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“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and thrn creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today. Working with top international museums and galleries, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN create films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN have released 16 films which have been shown in over 50 countries across the globe and over one million seats have been sold! This is a wonderful resource for audiences worldwide – from Caracas to Cape Town, Berlin to Brisbane. Ticket cost £13. I'm sitting at D5. Please book the 7pm showing https://www.myvue.com/cinema/islington/event/eos-van-gogh--japan/times See you there :-)
A decade on from when Chilean dancer Natalia García Huidobro established the contemporary flamenco company La Típica here in London, ‘Desde el Silencio’ returns to the stage. A journey through moments of intimacy: loneliness, parting of ways, joy, transformations and the crucial moments that help us find our true selves. We, the audience, are invited to reflect on these intimacies and on the truth that can be found in silence. Music and choreography interact and evolve organically together: both sung and spoken word express the beauty of flamenco poetry, creating a rhythmic dialogue with the dancer. Performers will be: Natalia García Huidobro (dance) Pablo Dominguez (guitar) Carlos Lobo (voice) Demi García Sabat (percussion) Desde el Silencio 10 years ago on Youtube: http://bit.ly/2P0SLHo Tickets cost £14 and are available on the Tuned In London website: http://bit.ly/1WZfz9j. The show will take place on the Main Stage at Sands Films, which is up a flight of stairs (sorry, no lift...). Sands Films, as some of us know well, is housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. A ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away, or at The Ship Pub, a few more cobblestones away. Sands Films is an inspiringly intimate place to hear fabulous music.
Ahem, let's do something slightly different :-). The dark, the twisted, the sensual and the obscene. The Embers Collective present an evening of fairytales simply not fit for children. An evening of F*cked Up Fairytales... Doors 7:00pm, show starts 7:30pm. Tickets £8/£10 in advance. https://tickets.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/something-a-little-different-events/fcked-up-fairytales?fbclid=IwAR2-DOCDU0BXQCKUqIkwMojm7Zca8Sxon6KEFwYFs0cT5GJ7tK7HPTVsAGA See you there :-)
When a shipwreck tears a family apart, twins Sebastian and Viola seek refuge in a new land. Filled with unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with subtle poetry, expressed through some of Shakespeare’s most exquisite songs. Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble present a trio of plays exploring the themes of refuge and displacement, performed as a touring production would have been staged in the 17th century, with a stripped back set and a small, versatile troupe of actors. Taking on multiple roles across all three plays, our talented international cast will unravel these timeless tales of those who have crossed seas and lost their families, are seeking new homes, and finding out what belonging truly means to them. Tickets cost £5 (standing) or from £20 (seated). Please be aware that the standing tickets are in the centre of the Globe theatre and there's no roof. If it rains, you'll get wet... I've of course bought a standing ticket for me :-) https://basket.shakespearesglobe.com/8587/8765 See you there :-)