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Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan @ House of Illustration / until 10th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: from £7.50 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/anime-architecture-backgrounds-of-japan

This is the UK’s first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films. It features over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolour illustrations from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s artwork for Ghost in the Shell. 🎨

The artists were tasked with creating a universe for the director. Their fictional worlds reflected real-life concerns over ruthless urban development and erosion of identity, mirroring the films’ narratives and giving the backgrounds a crucial role to play. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.

The show includes Hiromasa Ogura’s watercolour paintings for Ghost in the Shell, an anime epic that informed pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities and based on photographs of Hong Kong, Ogura’s work depicts the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and looming, faceless skyscrapers.

Jungle Book @ Underbelly Festival Southbank / until August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Thu 3pm, Fri-Sun 12.45pm & 3pm

@ Underbelly Festival Southbank, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £11.50 book online

www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/the-jungle-book
www.mettatheatre.co.uk/productions/jungle-book

Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century. Fresh from its international tour, award winning Metta Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jungle Book will delight the whole family. Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze. 🌴🐒

Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century. Fresh from its international tour, award winning Metta Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jungle Book will delight the whole family.

Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze.

Choreographed by Kendra J Horsburgh (BirdGang Dance Company, Into the Hoods, Sadler’s Wells and Blaze, International Tour) and featuring jaw-dropping tricks from an extraordinary cast of international performers, this is a show for everyone from 8 to 108.

Grimeborn @ Arcola Theatre / until September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Tickets: from £10 with an Arcola Passport

www.arcolatheatre.com/grimeborn

Bold new versions of classic operas. Rarely-seen and long-forgotten works. Brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies. Whether it’s your first or your latest opera experience, you’ll be right at home at Grimeborn 2017.

 

THE MARRIAGE OF KIM K book online

The Kardashian musical 💋.
The Mozart opera 🎻.
At the same time 😍.

 

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN book online

Once upon a time, deep in the woods, a man caught a vixen… This humorous, life-affirming celebration of nature comes to Grimeborn with a brand new chamber arrangement.

 

HE SILKEN LADDER & A HUSBAND AT THE DOOR book online

A double bill about mistaken identities, mismatched lovers, narrow escapes and unexpected undergarments.

 

UNE EDUCATION MANQUÉE book online

A deliciously madcap and witty 45-minute French operetta about two teenaged newly-wed aristocrats.

 

DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED book online

Janáček’s song-cycle is updated as the video-diary of an asylum centre worker. A dramatic tale of cross-cultural love, identity and indecision from the acclaimed Shadwell Opera.

 

PORGY & BESS book online

For their latest outing to Grimeborn, Basement Orchestra contront Gershwin’s masterpiece, telling the story with key details and extracts, live singers and dazzling musicianship.

 

OPERA MOUSE book online

Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Don’t miss this Sunday morning spectacular for young children and adults alike.

 

ARMIDE book online

Armide falls for her nemesis will she pick love, or vengeance? Ensemble OrQuesta brings this thrilling tale of desire, betrayal and magic from the crusades into the present.

 

V book online

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night , V is a devised musical by young people aged 14-25 from Arcola’s award-winning Creative Engagement department.

 

SAMSON AND DELILAH book online

The source of Samson’s power is a secret – but when Delilah decides to root it out, her discovery threatens to change the course of history forever. A new production from WhatsOnStage award-winner Aylin Bozok (Werther, Pelléas et Mélisande).

 

COLLISION book online

Part absurdist science-fiction, part sultry cabaret, Collision is a Dada-esque piece with new cabaret and jazz influenced music. How would you spend your world’s end weekend?

 

IL LETTO book online

Told by Puccini’s wife Elvira Bonturi, Il Letto is a tale about the destructive tensions between real life and opera, heroines and muses.

 

FUN AT THE FESTIVAL book online

A real treat for opera and new writing lovers, these three little gems make for a fun-filled evening at the festival.

 

THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY book online

The multi-award-winning, five-star production returns to London. In Chicago, 1924, two college kids sign a contract in blood. Can they carry out the perfect crime?

