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(December 2012)


Priscilla Part 1: Confessions of a Heartbroken Father’s Journey through Loss, Redemption and Moralit

A short story based on a Félix Vallotton painting titled Intrieur Chambre Rouge avec Femme et Enfant (1899) Félix Vallotton, Intrieur Chambre Rouge avec Femme et Enfant, 1899 (Photo: Art Institute of Chicago) I have lived this lie for two years, and I wonder for how much longer I can block my moral values. I am sorry dear Alfred. I am so sorry. I often pray for forgiveness for what I am doing. What I have done. I take refuge in this selfish act of love for Ariadna. I don’t expect anyone to understand the complexities of the domestic. Nor do I expect to be forgiven. But what is a man to do? How can you negate happiness, when you have all the tools to provide it? Judge me, despise me, look dow

[BLANK] at Donmar Warehouse: A Theatrical Review

Alice Birch’s 100 scene play is inspired by true accounts of women affected by the criminal justice system. Director Maria Aberg makes use of 30 of these for the powerful performance put on at the Donmar Warehouse. Examples include a prisoner pleading for her television to be taken away from her because she fears she might electrocute herself with it, and a woman escaping an abusive partner with her children who desperately seeks refuge at a domestic violence shelter, but is turned away for lack of space. Each story is shockingly devastating and one feels grateful that Birch has enabled such accounts to be told and known. As they unfold before you on stage, you can do nothing but feel outrag

The Sackler Research Forum: A Useful Research Platform

The twinkling fairy lights dangling in the Sackler Research Forum are surprisingly alluring; it looks cozy and ambient. I am sure that was a clever marketing decision partly to lend Vernon Square a warmer aesthetic and centralising it as the new (albeit temporary home) of the Courtauld. At the same time, the festively snug room could partly be to balance the intensely academic ideas that are thrown around inside it. Or maybe I just can’t keep up sometimes. In 2003, the Sackler Research Forum was established with the aid of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which continues to support it to this day, alongside funding from The Sackler Trust. To both Courtauld students and the public, the Forum

Ian McKellen on Stage: Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU!

After queuing for an hour on a cold morning with other theatre enthusiasts, my sister and I managed to get two seats (for as little as 10 pounds) for Ian McKellen’s one-man show at Harold Pinter Theatre. The performance is a continuation of the UK tour celebrating his 80th birthday. The show will run until February 2020 in London, visiting eighty venues around the country. All the profits go to charities dedicated to theatre. ​ Gandalf, King Lear, and Richard III are only a few of the many personalities Ian McKellen has adapted throughout the many years of his acting career. However, during the two and a half hours, we can mostly encounter the actor himself: talking about his first experienc

The 5 Podcasts You Need to be Listening to Right Now

Brush teeth. Pack bag. Grab key. Put on the same playlist as every day and walk out the door. REWIIIIIND. Brush teeth. Pack bag. Grab key. Put on an epic podcast and skip out the door because you’re having such a great morning. Just kidding, but check out my top 5 picks at the moment. 1. Deliciously Ella Cover of Deliciously Ella Podcast (Photo: Ella and Matthew Mills) If you want to listen to the most soothing voice you have ever heard, this is the podcast for you. Deliciously Ella and her husband Matthew Mills tackle super topical, self-growth style issues: learning how to fail; happiness as a choice; and body acceptance. If you want a dose of positive energy, or just some direction on thi

Staging Schiele: Celebrating the Abject Corporeality of an Austrian Artist’s Sickly Subjects

Choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh and performed by her eponymous contemporary dance company, Staging Schiele is a kinetic celebration of the work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. The piece premiered on October 18 in Ipswich and then completed a tour around the United Kingdom, which culminated in two final performances at London’s Southbank Center last week. For those who may have missed one of the seven shows, there will be an online broadcast of the entire performance on November 15 at 17:00. Manon Dane Hurst as artist Egon Schiele in Shobana Jeyasingh Dance's Staging Schiele (Photo: Foteini Christofilopilou) Intended to be a pseudo-ekphrastic transformation of Schiele’s dynamic p

London's Courtauldian Approved Art Events for November

November’s here and you know what that means, Winter is coming. When it’s cold out, who doesn’t want to be inside exploring the most magical art events London has to offer this November? So, wrap up warm, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte, and go and check one out. 1. FOR THE MUSIC LOVERS Gallery Concert: Delius and Gauguin, National Gallery 1st November ‘An evening of piano, violin and song by Delius and Mallarmé…’ – Explore Gauguin’s work as a body of work influenced by composers Frederick Delius and poet Stéphane Mallarmé, by experiencing the sounds Gauguin felt inspired by and drew inspiration from. Travel back in time to 1891 when this exact music guided Gauguin’s hand to create a por

Björk is Dead,Long Live Björk

Split into many parts Splattered light beams into prisms That will reunite ~ The Gate (Björk/Arca) For anybody vaguely aware of music as a phenomenon during the last 25 years or so, Björk doesn’t need an introduction. Instead, I’d like to reproduce a comment made in an interview with Rolling Stone by one of her closest collaborators in recent years, Arca (Alejandra Ghersi if you’re nasty): “When I met Björk, (…) it was like an oxygen you get from a person you only can exist with symbiotically. It’s one of the most beautiful relationships I’ve had.” ‘Symbiotically’ is key, since Björk’s career has been defined by the intersection of self-expression and collaboration. Common logic dictates tha

Modern Love: A Declaration of Love in all its Forms

Warning, this is one for the sentimental. For the people who love Nora Ephron, Love Actually and the Metro’s ‘Rush Hour Crush’ column. Modern Love is a new Amazon Prime series comprised of eight, thirty-minute episodes based on short stories from the New York Times. The project began 15 years ago as a column, four years ago it became a podcast, and now it is a tv show. Each tale is written and directed by different people, creating short stand-alone stories that explore the lives and loves of people across the city. It boasts an all-star cast, delivering Andrew Scott (better known as the hot priest from Fleabag), Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Dev Patel, and yet another cameo from Ed Sheeran in

An American Marriage: A Book Review

An American Marriage tells the story of newlyweds Celestial and Roy. At first glance, they embody the American dream; a young business executive and an artist, madly in love and on the brink of success. Love’s young dream is shattered in the night as Roy is ripped from his bed with Celestial and sentenced to twelve years in prison for a crime his wife knows he didn’t commit. This accusation acts as narrative catalyst for introspection and instability that threatens to swallow the characters up. The novel grapples with two defining and interlinking themes; America (in particular the experience of the African American community) and marriage. The nature of the intimacy in Roy and Celestial’s m

Gettin' There: Chapter One

Illustration by Izzy White As life itself does, it started with the body. The physical move from a warm and casually familiar place to a much colder one filled with grey indiscernible shapes and a lot of confusion - of which a few recognizable voices were trying to appease. My cosy nest had been carefully constructed over nine consecutive years under the bright sun and heavy tropical rains of Hong Kong Island. My nest was a confetti, a speck of colour on the large map of the world. Its vibrant cries in hundreds of languages and messy streets were lullabies to my daydreams. I navigated its temples and skyscrapers with the ease of a chimpanzee in the comfort of the jungle. It was safe. It felt

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