Here it is, the second most anticipated event of your week (the first of course being rain, or at the very least a cool breeze). So, assuming you have made it through the heat of the past seven days without melting into a decidedly sweaty sleep-deprived pool, you are now free to claim a cultural reward for your suffering. Yep, it’s time for the ice-cool refreshment that is our arts experts’ picks of the current cultural landscape.
Kate Prince: Every Move She Makes
chosen by Ruth Hardie, Interim Head of Public Programming
‘Groove on Down the Road was one of the first performances I saw in the Queen Elizabeth Hall after starting work at the Southbank Centre and I fell in love with the style and creativity behind it. Kate Prince, founder and Artistic Director of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and ZooNation Youth Company – who are Youth Company in Residence here at the Southbank Centre – is a dance pioneer. Her company and choreography have transformed the profile of Hip-Hop and Street Dance and inspired new generations of dancers. This documentary gives behind the scenes insight into what goes into making such a complex original dance show.’
I Saw The World End
chosen by Cliff Lauson, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery
‘This new digital commission by the Imperial War Museum marks a significant and tragic moment in Japanese and world history – 75 years since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As a collective 'reading', the work gives visual form and voice to texts drawn from a number of perspectives, including survivors.
‘Out of respect for all those affected by the recent explosion in Beirut, the artwork’s launch was relocated from a large public location to a much more modest presentation within the Museum. There, it provides a contemplative space for reflection on the past and on all such catastrophes.’
(aspects of I Saw The World End contain graphic language and first-hand accounts of the atrocities so discretion is advised)
Jan Enkelmann: Lockdown London
chosen by Glen Wilson, Senior Content Editor, Digital
‘In the early weeks of lockdown, back when ‘Thursday, 8pm, “Clap”’ was the only thing in our diaries, photographer Jan Enkelmann began taking his camera on his nightly cycling excursions across London. The images he captured have now been curated online in a captivating collection entitled Lockdown London, offering a chance to see the city in a way few of us would have experienced before. “Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed,” suggests Enkelmann. Either way, his images offer a welcome sense of peace at a time when so much seems to be in constant flux.’
So You Think You're Funny? Best Bits
chosen by Pax Lowey, Comedy Programmer
‘Each Thursday night throughout August, Edinburgh Fringe institution the Gilded Balloon is releasing compilation shows with never-before-seen highlights from their comedy newcomer competition So You Think You're Funny?
‘This week's episode features an astounding line-up of household names, showing them on the cusp of breaking through to mainstream success — including Aisling Bea, Sarah Millican, Seann Walsh, Doc Brown, Maisie Adam, and Zoe Lyons. With the big names due to continue in later episodes with comedians such as Netflix megastar Hannah Gadsby.
‘These performances do include strong language and explicit anecdotes, along with occasionally lively audience members — but for those of us missing live comedy, it's lovely to experience these again!’
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