A Farewell to Arms

An apocalypse to end all apocalypses  In this highly-anticipated performance, British Asian dancer-choreographer Akram Khan makes his last appearance in a full length solo last night at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Amongst low lying stars, Khan delivers an elegy for the world while percussionist BC Manjunath and singer Aditya Prakash gradually fill the room with a…

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A Startling Revelation

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company makes its UK debut with Immixture The house lights dimmed and a lone figure donning a white organza hanbok(Korean traditional dress) strides in decisively and glacially, transfixing the entire audience with her gaze. It was almost as if everyone was holding their breath in that long stretch of silence, as…

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A Tale of Two in Chess-playing

A paraphernalia of postcards, vintage pocket-sized gelatine silver prints of a ditzy summer haze in Cadaqúes (1933) and yellowed, scribbly handwritten letters in French presents itself as an inviting greeting to an unlikely friendship (so they say) between two great art masters in the 20th century at the Royal Academy of Arts. We see it…

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On the Museum’s Ruin

    ‘The museum was a discredited institution from its very inception,’ stated art historian Douglas Crimp in his collection of essays, entitled On the Museum’s Ruins. This accusation of discredit appears to have found material expression in Marcel Broodhaers’ seminal installation ‘Un Jardin d’Hiver’ (A Winter Garden) (1974). The exhibition, which was first staged…

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The Vulgar: Redefining Fashion

An ambitious exhibition aspiring to unpack fashion’s inexplicable affiliations with vulgarity, from the historical to contemporary times with Adam Phillip’s masterful eloquence in revitalising the multiplicity of a singular adjective. Judith Clark reinvigorates the archaic meaning of the ‘vulgar’, as characteristic of the ordinary and common while juxtaposing its present negative connotations in an expansive…

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