"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August
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Saturday 21 July 2012
'My work is my studio... my work is walking from place to place'
Saturday 14 July 2012
Smart and funny, the mishaps of an expat poet in Madrid expose the artistic ego
Friday 13 July 2012
This week I've been eating... raw lasagne
Thursday 12 July 2012
Programmes were not distributed until after the show, but you were handed a single sheet of white paper, blank except for one typed word – mine, somewhat dispiritingly, was "sock" – as you made your way into the Purcell Room for this European premiere of a short play by Don DeLillo.
Tuesday 03 July 2012
I recently attended a presentation about non-Georgians' perceptions of Georgia. Essentially, we're talking copious drinking, banquets, war, hospitality and Stalin. It's probably a fair summation of what most in the UK know, or think they know, about the country. Now Dalkey Archive Press has attempted to widen our perspective, publishing an anthology of contemporary stories by 20 distinguished Georgian writers. Georgians are proud of their literature – but how many writers can you name?
Tuesday 05 June 2012
Fiona Rae describes her love of painting thus: "You get to invent a world and you get to be in charge of what happens in that world. And you don't really get to do that in life, do you?" She smiles at the camera and continues to work on the lilac space around a pink Hallmark-esque heart, superimposed on the canvas. A lime-green thread appears, faintly, under her brush.
Friday 20 April 2012
William Forsythe’s Artifact is self-conscious and self-aware, a ballet about being a ballet. As dancers run through patterns or wind themselves into fractured duets, curtains descend with a thump or speakers try to pin down an act of memory. The Royal Ballet of Flanders could be tauter in Forsythe’s patterns, but push confidently through his games.
Sunday 08 April 2012
Of interest to students of art and deltiologists (collectors of postcards) alike, Jeremy Cooper's extensively illustrated book provides the first critical study of the place of the humble postcard in the history of art.
Friday 24 February 2012
I'm all for cats at the opera – a fuzzy feline will always raise a smile. But isn't there something alarming about it when a mermaid meets one? We all know what cats do to fish. It looks as if that might happen to the unfortunate Rusalka, the eponymous heroine of Dvorak's post-Wagnerian take on The Little Mermaid, in the opera's first-ever production at the Royal Opera House.
The Tales of Hoffmann, Coliseum, London
Thelma, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Sunday 19 February 2012
Crying, talking, sleeping, walking, living dolls
Sunday 12 February 2012
Not enough story to tell – how very postmodern
Tuesday 03 January 2012
Edinburgh's 122-year-old institution has had a 21st-century renovation
Wednesday 28 December 2011
Richard Serra reveals the inspiration behind his 80ft landmark to Jay Merrick
Friday 23 December 2011
Ghost stories are as much a part of Christmas as freezing fog and fortified wine. While not as well-known as masters of the genre such as MR James or Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen's remain among the most brilliant and disquieting tales of the supernatural.
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