Barbican autumn 2017 highlights
- This autumn the EFG London Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with concerts featuring Herbie Hancock, Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau , Pat Metheny , Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba ,Zakir Hussain alongside Dave Holland and Chris Potter ,
Roland Perrin, Phronesis and Engines Orchestra , Carminho , Pharoah Sanders , Alina Bzhezhinska , Omar Sosa , Seckou Keita and a premiere of a Festival commission bringing together Terence Blanchard and the BBC Concert Orchestra .
- To mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, and as Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Barbican and the LSO present ten day celebration This is Rattle. The celebration features five evening concerts with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon; four concerts curated by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussenand Helen Grime; and installations in the Barbican foyers.
- Transcender returns with its trademark mix of transcendental and hypnotic music from across the globe including shows by Midori Takada, Kayhan Kalhor with Rembrandt Trio, Susheela Raman with guitarist Sam Mills , and a response to the declaration of Indian Independence 70 years ago featuring Actress, Jack Barnett, Priya Purushothaman, Sandunes andJivraj Singh.
- The Barbican presents Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never seen before in the UK. The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90, a major season at Barbican Cinema, complements the exhibition and Too Young for What? - a day celebrating the spirit, energy and creativity of Basquiat - showcases a range of new work with and by young people from across east London and beyond.
- Barbican Art Gallery also presents British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah’s new work Purple .Commissioned especially for The Curve , Purple is an immersive, six-channel video installation charting incremental shifts in climate change across the planet. Barbican Cinema screens a series of films which have influenced John Akomfrah ’s work .
- Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival present Woyzeck in Winter ,interweaving Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeckwith songs from Schubert ’s Winterreise to form a highly distinctive music theatre production.
- Ninagawa Company ’s Macbeth introduced UK audiences to the work of Yukio Ninagawa 30 years ago and this epoch-making production is reprised in the Barbican Theatre to celebrate the work of the late Japanese director.
- Barbican Artistic Associate Michael Clark Companyreturns with an extended version of Clark’s latest show. Having premiered at the Barbican in 2016, the Olivier Award-nominated to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song.comprises a triple bill of arresting choreography with music by Erik Satie , Patti Smith and David Bowie.
- As part of Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival, Spanish dancer Rocío Molina performs Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) , borrowing from feminine, masculine and animalistic codes to devise a personal performance about womanhood. Barbican Cinema presents three feature-length dance documentaries as part of Dance Umbrella. Screenings include Paris Opera Ballet documentary In the Steps of Trisha Brown , the touching Before We Go and, in honour of Rocio Molina, Flamenco, Flamenco .
- The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with a thrilling London season, Rome MMXVII, comprising four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays.
- The London International Animation Festival returns to Barbican Cinema with ten days of forums, screen talks and over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features from around the world.
- Cinema Matters continues with a look at film’s ability to bring people together featuring the UK premiere screening of the 4K restoration of Gillo Pontecorvo ’sThe Battle of Algier s and Doc ‘n’ Roll, the UK’s music documentary film festival, presents three premieres.
- The Barbican’s foyer programme continues with four installations including Interlock: Friends Pictured Within , devised by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning with musician Anna Meredith and artist Jonathan Munro; Less than Thirteen , a new digital work from award-winning artistic duo Cleary Connolly ;HÍBRIDOS, The Spirits of Brazil by Vincent Moonand Priscilla Telmon , a poetic filmic tapestry of constantly evolving ritualistic forms and theatrical sacred rites; and The People’s Forest: The Fairlop Oak by Gayle Chong Kwan, a monolithic geometric sculpture drawing upon investigations into the history, politics, and people of Epping Forest.
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Thu 21 Sep 2017–Sun 28 Jan 2018, Barbican Art Gallery
Media View: Wed 20 Sept, 10am –1pm
Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the post-punk underground art scene in Lower Manhattan in the late 1970s. By 1982, he had gained international recognition and was the youngest ever artist to participate in Documenta in Kassel. Basquiat’s vibrant, raw imagery springs from an impressive erudition, seen in the fragments of bold capitalised text that abound in his works — offering insights into both his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young artist with no formal training. Since his tragic death in 1988, Basquiat has had remarkably little exposure in the UK – where there is not a single work in a public collection.
