Bermondsey exhibition space and experience ‘Walhalla’ an Anselm Kiefer exhibition. It’s amazing, thought provoking and intriguing. The exhibition provides so much to see and talk about, that there is no doubt you will want to utilise one of the many eating and drinking venues on offer in the area. A coffee, a further read of the exhibition handout and a deep and meaningful pause for thought wrapped up my 2017 cultural day.

Art Inside and Out

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A visit to the Tate Modern is never disappointing and is a place I always recommend if you need a pick me up. What’s great about this venue is it seems to have removed the snobbery of art or at least hidden it and made the arts a more inclusive experience. There are free and charged exhibitions and at any point you can look out the window and be mesmerized by the London skyline.

Rauschenberg at the Tate is my choice for today, as not only am I a fan of his work following an exhibition I saw at the Tate in the 1980’s but I am also intrigued by his inspiration and travels.

Rauschenberg at Tate Modern

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