Culture Calendar #19: Picks For The Week

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w/c Monday 22nd

What: Aldous Harding

Where: Omeara

When: Monday 22nd

New Zealand singer Aldous Harding has been described as ‘a folk artist whose performances strike that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession,’ and her second album released last Friday confirms that description. Her vocal style defies influence, and song titles like ‘What If The Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming’ gives a little hint at the kind of intensity Harding brings to the table. We can’t wait to see how she translates that to live performance.

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What: Jam

Where: Finborough Theatre

When: Tuesday 23rd

They say: Ten years ago, Bella Soroush’s life was ruined by one of her pupils – Kane McCarthy. She has gradually rebuilt things – new school, new town, new friends – and finally feels at home in the depths of the countryside.Now Kane is back in her classroom, armed with relics of the past and claiming to want forgiveness.Set over a single evening, Jam is a relentless, incendiary new drama that interrogates social fault-lines in Britain today, and the tension between truth and justice. Written by Matt Parvin, and directed by Tommo Fowler.

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What: Pumarosa

Where: Rough Trade East

When: Wednesday 24th

Following the release of their highly anticipated debut full-length, Pumarosa hit the Rough Trade Stage with their brand of dark, slow-burn rock. Front-woman Isobel Munoz-Newsome is magnetic and arresting both on record and in the flesh, so this is one to be missed.

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What: Ana Mendieta

Where: Alison Jacques Gallery

When: Thursday 25th

They say: Alison Jacques Gallery presents the gallery's second solo exhibition by Cuban-born artist, Ana Mendieta. This is the first solo show of Ana Mendieta's work in the UK since her retrospective Traces, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal at the Hayward Gallery in 2013. This exhibition focuses on the themes of metamorphosis and transformation in Mendieta's work, from her early performances at the University of Iowa in the 1970s, to her later sculptural work in the first half of the 1980s.

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What: Vixen

Where: The Vaults Theatre

When: Friday 26th

This Friday, in the tunnels beneath Waterloo Station, Silent Opera debuts Vixen, a reimagining of Leoš Janáček’s 1921-23 Cunning Little Vixen. The audience is given headphones through which they listen to a pre-recorded orchestra, allowing them to move through the tunnels with the singers, immersed in the action. To find out more about Silent Opera read our interview with artistic director Daisy Evans.

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What: Splice Festival 2017

Where: Rich Mix, Red Gallery and Kamio

When: Friday 26th-Sunday 28th

Splice Festival is back for its second edition, taking place over the bank holiday weekend 26th - 28th May 2017 at East London’s multi-arts centres Rich Mix, Red Gallery and Kamio. Part of the EU funded AV Node network, Splice brings together over 40 international artists to celebrate the diverse field of audiovisual performance, including live cinema, AV remixing, VJing, video art and projection mapping. This year sees another diverse programme with headline act Coldcut, award-winning Mira Calix and DJ Food among the performers alongside a host of educational talks, networking and satellite events.

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