More than any other exhibition to date, Basquiat: Boom for Real focuses on the artist’s relationship to music, text, film and television, placing it within the wider cultural context of the time. Paintings, drawings and notebooks are presented alongside rare film, photography, music and ephemera in a design that aims to capture the dynamism of Basquiat’s practice. These exhibits are brought together for the first time in 35 years, allowing visitors to understand how Basquiat so quickly won the admiration of his fellow artists and critics.
To complement the exhibition, the Barbican Cinema will run The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90 alongside the show.
Too Young for What?
A creative celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Sat 7 Oct 2017
In celebration of its major exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real , the Barbican stages an innovative programme of free events, installations and special performances on Saturday 7 October. Providing opportunities to develop and showcase young people’s creativity Too Young for What? celebrates the spirit, energy and creativity of Basquiat and showcases a range of new work with and by young people from across east London and beyond.Too Young for What? also explores what Basquiat and his practice means to young and emerging artists today through a range of art forms including music, performance, street art and poetry. Programme highlights include Basquiat inspired work from Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s community of young creatives, including the Barbican Young Poets, Young Programmers and Young Visual Arts Group . The day culminates with a ticketed concert in the Barbican Hall that evening, featuring vibrant, party-starting music by Kid Creole and The Coconuts and Arto Lindsay.
John Akomfrah: Purple
Fri 6 Oct 2017–Tue 7 Jan 2018, The Curve, Barbican Centre
Media view: Thursday 5 October, 10am–1pm
Barbican Art Gallery presents a new commission by British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah for the Curve. His most ambitious project to date, Purple is an immersive, six-channel video installation which charts the incremental shifts in climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity and the wilderness. As the follow up to Vertigo Sea (2015), Akomfrah ’ s standout work at the 56th Venice Biennale, Purple forms the second chapter in a planned quartet of films addressing the aesthetics and politics of matter. Symphonic in scale and divided into six interwoven movements, Akomfrah has combined hundreds of hours of archival footage with newly shot film and a hypnotic sound score to produce the video installation. Akomfrah’s Purple brings a multitude of ideas into conversation including mammalian extinctions, the memory of ice, the plastic ocean and global warming.
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival
Woyzeck in Winter
Wed 13–Sat 16 Sep 2017, Barbican Theatre
Press performance: Thu 14 Sep 2017, 7.45pm
Büchner ’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck is interwoven with songs from Schubert ’s Winterreise to form a highly distinctive music theatre production, the central roles played by mesmerising Irish performersPatrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan .
A poor soldier earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he is driven to the far side of alienation and despair – and finally to a desperate, violent act.
Exploiting the uncanny similarities between these two dark masterworks, Dublin-based director Conall Morrison draws on Schubert ’ s extraordinary music to illuminate the inner landscape of Woyzeck ’ s tortured mind. With the startling story set amid a terrain of broken pianos, vivid scenes flow seamlessly into songs, now translated into English, revealing their potent passion. The cast also includes Stephen Brennan ,Rosaleen Linehan and Barry McGovern , outstanding actor-singers who have appeared previously at the Barbican.
Ninagawa Company – Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Thu 5–Sun 8 Oct 2017, Barbican Theatre
Press performance: Thu 5 Oct 2017, 7.15pm
Ninagawa Company ’s Macbeth introduced UK audiences to the work of Yukio Ninagawa 30 years ago and this epoch-making production is now reprised at the Barbican to celebrate the work of the late Japanese director.
Faithful to the text’s depiction of honour and revenge, yet rich in symbolism, this staging of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy blurs the divide between the sacred and secular. Masachika Ichimura and Yuko Tanaka , stars in Japan of stage and screen respectively, lead the cast in this revival which transposes the action to a 16th-century samurai world in war-torn Japan.
Macbeth is performed in Japanese with English surtitles.