 

The Tequila Festival @ Studio 338 / Saturday 19th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 1pm-11pm

@ Studio 388, 338 Boord Street, London SE10 0PF

Tickets: from £20 book online

www.fatsoma.com/london-tequila-festival

The Tequila Festival is coming to the UK ahead of a national tour around 16 major cities in the UK.

You will embark on a Tequila tasting journey with over 30 Tequilas to try out. On arrival, as well as being handed a complimentary shot, you will receive a Tequila Bibleto to guide you through their Tequila experience. 💃🕺🏽

Traditional Mexican dancers will twirl while a Mariarchi band provides live music. DJs will be spinning house music with a Latin twist throughout, and a range of spectacular performers will entertain the crowds, alongside colourful pinatas and processions.

Guests can visit the Tequila cocktail bar, as well as enjoy specialist Mexican food stalls. The Tequila Festival is a celebration of the history, culture, and variety of tastes of this much-loved drink! 🍹🍹🍹

lululemon’s Sweatlife Festival @ Tobacco Dock / Saturday July 22nd 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 09:45 – 19:30

@ Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF (Wapping Lane entrance)

Tickets: £30 book online

www.thesweatlife.co.uk/schedule

Release everything and step into a powerful day of mind altering, body-stoking sweat, endorphins, knowledge and connection. Set your intention and sign up for sweat sessions like you’ve never experienced before, nicely balanced with insight, meditation and nourishment to get you through the day. Mindfully designed by lululemon London, featuring a lively crew of local sweatxperts in yoga, boxing, pilates, spin, barre, bootcamp, dance, rowing and crossfit, we’ll be fired up to see you sweating your whatever off. 🙏

Psycle London has created two new classes, and will be offering exclusive previews at Sweatlife:

Psycle Barre: This new signature barre method that has been designed by a team of experts to build strength, flexibility, agility, speed, balance and mental focus – without losing the fun. The choreography is based on the rhythm of energising playlists and it takes you through all the planes of movement to get deep into the belly of each major muscle group.

Psycle HIIT: has been designed to deliver a powerful, high intensity interval workout that will leave every part of your body worked. Using a mixture of TRX, kettle-bells, dumbbells and bodyweight exercises, the classes are challenging, highly effective, and push your limits. This class is designed to give amazing metabolic benefits – be prepared to sweat!

Muaythai inspired HIIT with Jamie Ray, star Trainer from Another Space: Get yourself ready to combine high intensity training with traditional Muaythai striking. Be prepared to not only sweat but overcome physical and mental barriers in this new and refreshing hybrid martial art discipline. A new concept which will leave you standing fighting strong.

Yoga for the Brain with Heather Mason: The most pervasive research finding in yoga trials is that it reduces stress and lifts mood.  An increasing body of evidence finds that yoga may lead to these changes because it is able to change brain chemistry, functioning and anatomy.  In this talk we will review cutting-edge research which elucidates how yoga gives rise to brain change.  We will also look at specific practices that specifically help to promote these positive changes in individuals suffering from mental health issues.

Primal Flow with Sam Burrows: Primal flow improves strength, flexibility and balance by drawing on fast paced dynamic movements and animal locomotion. Incorporating crawls, jumps, lunges, squats, inversions and static holds these sessions will have you moving like a beast.

Yoga with Live Harp Music: Classical music has been scientifically proven to induce feelings of relaxation and wellbeing, and there is no better instrument than a harp to do just this. Join acclaimed yogi Katy Bateman as she eases you through a guided yoga practice, complete with the soothing sounds of a classically trained harpist. This unique class will be live-streamed on Facebook too, meaning even those that can’t be present on the day can enjoy the experience.

Boxing Fundamentals with Chris Baugh: Come join lululemon Ambassador and former pro boxer Chris Baugh as he brings his boxing expertise to the fitness ring. Get sweaty and learn the fundamentals of the sweet science at the Sweatlife festival!

