Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Shines a Light on Migration

Europe is in a bit of a state. As the UK triggers Article 50, and the populists stir up anxieties about national identity, our leaders debate the very future of the EU. In this environment, maintaining a cultural dialogue is critical and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam does not shy away, presenting a series of five exhibitions in 2017 that speak directly to the theme of migration. In a recent interview for De Volkskrant, the Stedelijk’s director, Beatrix Ruf said “It is … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate It! World Poetry Day

“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.” United Nations. This statement is as relevant now as it’s ever been. Reminding people of our shared humanity is an urgent task, an essential response to the political debates taking place in Europe (and the world). We’ll … Continue reading

C!RCA – What Will Have Been

Circa is Australia’s leading contemporary circus, and under director Yaron Lifschitz, their award-winning works have been seen in 34 countries across six continents. They are currently touring three different shows across Europe and after last night’s terrific What Will Have Been, at Trafo, I wish I could see them all. Early on we are treated to a stunning display of vertical rope work by Lauren Herley, whose contortionist skills were on full display. Whether leaping from the top of the … Continue reading

Infinita

The enchanting, joyful, Infinita by Berlin based, Familie Flöz provided another dose of cultural delight, courtesy of the Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival. Infinita is about the beginning and end of things. A puzzle of life and death in which the first struggles of a baby and scenes from childhood, are interwoven with moments from the end of life. The play debuted in 2006, and ten years of performance and stellar reviews prove that the story is timeless. Not an evening to dally over a pre-show … Continue reading

The Birth of Color

Making it’s world premiere, the Birth of Color at the Kiscelli Museum, is a must see event at this years Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival. A long time fan of choral music, this promised something new, a Frequency Opera; music developed specifically in the frequency ranges associated with different colors. More than this, the choir and music surrounding a centrally seated audience, would deliver a frequency field that we would, as promised by creator Honora Foah, experience in … Continue reading

Maurice Le Noir Presents UNTITLED (a conflict with concretism)

Orange Tea Theatre TOON, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, 7 September 2016 A mouthful of a title, but a simple and engaging premise. Monsieur Le Noir, the performance and conceptual artist everyone has come to see, is missing, so management have coerced his musical accompanist to step in and deliver the show. Enter Martha, his loyal assistant and one time muse, desperately playing the trumpet while attempting to replicate Le Noir’s monument of concrete blocks. As she becomes … Continue reading