Following its London run, Macbeth plays at the Theatre Royal Plymouth (Friday 13-Saturday 14 October).
Rocío Molina – Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo)
Thu 12–Sat 14 Oct 2017, Barbican Theatre
Press performance: Thu 12 Oct 2017, 7.45pm
Spanish dancer Rocío Molina strips flamenco down to its purest form: a passionate and exhilarating expression of freedom.
For her newest piece, part of this year’s Dance Umbrella, she borrows from feminine, masculine and even animalistic codes to devise a personal performance about womanhood. As she adopts different guises and inventive costumes, provocative and playful images emerge. At times alone, at others collaborating with four phenomenal onstage musicians, Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo) is a physically demanding progression from shadow to light, silence to sound, order to chaos - a fall with no return.
Molina’s last visit to the Barbican, with Bosque Ardora , proved a hit of Dance Umbrella 2014, earning her an Olivier Award nomination.
Michael Clark Company – to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song.
Wed 18–Sat 28 Oct 2017, Barbican Theatre
Press performance: Fri 20 Oct 2017, 8pm
Michael Clark is back with an extended version of his latest show. Enjoying its premiere here in 2016, the Olivier Award-nominated to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. comprises a triple bill of arresting choreography by Barbican Artistic Associate Clark.
At first, a reflection on Erik Satie and his influence on Clark’s mentors past and present – the dance meticulous and coolly refined. Next, commanding choreography pulsating with a propulsive force to the punk rock of Patti Smith ’s landmark album, Horses . Then, an iridescent tribute to David Bowie that is intricate and sublime, the mood moving from elegiac to joyously rebellious.
Performances by a company of fearless and otherworldly dancers are complemented by Charles Atlas ’s scintillating lighting design, which features a stage adaptation of his multi-channel video installationPainting by Numbers .
Royal Shakespeare Company
Mon 6 Nov 2017 – Sun 21 Jan 2018, Barbican Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with a thrilling London season, Rome MMXVII, comprising four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays. Led by Season Director, Angus Jackson, who directsCoriolanus and Julius Caesar , the plays expose the decadence, politics, power play and corruption of Ancient Rome, charting the decline of an empire from birth to eventual implosion. Antony & Cleopatra is directed by Iqbal Khan and Titus Andronicus is directed by Blanche McIntyre. To coincide with Julius Caesar, students can spend one day backstage at the Barbican with the RSC's technical team as they prepare for the performance. In addition, RSC director Iqbal Khan runs an intensive practical weekend in response to his production.
This is Rattle
Thu 14 Sep– Sun 24 Sep 2017, Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, Sculpture Court
To mark his inaugural season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, and as Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and the Guildhall School, the Barbican and the LSO present a ten day celebration This is Rattle. At the heart of these celebrations are five evening concerts with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon. His inaugural programme on Tue 14 Sep 2017, 7.30pm , which also opens the Barbican 2017-18 classical music season, will be dedicated to British music and features works by Thomas Adès, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen, Elgar’s EnigmaVariations and the world premiere of Fanfare by Helen Grime, specially commissioned for the orchestra by the Barbican. This concert will be relayed live to the Barbican Sculpture Court’s temporary outdoor cinema screen.
Parallel to the LSO’s concerts in the Barbican Hall, the four living composers whose work Sir Simon Rattle has chosen to be showcased in the opening LSO performance (Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen and Helen Grime) will curate their own concerts at Milton Court, presented by the Barbican. This series focuses on British music from last 50 years, with each programme reflecting the composers’ personal inspirations and musical influences.
Oliver Knussen conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in a programme to include works by Stravinsky, Patrick Brennan, Birtwistle and Knussen himself ( Sat 16 Sep 2017, 7.30pm ). Thomas Adès’ concert features Guildhall musicians performing works by some of the most distinctive voices in classical music today and over the past century, including Per Nørgård, Nicholas Maw, Judith Weir , Niccolò Castiglioni, John Woolrich and Madness arranged by Adès ( Mon 18 Sep 2017, 7.30pm ). Britten Sinfonia performs in Helen Grime’s curated concert, which includes music by Purcell, Britten, Grime, Knussen, George Benjamin, Colin Matthews, Adès, and Stravinsky ( Wed 20 Sep 2017, 7:30pm ). The series ends with Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s curated concert, with BBC Singers and Martyn Brabbins performing a varied programme of music by Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle ( Sat 23 Sep 2017, 7:30pm ).
