Not one, but two Swan Lakes swim into town this week. Take your pick from The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s version at the New Wimbledon Theatre, or the Moscow City Ballet at The Hackney Empire. Expect world-class dance interpretations this classic love story to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score at both.
Liverpool comes to Hampstead (in 3 Sisters on Hope Street), Hollywood hits Stratford (Marylin and Ella), and an Asian Tempest sweeps through Kingston’s Rose this week. Theatreland’s a topsy-turvy place.
Mates at the Tate
Imagine if your two best mates were some of the most important artists of their time, and you weren’t doing too badly either… You’d want Tate Modern to pick up on your friendship, and give the three of you a proper analysis together, wouldn’t you? Well, Dada creators Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia have got just this. The exhibition opens on Thursday, showing their shared sense of humour, pervy panache, and how they responded to each others’ ideas and innovations. Look out for Duchamp’s iconic “Fountain 1917″ (looks like a urinal to us); stroke your chin and see the foundations of today’s modern art being laid.
That’s just Ridiculusmus!
Ridiculusmus continue to chew their way through the Ridiculusmus & 15th Anniversary Programme at the Barbican with Say Nothing, an irreverent slice of Northern Irish reticence, where the general rule is ‘whatever you say, say nothing’. We’d love to explain more here, but we just can’t.
Eat Our Shorts
Romanian Film! That’s what Arts Ahead’s been missing all these weeks. Thankfully, three talented young Romanian film makers are the guests of the 6th NAHEMI – Eat Our Shorts Film Festival at BFI Southbank today and tomorrow. Check out two days of screenings, debate and seminars involving fascinating film and documentary makers.
Saturday sees the last performances of a couple of big show from London’s theatre scene. Othello, with the yummy Ewan McGregor ends its sell-out run at the Donmar. (Psst; there’s always a chance of tickets, if you show up on the day.) Shadowlands, the story of CS Lewis’s doomed love for American divorcee and terminal cancer patient Joy Gresham, is also playing to its final curtain this weekend.
Catch ‘em if you can.
Image shows Moscow Ballet La Classique: Swan Lake