45 Workouts in 45 with Ally Gray: Come join Ambassador Ally Grey as he takes you through 45 workouts in 45 minutes in a circuit that you won’t forget. This engaging class will leave you feeling energised… but also with a slight burn.

Metabolic with Lawrence Hannah: Join Lawrence for a HIIT and strength training class: Metabolic. Using only the body weight we will work through a range of intensity levels and tempo to torch fat while adding strength to promote lean definition in the muscles. Big group, big energy, hard work, good feeling.

How to Train Your Posterior Chain with On Your Marks: Alex Marks, Head Personal Trainer of OYM, will take you through his signature glute activation and core class. Go from having a sleepy bum to an active ass and tight abs, in 40 short minutes. On Your Marks is an initiative with the aim of encouraging novices into sport, both to achieve their own personal challenges and to raise awareness of meningitis.

The above will be joining the likes of Xtend Barre, Barry’s Bootcamp, Breathe Studios, Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, My Pilates, Psycle, UN1T, Lift the Movement, Rowingwod, Perpetua Fitness and The Foundry. Not to mention, a whole host of inspirational speakers and yoga teachers – and the hugely popular lululemon Om the Move Meditation Bus. Urban Massage will also be joining the fray, to offer tired fitness fans the most relaxing ways to sooth those aching muscles.

WALALA x PLAY @ NOW Gallery / until 24th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

@ NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ

Free entry

www.nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play

Renowned digital print designer Camille Walala is showcasing her work as the gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator with an interactive abstract installation and immersive maze.

Visitors are welcomed to explore, examine and enjoy a labyrinthine network of corridors and enclosed spaces in a ‘temple of wonder’ created by Walala Studio. A key part of this installation will be an imaginative puzzle which invites the solver to identify the inconsistencies between two otherwise identical images. WALALA x PLAY brings this concept off the page and into three- dimensional space, inviting visitors to linger and explore colour, shape and scale, contemplating formidable pattern to find the differences.

The anomalies and asymmetries will generally be discreetly positioned, requiring visitors to scrutinize the space from all angles to complete the puzzle. Secret spots will be found when looking down from the balcony or looking up at the suspended elements. This element of physicality will encourage individuals to become more aware of their bodies, engage their minds and give themselves over to PLAY.

Visitors are encouraged to pass through the gallery and experience a range of spaces, some open, some tight and uncomfortable, some with dead ends. With walls of different heights, passageways of different widths, curved and zigzag paths, the installation addresses the idea of human scale. It ensures that visitors leave with not only a visual impression of the installation, but transformed by the experience of their own passage through it.

Mirrored panels reflect the space back on itself; suspended shapes introduce a feeling of lightness and playful disorientation – the installation is a journey that will challenge, reward and engage the visitor in equal measure.

The waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the internal shapes and angles of the Marks Barfield buildings are referenced and represented in the ideas of flow and reflection that define WALALA x PLAY. The layout of the installation playfully mirrors the shape of the building. The gallery sets the template for the flow of the space.

Ping Pong
Two unique ping pong tables are available in the Peninsula Garden. Get a bat and ball from NOW Gallery reception and play a WALALA game of ping pong.

Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm

Dreamers Awake @ White Cube Bermondsey / 17th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

@ White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Free entry

www.whitecube.com

A group show at White Cube Bermondsey which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists. The exhibition brings together sculpture, painting, collage, photography and drawing from the 1930s to the present day and includes work by well-known Surrealist figures as well as contemporary and emerging artists. 🚺

Woman has a powerful presence in Surrealism. She is the object of masculine desire and fantasy; a harpy, goddess or sphinx; a mystery or threat. Often, she appears decapitated, distorted, trussed up. Fearsome or fetishized, she is always the ‘other’. From today’s perspective, gender politics can seem the unlikely blind spot of a movement that declared war on patriarchal society, convention and conformity.

Nonetheless, from its earliest days female artists have been drawn to Surrealism’s emphasis on personal and artistic freedoms and to the creative potential that the exploration of the unconscious offered. By focusing on the work of women artists, ‘Dreamers Awake’ hopes to show how, through art foregrounding bodily experience, the symbolic woman of Surrealism is refigured as a creative, sentient, thinking being.