Two Barbican foyer commissions also form part of This is Rattle. The Barbican and LSO have jointly commissioned a new digital work from award-winning artistic duo Cleary Connolly . Less than Thirteen (Thu 14 Sep 2017 to Sun 7 Jan 2018) is a large-scale projected artwork, situated in the heart of the Barbican’s foyers, which interprets the movement of Sir Simon Rattle conducting. The silent, abstract videos reduce the human form to a series of animated dots based on motion capture of Sir Simon’s conducting of Elgar’sEnigma Variations . The work explores the inherent musicality of movement, investigating how the conductor’s movement, although silent, can conjure up an aural response from the orchestra. Less than Thirteen draws on Gunnar Johansson’s theories of motion perception, which showed that as few as thirteen moving points can be fully understood as a human body. The projections visualise Sir Simon in less than thirteen moving dots, further abstracting the motion whilst striving to evoke melody and music in the minds of visitors.
Interlock: Friends Pictured Within (Thu 14 Sep 2017 to Sun 7 Jan 2018) is a new interactive multimedia installation from musician Anna Meredith and artist Jonathan Munro devised by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning together with over 100 community participants from east London. It also explores Elgar ’ sEnigma Variations , a piece Elgar wrote to characterise his closest friends, representing aspects of their personalities and memorable episodes in their relationships. The participants composed their own variations based on each other’s personalities; which are expressed in different art forms such as music, dance, illustration, poetry, visual art and animation. Each of these pieces interlock when placed into the interactive installation, bringing together the individual artworks. Visitors to the Barbican Centre will be able to trigger the different audio visual artworks using floor sensors, creating their own composition.
Both installations form part of the Barbican’s foyers programme which extend its programme beyond the walls of its venues and into its public spaces, giving visitors opportunities to experience outstanding art for free.
Thu 28 Sep – Sun 1 Oct 2017, Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall
The acclaimed annual Transcender series returns with four concerts. Featuring a trademark mix of transcendental and hypnotic music from across the globe, the series boldly juxtaposes traditional devotional music and more recent contemporary styles. Events feature musicians from Japan, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Greece, Syria, Ethiopia, Russia, UK and the US.
Cult Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, seen as a touchstone for Japanese ambient music, performs a rare UK show with support from Portland-based electronic duo Visible Cloaks ( Thu 28 Sep, Milton Court ). Kayhan Kalhor, an internationally acclaimed Iranian musician and kamancheh player joins forces with the versatile jazz and period instrument performers making up the Rembrandt Trio ( Fri 29 Sep, Barbican Hall ). British Indian singer Susheela Ramanand guitarist Sam Mills bring their ambitious projectSacred Imaginations 1 to the Barbican, in a special concert which gathers eighteen musicians from a range of Eastern Christian traditions to share their rich heritage in an explorative musical journey ( Sat 30 Sep, Barbican Hall ). Newly-commissioned global project Different Trains 1947 is an audio-visual collaborative response to the declaration of Indian Independence 70 years ago featuring Actress , Jack Barnett (from These New Puritans) , Jivraj Singh, Priya Purushothaman and Indian music producer Sandunes, and support from electronic duo Darkstar ( Sun 1 Oct, Barbican Hall ).
EFG London Jazz Festival 2017
Fri 10 Nov-Sun 19 Nov 2017 , Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall
EFG London Jazz Festival , presented by Barbican Associate Producer Serious, celebrates its 25th year in 2017. The 10 day festival features another stellar line-up of artists performing at the Barbican and its neighbouring venues, including an evening with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his new quartet; two giants of Cuban piano music, Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba , in a rare joint performance; an exploration of how jazz influenced the popular music of India by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain alongside Dave Hollandand Chris Potter and a premiere of a Festival commission bringing together Terence Blanchard and the BBC Concert Orchestra; the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin; and progressive trio Phronesis and Engines Orchestra in a performance of renowned composer Dave Maric’s new music.
