Culture Calendar #40: Picks For The Week
Wanna know what's on in London this week? Look no further...
w/c 16th October
WHAT: Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead
WHERE: Soho Theatre
WHEN: Monday 16th - 28th
Following a hugely successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, Joseph Morpurgo brings his absurdist one man show Hammerhead to the Soho Theatre. Following a 9 hour performance of Frankenstein, in which he’s played all 85 characters himself, a fictionalised Morpurgo sits down to answer a Q&A. Expect flights of structural fancy, an exploration of a fragile actorly ego, and many a laugh.
WHAT: St Vincent
WHERE: O2 Brixton
WHEN: Tuesday 17th
St Vincent released her fifth solo album Masseduction last Friday, and let us tell you, it’s a masterpiece. In order to promote it / assert her status as Queen of femme glam rock, she’s heading to Brixton for a night spent making us alternate between weeping at the power of her softer sound, and screaming as she shreds. Get that album on and buy a ticket immediately.
WHAT: Creative Careers: The Art Of Programming
WHERE: Barbican Centre
WHEN: Wednesday 18th
At this month’s edition of Creative Careers, the Barbican is hosting a talk to elucidate the art of putting together a programme that not only captures its audiences imaginations, but also, in a city filled to the brim with things to do, gets that audience there in the first place. The panel is comprised of Georgia Meyer (Boiler Room, Geek Girl & shesaid.so), Tobi Kyeremateng (Apples and Snakes), Ivan Blackstock (NSF CRXSS PLATFXRM), and Tas Elias (Ace Hotel & One for the Heads).
WHAT: Trois Grandes Fuges
WHERE: Sadler’s Wells
WHEN: Thursday 19th - Friday 20th
We all know (whether by name or not - I certainly always forget it), Beethoven’s Grande Fuge op. 133. This week at Sadler’s Wells, three acclaimed choreographers create three dance works to the same piece of music, all with wildly different results.
They say: Lucinda Childs' interpretation exemplifies her meticulous precision and cool, complex classicism. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker responds with an uninhibited, masculine and non-classical vocabulary, whilst Maguy Marin creates an exhilarating whirlwind where life is reduced to a race against death.
WHAT: Apples and Snakes: Kayo Chingonyi
WHERE: Tate Modern
WHEN: Friday 20th
Apples and Shakes is a vital force in the world of performance poetry and spoken word. We wished HARD we could’ve made it to last week’s Dead or Alive Slam at the RSC in which three leading slam poets challenged Ovid, Horace, and Virgil in three slam rounds. Three matches made in heaven.
All is not lost though, because this week we can join poet Kayo Chingonyi at the Tate as he presents his first full-length collection of poems, Kumukanda. In his collection he explores the passage between two world, ancestral and contemporary, between the living and the dead, between the gulf of who he is now and how he is perceived. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
WHAT: Curiosity Rooms: Es Devlin
WHERE: Old Selfridges Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 21st
To celebrate the launch of new hardware products, Google is filling the Curiosity Rooms at the Selfridges Hotel with guest talks and immersive experiences. On Saturday afternoon catch Es Devlin, the stage designer who creates kinetic sculptures meshed with light and film for opera, dance, film, theatre, runway shows and concerts. She’s created stage sets in collaboration with Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay Z and the Weeknd. This is bound to be a fascinating talk with a super impressive, creative woman.