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Joel Chester Fildes

This Week 19th – 25th October

19 October 2015 Ryan Ormonde

This week in London: a cat escapes a terrorist attack in a cinema, young adults question their sexual hang-ups, Bruce Lee inspires a ‘platform of experimentation and self-reflection’, Nour brings art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa to South West London and the Bloomsbury Festival celebrates light.

Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury Festival will be shedding light on many subjects from Thursday, pun intended: this year the festival celebrates the many ways we use and capture light. Many events are free and the online programme is full of intriguing prospects such as ‘Chiaroscuro Life Drawing’ and ‘Comics: Illuminating the Dark Night of the Soul’. There will be exhibitions, concerts, discussions, screenings and performances. A torch-lit bandstand will appear on Store Street, where there will also be fire installations and artist residencies. Deadpan poet John Hegley and novelist and academic Siri Hustvedt are both making appearances, and participating organisations include the Wellcome Collection, Apples and Snakes and the English National Opera.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Under the Covers at Southbank Centre

The Wellcome Collection’s exhibition (deep breath) The Institute of Sexology and the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles is the inspiration for a new show at Southbank Centre this Saturday, part of festival WHY? What's Happening for the Young. There will be two chances to see Under the Covers, which is performed by young ensemble Contact Young Company, developed by artists Rosana Cade and Kate O'Donnell and directed by Stacy Makishi. Contact Young Company is the resident youth company at Manchester's Contact who commissioned this work, which questions myths and taboos that affect young people’s attitudes to sex. Director Stacy Makishi is a sensitive and humorous artist and performer who is good at questioning and pushing boundaries, so this should be more than just furtive fumblings.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Nour Festival

Tuesday is day one of the Nour Festival, a showcase for film, music, literature, poetry, performance and visual arts from Arabic speaking cultures. Artists showing their work to UK audiences for the first time include Iraqi poet-journalist Omar al-Jaffal, Saudi photographer Adel Quraishi and Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra. Quaraishi’s exhibition The Guardians will show at Leighton House Museum and is a collection of portraits of the last of a succession of eunuchs who have held the keys to the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina for 900 years.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Cinema at Tristan Bates Theatre

Shahrzad is a cinema cat and ‘a teller of tales’. Returning to the cinema after a fire has engulfed the building and everyone in it, she tries to make sense of what has happened. Shahrzad is tiptoeing over the wreckage of a real life event, one of the deadliest terrorist attacks of modern times: on 19th August 1978, Islamic Militants set fire to the Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran during a screening of a film called The Deer, killing 422 people and sparking a revolution. Theatre Company Zendeh and writer Steven Gaythorpe have found a way to tell that story in one-woman play Cinema, performed by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh and showing at Tristan Bates Theatre from tonight until Saturday.

For more information and to book tickets, see website.


Enter the Dragon at the ICA

For the past week the ICA theatre has been transformed into a ‘mutating sound sculpture’ by Zhang Ding in tribute to the classic Bruce Lee martial arts film Enter the Dragon. The film lends its name to an installation in which musicians play daily and in unison on two separate stages. A collaboration with London’s most interesting music radio station NTS, Enter the Dragon’s participants this week include music producers Heatsick and Lukid on Tuesday, artist-musician Joanne Robertson and dance DJ Lord Tusk on Wednesday and the imaginatively title Diaphragm Failure and Moon Zero on Thursday. ‘Garage-kink band’ Wild Daughter will be joining Phil Wilson-Perkin and Samantha Taylor on Friday and graphic design artist Natasha Trotman will be facing off with the experimental music of Cam Deas on Saturday. Amnesia Scanner and Bill Kouligas are sold out on Sunday, which is the final night. If none of these names ring a bell, perhaps another viewing of the original film will get you in the mood. Then you can be as brave as Bruce...

For more information and to book tickets, see website.

 

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