Further concerts include virtuosic Punch Brothers mandolin player Chris Thile and influential jazz pianist Brad Mehldau performing music from their recent collaborative record on Nonesuch ; jazz icon Herbie Hancock showcasing his new brand new project; Portuguese fado singer Carminho paying homage to the music of Ant ô nio Carlos Jobim, one of the godfathers of Bossa Nova; a celebration of the profound musical and spiritual legacy of two of the most influential figures in Western musical history, Alice and John Coltrane, featuring a headline set from cosmic jazz iconPharoah Sanders, a new project from Denys Baptisteentitled The Late Trane, and innovative harpist Alina Bzhezhinska with her quartet; Cuban Jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and the Senegalese kora playerSeckou Keita in concert; a rare performance of Joe Zawinul ’s Stories of the Danube – his grand orchestral vision of one of the world’s great rivers – conducted by his friend Kristjan Järvi and featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and Terence Blanchard Quintet.
Barbican Cinema also screens films from the festival, including a new documentary on John Coltrane and Roger Vadim’s classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses,soundtracked by Thelonious Monk.
Jeremy Denk: Milton Court Artist-in-Residence
Jeremy Denk/Mozart: the Late Sonatas
Thu 12 Oct 2017, Milton Court Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Jeremy Denk: Infinite Variations
Sun 15 Oct 2017, Milton Court Concert Hall, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Acclaimed American pianist Jeremy Denk is the second Milton Court Artist-in-Residence, following Richard Tognetti’s successful series of concerts during the 2016-17 Barbican Presents season. Denk’s series of concerts begins on 12 October with a recital of Mozart’s late piano music and continues on 15 October with Infinite Variations, a three-part day of music celebrating the infinite variety of the variation form; the day is structured in three parts and the last concert of the day sees him sharing the stage with Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman in a performance of Variations on Heartbreak . . . and Hope. The evening will include an eclectic range of variation-based works – Monteverdi, Brahms, Verdi (filtered through Nina Simone) and John Adams (a European premiere) – and will culminate in Beethoven’s final piano sonata, a journey from tragedy to transcendence.
Denk is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.
Denk will return to the Barbican 2018, performing with the Britten Sinfonia and concludes the residency with a final recital in early March 2018 with a programme including Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives. The residency will be supported throughout by masterclasses and workshops with musicians from the Guildhall School.
The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90
Fri 29 Sep–Thu 5 Oct 2017
In a major season at Barbican Cinema audiences get a taste of the blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 1980s New York , with a season of films that take us back to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s home town . Screenings include hip-hop classic Wild Style , and Jim Jarmusch ’s first feature, Permanent Vacation , cult rom-com Desperately Seeking Susan , and Chantal Akerman’s poignant time capsule of NYC in 1976,News From Home .
Cinema Matters Part 5 – Collective Visions
Sun 10 Sep-Thu 26 Oct 2017
In the on-going Cinema Matters series at Barbican, Part 5 looks at film’s ability to bring people together , forming collective identities, and how cinema inspires ideologies, revolutionary ideas and dissident voices. The series includes a UK premiere screening of the 4K restoration of Gillo Pontecorvo ’s The Battle of Algiers and Barbara Kopple ’s Harlan County, USA .
Silent Film and Live Music
Sun 3 Sep–Sun 1 Oct 2017
Barbican Cinema opens its autumn Silent Film and Live Music series with the UK premiere of London Symphon y with live musical accompaniment by theCovent Garden Sinfonia . Also screening is Sergei Eisenstein ’s powerful classic, Strike , and The End of St Petersburg by Vsevolod Pudovkin.
