Category Archives: Performing Arts

Carmina Burana

I was revisiting an old post of mine about a strange version of Carmen, and discovered that there’s a sequel that is perhaps even more weird: Carmina Burana – as you’ve definitely never seen it before…

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An Afternoon Concert

Yesterday I went to an afternoon concert in which Lucas Jussen played Saint-Saëns 5th Piano Concerto with Het Gelders Orkest. I enjoyed it very much. Also on the program were the orchestral suites of Daphnis et Chloé, but what was … Continue reading

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Is There Life on Mars?

Simply extraordinary…

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Cries From Casement and Penda’s Fen

A long time ago, back in 1973, I heard a play on BBC Radio: Cries from Casement as His Bone are Brought to Dublin. It was an extraordinary experience, and a brilliant realisation of the script. This week I bought … Continue reading

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RIP Lindsay Kemp

Alas, Lindsay Kemp has died. I saw his theatre-piece Flowers (A Pantomime for Jean Genet) in London in the mid 1970s, and was bowled over by it. I’m fairly sure that I saw it on two occasions, one being (I … Continue reading

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Steve Ditko

The Guardian reports today that Steve Ditko has died aged 90. He was one of the great comic book artists. I remember as a boy going round the corner to the newsagents in Walpole Avenue, in Douglas, Isle of Man, … Continue reading

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Dance or Die

A documentary about Ahmad Joudeh. Watch it

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Oh, Bugger…

Victoria Wood has died. The news probably won’t mean much to most of you, but to me she was the laugh-out-loud, singing version of Alan Bennett. A brilliant writer and comedy performer. Beat me on the bottom with a Woman’s … Continue reading

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Into The Woods…

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the forthcoming film version of Into the Woods, the musical by Stephen Sondheim, which would be produced by Disney. I was a bit concerned that, despite a strong cast, the saccharine hand … Continue reading

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Dear God…

…will someone please take the new Guardian web site and its designers far, far away? It’s not an improvement on the old, staid, “newspaper on the web” approach. Here’s a case in point: an article about the great Irish actor … Continue reading

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A Marxist Demolition of “Strictly Come Dancing”

Alexi Sayle is a comedian with Marxist leanings. I like him a lot. The BBC is currently into the twelfth series of its hit show Strictly Come Dancing, which is a dance competition that pairs celebrities with professional dancing partners. … Continue reading

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Indistinguishable From Magic

Arthur C. Clarke once wrote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That’s the thought behind this video: Box. (hat tip: Richard Wiseman)

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A Talent is Lost

The sculptor and designer Graeme Gilmour has died far too early at the age of 48. I never had the privilege of seeing any of his outdoor theatre events, but I treasure my evening in the Amsterdam Schouwburg theatre watching … Continue reading

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Wilson, Kepple, but no Betty

Funny how things can stick in your mind. Impressions from years ago that, even then, were hand-me-downs from your parents and older family members. Things that you would never have experienced firsthand, yet were alive to you. So it is … Continue reading

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Shadowland

We’ve been fans of the dance company “Pilobolus” for more years than I care to remember. In recent years, they’ve begun to use techniques of shadow puppetry in their dances. Judging from this, they’ve got it down to a very … Continue reading

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Litmus Test

Reading the reactions to Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony is something of a litmus test, gauging where the commentator resides on the spectrum from left to right, or from heartfelt to disingenuous. I have to say that I loved it, … Continue reading

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Chroma

I’m not always a fan of modern ballet, but I have to say that I found this performance of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma by the Royal Ballet absolutely stunning.

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All Is Not Lost

The OK Go band + Pilobolus = Amazing Video.

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“Up-to-the-minute 17th Century Technology”

I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the theatrical magic of Frankenstein. I regret that I haven’t made the effort to see earlier broadcasts of NT Live. And one production that I hope will be broadcast for NT Live … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Redux

After last week’s viewing of the NT’s production of Frankenstein, yesterday I saw it again. This time with Jonny Lee Miller in the role of the Creature and with Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein. I think this was the casting … Continue reading

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