The Southbank’s chief executive, Elaine Bedell, said the centre gets more than 4.45m visitors every year. “The Southbank Centre’s own history is traced directly to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Here, the postwar government recognised how vital arts and culture were to the health and wellbeing of a traumatised nation. … [Read more...] about Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021
Centre stage dance
'Aye,' he says. 'It was a bit like that for me. That's what I liked about that movie. I hate my country for the way it holds people back, tells them they're not good enough. I hate the tabloid press for what it does to people. Never letting them be intelligent.' He pauses, catches himself, smiles. 'I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing .' He laughs, and he's away, doing what he does best. 'It's not just Scotland, it's all of Britain: this negativity. You can see it in the obsession with so-called reality TV. It's donkeys watching fucking donkeys. It's full of people who think you get bright by going to a gym. You know, we seem to have become a country where the highest ambition is to become a fucking television presenter or, worse, a children's television presenter. People who know so much about children that they think they like being shouted at. All those ninnies! Autocue comedians, … [Read more...] about Connolly on the couch
The makeshift theatre is massive, with seven loading-dock doors and a performance space measuring 60m by 40m. The audience is divided into four sections – “their own cities” says Warner. The performance, which includes acting, dancing and sophisticated choreography, takes place in the centre with the audience close to the action and each other. Each section of the audience is separated by screens that periodically show visions of Marco Polo’s travels. These visions are stunning: deserts, mountains, forests and cities. … [Read more...] about ‘Everything could go wrong’: Invisible Cities takes over Brisbane warehouse in massive show
Patricia Dowd, 57, San Jose, Calif., auditor in Silicon Valley. Marion Krueger, 85, Kirkland, Wash., great-grandmother with an easy laugh. Jermaine Ferro, 77, Lee County, Fla., wife with little time to enjoy a new marriage. Cornelius Lawyer, 84, Bellevue, Wash., sharecropper’s son. Loretta Mendoza Dionisio, 68, Los Angeles, cancer survivor born in the Philippines. Patricia Frieson, 61, Chicago, former nurse. Merle C. Dry, 55, Tulsa, Okla., ordained minister. Luis Juarez, 54, Romeoville, Ill., traveled often in the United States and Mexico. Michael Mika, 73, Chicago, Vietnam veteran. Black N Mild, 44, New Orleans, bounce D.J. and radio personality. Donald Raymond Haws, 88, Jacksonville, Fla., administered Holy Eucharist to hospital patients. Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with “the most amazing ear”. John Cofrancesco, 52, New Jersey, administrator at a nursing facility. Fred Walter Gray, 75, Benton County, Wash., liked his bacon and hash browns crispy. JoAnn … [Read more...] about U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss
The turning point was agreeing to contribute to the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Sydney Opera House in 2013. Warner became increasingly fascinated by Danish architect Jørn Oberg Utzon’s remarkable feat of design and engineering, and, more surprisingly, the tortuous wrangling that had gone on between planners and politicians to get this radical building signed off. 59 Productions’ work in Sydney celebrated the building’s awesome geometry, while drawing out the human angles that influenced its conception: “In all our productions we look for a story. [In Sydney], that was the building’s genesis. We collaborated with the structure, we made it dance. That’s why we have in-house architects and video designers. It’s the conversation between the two media: concrete and light. That’s where the interesting stuff is. Not in using buildings as screens, but where the physical meets the ephemeral.” … [Read more...] about How do you bring a derelict Manchester train station back to life?