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Korper: Sasha Waltz and Guests at Sadler’s Wells – 1st to 3rd March 2018

Renowned contemporary choreographer Sasha Waltz is celebrated for her compelling imagery and body-focused choreography. Taking the body itself as her subject in Körper, Waltz combines clinical analysis and fantastical illusions as 13 dancers meld together to form strange chimerical creatures and squirm behind glass like scientific specimens, in a series of living tableaux.

Körper, meaning body in German, engages dancers in a variety of movements. Linking architecture and body, the production asks what is the body and how is it constructed. The dance analyses morality, the quest for immortality, and investigates reproduction in the age of genetic manipulation. Körper received its World Premiere in Berlin in 2000 and had its UK Premiere in the same year.

The development of innovative forms of performance and creation has become the most significant focus of the work of Sasha Waltz & Guests. The company was named an official Cultural ambassador of the European Union for the 2013 anniversary year. The company also received the 2014 George Tabori prize for exceptional artistic achievements over the last 20 years.

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Sutra: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley and monks from the Shaolin Temple at Sadler’s Wells – 26th to 28th March 2018

One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions, Sutra returns to London from Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 March to celebrate its 10th anniversary after touring around the globe to sell-out audiences. This award-winning collaboration between choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China is one of Sadler’s Wells’ longest running and most successful productions.

Since its first sell-out performances at Sadler’s Wells in London in May 2008, Sutra has toured to 66 cities in 33 countries across the world. The production plays its 200th performance when it returns to the Sadler’s Wells stage. With Gormley’s striking set of 21 wooden boxes and Polish composer Szymon Brzóska’s specially commissioned score performed live, Sutra is a breath-taking spectacle of athleticism that explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition and its relationship with kung fu within a contemporary context.

Sutra is accompanied by a live, specially commissioned score for five musicians, including piano, percussion and strings by Szymon Brzóska.

For more information and tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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U2 returning to The O2 London in October 2018

U2 have confirmed dates for the European leg of their upcoming eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, which will stop at The O2 on Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Following last year’s acclaimed stadium tour with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour will see U2 return indoors, to pick up where 2015’s groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour left off.

The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour follows the recent release of the band’s 14th studio album Songs of Experience. Just as Songs of Experience serves as a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a sequel to the 2015 tour.

The band will create a new arena production with the latest in cutting-edge technology. Staged in the round, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a development of the unique and innovative staging of the 2015 tour, featuring multiple performance areas, a state-of-the-art sound system, plus an all new super high-res LED screen nine-times the resolution of the 2015 screen.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 26 January at 9am and are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Country to Country Music Festival at the O2 – 9th to 11th March 2018

Country to Country; Europe’s biggest country music festival is back for its sixth year from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018.

The line up includes Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town and one of America’s biggest country stars; Kacey Musgraves who will headline the festival for the very first time. Joining the stellar headliners are multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Margo Price and Midland. The C2C Spotlight Stage will return with performances from Ashley McBryde, Jillian Jacqueline, Lindsay Ell and Lukas Nelson.

The festival brings three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at the Tate Modern from 8th March to 9th September 2018

Visitors to Tate Modern from  March 2018 will be offered a unique opportunity to view some of the most important paintings Picasso ever made. It includes three works featuring the artist’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter which have not been shown together since 1932, the year they were created. Made over the course of only five days Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, Nude in a Black Armchair and The Mirror will be reunited as a highlight of The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Each painting is an exceptional loan to Tate Modern, originating from private collections across the globe, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience these outstanding works together.

These three paintings will be reunited for the first time since Picasso’s first full-scale retrospective held at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris and the Kunsthaus in Zurich 85 years ago. They are celebrated for their role in reaffirming Picasso’s place at the centre of the art world in the early 20th century. Their bold colours and decisive lines describe a sleeping young woman, now instantly recognisable as the artist’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter with whom he had begun an affair five years earlier, but unknown to viewers at the time. Walter’s horizontal form dominates the lower half of each composition, her head tipped back and the fluid lines of her profile reflecting the gently curving leaves of the philodendron plant in the background.

Picasso embarked on these paintings after an extraordinarily productive start to the year during which he painted such breath-taking works as Rest, Sleep and The Dream. Having recently turned 50 with his first retrospective looming, Picasso was determined to prove his creativity and assert his standing in the contemporary art world against rivals including Matisse. In only five days from Tuesday 8 until Saturday 12 March 1932 he produced these three extraordinary paintings, followed two days later by the iconic Girl Before a Mirror, which will also be on loan to Tate Modern from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For the first time in 85 years all of these works and more will be shown together, allowing visitors to chart the boundless creativity of this remarkable year in Picasso’s career.

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will open from 8 March to 9 September 2018 at Tate Modern.

