Friday, 2 September 2016

When Culture Tiger went to see Jeffrey Lewis live

Photo: Culture Tiger

Musician and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis performed at The Dome in Tufnell Park last night. Self-deprecatingly funny lyrics with thought-provoking layers of politics and history were on the night's menu.
And apart from people like me taking the occasional picture, not a single audience member was filming the event on their phone - a welcoming breath of fresh air.
Jeffrey Lewis is in the UK until 3rd September before embarking on the rest of his European tour.
Check out tour dates, music and art work here -

Artwork: Jeffrey Lewis. Photo: Culture Tiger.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Review: Curtain Up at the V&A

Costume for Clara Zachanassian in Complicite's production of The Visit

 Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York at the V&A is a proud and joyous transatlantic display of the rich and glittering history of two theatrical heavyweights - London’s West End and New York’s Broadway.

A small (and free!) exhibition, Curtain Up brings visitors up close and personal with iconic costumes. Many of the costuming highlights range from the lavish Red Death ensemble from the eternal blockbuster The Phantom of the Opera to the roughly shredded chiffon bottoms from Matthew Bourne’s erotically charged Swan Lake.

As well as an insight into the painstakingly fine details of costumes, there is an array of intricate set designs, scripts, letters detailing challenging props transfers, a wonderfully charming note from Ian McKellan to an understudy and videos of industry insiders revealing the demanding highs and lows of the business. Curtain Up goes beyond the glamour of a night watching a stellar performance - it also guides you through the years and months of planning and creating a production where success is hard won.
Sound design for Hairspray

An exhibition that embraces the past and present, Curtain Up features technical innovations in groundbreaking productions. A Chorus Line is revealed to be the first show to use a computerised lighting system back in 1975 and visitors can immerse themselves in the video installations and lighting displays of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Curtain Up is a must for all theatre fans not just in London and New York but everywhere. An exhibition that thrills and inspires just like a great night in the stalls.

Curtain Up is on at the V&A until 31st August and opens at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts this autumn - a good excuse for a stateside trip.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dance Review: Resolution 2016 - Nikki & JD/.2Dot/AGITART

Queen & Queer rehearsal - Photography by Mickey Xu

Thursday 18th February at The Place, London.

Nikki & JD’s Le Lien, co-produced by Jacksons Lane, narrates a story of a past relationship between the two dancers through spoken word, gravity-defying circus skills, contemporary and Latin movements. Le Lien effortlessly combines gasp-inducing spectacle, such as single hand-to-hand lifts, with tender and intimate moments reflecting an entire range of thoughts and feelings encountered in the course of the relationship. We see Nikki bend and manipulate JD’s body like clay as she describes what to her makes the perfect physique of a partner at one point and at another the couple climb and swerve around each other like a couple in bed struggling to find the balance between holding a partner and being comfortable. Like all good stories about relationships, Le Lien is equally funny and heartbreaking. A rare treat to see acrobatic prowess mixed with soulfulness.