Repossessed by its owner, the fragmented, headless body of Surrealism becomes a vehicle for irony, resistance, humour and self-expression. Ranging beyond those who might identify themselves as Surrealists, the show traces the influence of the movement where artists delve into the unconscious; create alternative realities; invent fetishistic objects, such as Mona Hatoum’s Jardin Public (1993), that subvert the objectification of the female form, or, in the spirit of Claude Cahun’s iconic black and white self-portraits from the 1930s, play with gender identity as a fluid construct.

The exhibition features works by women associated with the Surrealist movement – including Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Dorothea Tanning and Leonor Fini – who until recently, were often characterised simply as muses, models or mistresses. Works by Francesca Woodman, Hannah Wilke, Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Kiki Smith, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, among others, testify to the far-reaching influence of Surrealism through the intervening decades. Surrealism meets punk in the work of Linder, and infuses the separate cultural heritages of Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman and Japanese painter Tomoko Kashiki.

Today, one hundred years since Apollinaire coined the term ‘surrealisme’, the unconscious mind is familiar territory, and the word ‘surreal’ itself debased to the point of meaninglessness. But in a world preoccupied with the politics of identity, in which the advances of previous generations must be continually defended, we see the continued – even renewed – relevance of surrealist ideas and strategies to a generation of emerging artists, including Sascha Braunig, Jordan Kasey, Loie Hollowell, Kelly Akashi, and Caitlin Keogh.

Just Eat Food Fest @ Red Market / from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 14th July 5.00pm-11.00pm
Saturday 15th July 12.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday 16th July 12.00pm-9.00pm

@ Red Market, London EC1V 9LA

Free entry, £4 for each food ticket

www.justeatfoodfest.co.uk

Just Eat’s Food Fest returns to Red Market in London for three days of food, music and fun. This year’s theme will see the festival address the hypothetical scenario regularly pondered by foodies – If I was stranded on a remote desert island, what would be my ultimate desert island dish? 🏝😜

Just Eat will cater to this very question at Just Eat Food Fest: Desert Island Dishes, serving up the nation’s most loved takeaway dishes they couldn’t live without if stranded on a desert island.

Just Eat Food Fest: Desert Island Dishes will transport guests to a summery beach-inspired space, offering delicious cuisines from across the globe, cocktails and a line-up of popular live music bringing island vibes to life in the heart of London.

Friday Late x Boiler Room @ V&A / Friday 30th June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:30–22:00

@ Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

Free entry, arrive early before it gets to a one-in-one-out policy!

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

As the opening event of REVEAL, a week-long festival celebrating the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, V&A Friday Late teams up with the online music broadcasting platform Boiler Room to present a dynamic programme of experimental sounds. We invite you to explore what happens when the digital and physical collide. Step into pixel-rich interfaces to question the freedom of online broadcasting, and join global link-ups live from New York and Tokyo.

RSVP on Facebook.

Summer Exhibition 2017 @ Royal Academy of Arts / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun 10am – 6pm
Fri 10am – 10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £14 book online

www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2017

Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition ☀️😎 represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.

Almost 250 years ago, the RA’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now, nearly 250 years later, ahead of our big anniversary in 2018, Royal Academician Eileen Cooper, explores themes of discovery and new talent from her unique position as Keeper of the Royal Academy – the Academician who is responsible for supporting and guiding the students.

Cooper takes on the mantle of coordinating the largest open submission exhibition in the world, hanging over 1,200 works by artists established and lesser-known in the space of just eight days. Don’t miss work by internationally renowned artists Rosemarie Trockel, Julian Schnabel, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki, Mark Wallinger and Sean Scully RA, as well as submissions by new Royal Academicians including Gilbert & George and David Adjaye. Other highlights include Yinka Shonibare RA’s six metre high colourful wind sculpture in the RA Courtyard, and Farshid Moussavi RA’s unique focus on construction coordination drawings in the Architecture Gallery.

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