Arts Ahead 25 Feb-3 Mar

By Zoe Craig Last edited 121 months ago
Arts Ahead 25 Feb-3 Mar

Roni Horn's You are the Weather. 1994-95. © The artist and Hauser & Wirth Zürich London Roni Horn
It's another packed week in London's cultural calendar. There's new art, dance and opera to tempt you, and that's before we've even got to theatreland. Pack your diary with plans to see some of the following:

London Shows Opening

For Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, which opens today at the Tate Modern, all the windows in the west galleries are being uncovered so her sculptures can be seen in shifting natural light. Nice.

Today's other big opening is The National Gallery's Picasso show. We've already told you about the projections; inside the exhibition shows how Pablo took on the Old Masters, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Goya etc. 60 massive pictures make up Picasso: Challenging the Past. It's going to be a goodie.

Dance-wise, the innovative Ballet Black is back at the Linbury Theatre from today. Look out for classic ballet fused with cutting-edge choreography from the dancers of black and Asia descent. Meanwhile Eonnagata brings cross-dressing dance and Japanese theatre techniques to Sadler's Wells from tomorrow.

We've got two operas opening for you this week, and they couldn't be more different. Bizet's big, bold, bull-fighting Carmen is back, and playing just 12 performances in the round at the Royal Albert Hall from tomorrow, while John Adam's new work, Doctor Atomic, opens tonight at the London Coliseum. Doctor Atomic focuses on the moral dilemma surrounding J. Robert Oppeheimer's apocalyptic invention: a grand operatic theme indeed, we think you'll agree.

Theatre tips to look out for include the London premier of Toyer, Gardner McKay's LA-based thriller at the reopened Arts Theatre from today, Bourgeois And Maurice's cabaret at the Soho Theatre from Monday, and the National Theatre's study of sexual jealousy in Stalinist Russia, Burnt By The Sun from next Tuesday.

Last Chance to See

Nicholas Hytner's "back by popular demand" Magic Flute closes at the Coliseum tomorrow. And the Royal Court's award-winning documentary about the 2007 floods The Caravan finishes on Saturday. Get there while you can: it got good reviews.

Sunday sees the end of the Ian Fleming and James Bond exhibition, For Your Eyes Only at the Imperial War Museum. It's also the last day of the excellent Taking Liberties season at the British Library. Take your pick from the above; if you're seeing something else, let us know...

Last Updated 25 February 2009