Dance Umbrella Film Series
Sat 14 Oct-Wed 25 Oct 2017
This year Barbican Cinema joins forces with Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival, to present three feature-length dance documentaries. Screenings include Paris Opera Ballet documentary In the Steps of Trisha Brown , the touching Before We Go and, in honour of festival artist Rocio Molina ,Flamenco, Flamenco .
John Akomfrah Presents…
From Thu 24 Oct 2017
To coincide with his exhibition Purple running in the Curve Gallery, artist John Akomfrah selects a series of films which have influenced his work and life over the years, including Far From Vietnam , Salvatore Giuliano , Memories of Underdevelopment , and in a digital restoration by Martin Scorcese’s Film FoundationThe Night of Counting the Years (aka The Mummy).
Doc ‘n’ Roll Festival
Sun 5 Nov–Thu 9 Nov 2017
Key screenings from the festival’s selection of the latest documentaries profiling instigators and innovators from the realms of R&B, Funk, Soul, Rock, Indie, Electronic and Metal. This year Barbican Cinema hosts three premieres, including Suburban Steps To Rockland , a portrait of the legendary Ealing Club.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Sat 11 - Sun 19 Nov 2017
The festival’s film strand presents the pick of the crop of new jazz documentaries – including a profile of John Coltrane (Chasing Trane, 2016), and an account of Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster in Copenhagen (Cool Cats, 2015) – plus a rare screening of the Thelonious Monk-scored Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959), as a tribute to Monk in his centenary year, and to the recently-departed Jeanne Moreau. Monk’s signature score to this Roger Vadim classic was finally released in full this year to critical acclaim; in addition, the film features Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
London International Animation Festival (LIAF) 2017
Fri 1 Dec-Sun 10 Dec 2017
The London International Animation Festival (LIAF 2017) returns to the Barbican Cinema with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of forums, screen talks and over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features from around the world.
In addition to the two installations that form part of This is Rattle, the Barbican presents two further artworks as part of the Barbican’s foyers programme, which extends the Barbican’s artistic programme beyond the walls of its venues and into its public spaces, giving visitors opportunities to experience outstanding art for free.
HÍBRIDOS, The Spirits of Brazil
Fri 29 Sep – Fri15 Dec 2017
Opening to accompany the 2017 Transcender series, the Barbican foyers will host a site-specific film installation by independent French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon. The installation Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil is a poetic filmic tapestry of constantly evolving ritualistic forms and theatrical sacred rites. The large-scale projection brings together numerous short films which explore present day spiritual groups in Brazil, mixing tradition and modernity. With a 24 hour r
Over the past three years, Priscilla and Vincent have collected audio-visual recordings from over sixty different ceremonies across Brazil, from the indigenous ancestral rituals of Acre, the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé in Bahia, the new forms of Umbanda ceremonies in Minas Gerais, to one of the biggest Catholic gatherings in the world in Belém do Pará.
This Barbican foyer installation is the latest event in the ongoing multiform project HÍBRIDOS , which also includes a feature length film, a large online archive, 75 digital albums of recordings of ceremonies, live cinema experiences, and more.
The People’s Forest: The Fairlop Oak
13 Oct 2017 – 18 Mar2018
Epping Forest is the inspiration for The People’s Forest, artist Gayle Chong Kwan’s most ambitious project to date, the result of her two-year investigation into the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland. In installations, photography, sculpture, drawing, audio, and photographic work, Chong Kwan explores the forest as a site of shared and contested resources, conflict between capital and common, private and public, and as a liminal space between rural and urban.
At the centre of the project is The Fairlop Oak, Chong Kwan’s monolithic geometric sculpture of the famed pollarded tree that was once in Epping Forest and the site of a famous eighteenth century fair. The sculpture was presented at Walthamstow Garden Party festival in July 2017, where people were invited to add their own miniature sculptures attached to a branch and inserted into the trunk of the tree. The Fairlop Oak will grow to eleven metres for its installation in the Barbican, rising up from the mezzanine level through the lightwell and out into the ground floor.
The Fairlop Oak is part of t he Barbican’s 2018 season The Art of Change, which explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.
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