For more information or book tickets , visit the Tate Modern website here

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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography at The National Portrait Gallery – 1st March to 20th May 2018

Two ways of Life by Oscar Rejlander, 1856-7

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (1 March – 20 May 2018), will combine for the first time ever portraits by Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65).

The exhibition will be the first to examine the relationship between the four ground-breaking artists. Drawn from public and private collections internationally, it will feature some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history, including many which have not been seen in Britain since they were made.

Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll, 1858

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography will be the first exhibition in London to feature the work of Swedish born ‘Father of Photoshop’ Oscar Rejlander since the artist’s death. it will include the finest surviving print of his famous picture Two Ways of Life of 1856-7, which used his pioneering technique combining several different negatives to create a single final image. Constructed from over 30 separate negatives, Two Ways of Life was so large it had to be printed on two sheets of paper joined together.

Seldom-seen original negatives by Lewis Carroll and Rejlander will both be shown, allowing visitors to see ‘behind the scenes’ as they made their pictures.

Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866

An album of photographs by Rejlander purchased by the National Portrait Gallery following an export bar in 2015 will also go on display together with other treasures from the Gallery’s world-famous holdings of Rejlander, Cameron and Carroll, which for conservation reasons are rarely on view. The exhibition will also include works by cult hero Clementina Hawarden, a closely associated photographer. This will be the first major showing of her work since the exhibition Lady Hawarden at the V&A in London and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 1990.

Lewis Carroll’s photographs of Alice Liddell, his muse for Alice in Wonderland, are among the most beloved photographs of the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection. Less well known are the photographs made of Alice years later, showing her a fully grown woman. The exhibition will bring together these works for the first time, as well as Alice Liddell as Beggar Maid on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Photographic study by Clementina Hawarden.

Visitors will be able to see how each photographer approached the same subject, as when Cameron and Rejlander both photographed the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the scientist Charles Darwin, or when Carroll and Cameron both photographed the actress, Ellen Terry. The exhibition will also include the legendary studies of human emotion Rejlander made for Darwin, on loan from the Darwin Archive at Cambridge University.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography celebrates four key nineteenth-century figures, exploring their experimental approach to picture-making. Their radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.

The four created an unlikely alliance. Rejlander was a Swedish émigré with a mysterious past; Cameron was a middle-aged expatriate from colonial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka); Carroll was an Oxford academic and writer of fantasy literature; and Hawarden was landed genty, the child of a Scottish naval hero and a Spanish beauty, 26 years younger. Yet, Carroll, Cameron and Hawarden all studied under Rejlander briefly, and maintained lasting associations, exchanging ideas about portraiture and narrative. Influenced by historical painting and frequently associated with the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, they formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography will include portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

If you would like to find out more about the exhibition, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here

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Review : The London Boat Show 2018 at ExCel London – 10th to 14th January 2018

The London Boat Show at the Excel Exhibition Centre provides a showcase of all things marine and is the first place to see the latest marine innovations, design and technology. The 2018 Show features the latest launches, products and marine brands, as well as offering a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family.

Walking around the show offers some insight into some of the cutting edge developments in the marine world, the large yachts may take most of the attention with major launches from Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International amongst others. However with over 300 brands showcased there is plenty of interest especially if you are looking for a new boat, accessories, equipment or thinking of booking a holiday.

Back for its 64th year, the London Boat Show returns with a new format with five days of the very latest in the boating world, some of the attractions include the Beach Club & Activity Pool, The Adventure Park ,The Urban Beach Experience, 

Practical Boat Owner Theatre, the Legends Theatre, the iconic Black & White Bar and The Yachtsman’s Champagne Bar.

The show now incorporates the all-new Boating & Watersports Holiday Show with its own Lock & Waterside Pub, and an interactive area that recreates the inland waterways with a replica lock showcasing popular modes of inland waterway travel. River Cruisers and Narrowboats are featured and for more nostalgia, visit the Classic Boats which showcases some iconic classic yachts.

The Show is lined with boardwalks; where manufactures, brokers and retailers bring their latest models of power and sail boats. Visitors can walk freely up and down the boardwalks and hop on and off various boats, speak to representatives and learn more about the various boats.

Throughout the show there will be a number of events and activities including award ceremonies, talks and quiz shows, shows, celebrities and sporting personalities.

The opening day highlights included HRH The Princess Royal presenting the Yachtmaster of the Year award and football legend Sir Geoff Hurst opening the Sunseeker International stand with the famous Jules Rimet Trophy.

The 64th London Boat Show offers an impressive display of products and numerous interactive attractions to entertain marine enthusiasts and visitors who want find out more about the world of boating.

The show runs from the 10th until the 14th January at the ExCel London Exhibition centre, there is a large range of food and drink option both outside and inside the show.

Video Review available here 

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the London Boat Show website here

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