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Three hours of Gin. This Saturday. Bloomsbury.

Friday, 29 June, 2012

Celebrate Richard Barnett’s book The Dedalus Book of Gin on this guided walk into the darker side of Enlightenment London.

Eighteenth-century London was awash with cheap, fiery gin. William Hogarth and Henry Fielding railed against it; politicians legislated against it; doctors blamed it for destroying the nation. But what was the truth behind the epidemic of depravity? Celebrate Richard Barnett’s book The Dedalus Book of Gin on this guided walk into the darker side of Enlightenment London. This tour of the historical gin hotspots of Soho and Covent Garden, ends with a book-signing and a glass of gin at Treadwell’s Bookshop. Tickets include a copy of The Dedalus Book of Gin and a complimentary glass of gin. The event is supported by Hendrick’s.

30 June 2012 at 2:45 pm

Duration: 3 hours

Treadwell’s Books
33 Store Street
0207 240 8906


Rich Mix Theatre, Dance London: June 29th, 30th

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

Stand By Premiere, plus other work

Claudia Palazzo

In western society women are taught to be individual and independent. Dependence on other people is looked upon as weak. Same too with dependence on substances. Are these two categories of dependence are similarly devastating? When is independence destructive? Choreographer Maddy Wynne-Jones tackles these questions with the courage and innovation that has become her trademark.

Stand-By will be premiered in a triple bill celebrating the versatility, diversity, and momentum of the Tempered Body collective, presenting in addition two brand new works by TBDT dancers Claudia Palazzo and Holly Blakey.

Tempered Body Dance Theatre have been gaining recognition since their beginning in 2007. Founded by Canadian choreographer Maddy Wynne-Jones, the company has been Resident Company of Chisenhale Dance Space since 2009, and Associate Company of Rich Mix since April 2011


Kilburn Film Festival – Five Continents in North London

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

28 June to 8 July

Kilburn Film Festival features film from Nigeria, India, Ireland, Brazil, France, Senegal, Japan, Australia and more, plus classics and films by artists, by older people, by children. With talks refreshments and music.

One highlight is the Films by Artists evening on 5 July.

TIME CLIPS THE WINGS OF LOVE: Si Sapsford / 2012 . Evoking the innocence of old Hollywood films and inspired by a woman’s memory of her first sexual awakening as she reflects on the passage of time.

HOPE AND GLORY: Si Sapsford / 2012 . A boy running in snow is juxtaposed with conversation between former crew members of Steve Fosette’s multihull Cheyenne reflecting on the politics and bureaucracy of the Jules Verne 2004 non-stop round the world race.

IN PROGRESS: Noemi Lakmaier /2012. Femininity, disability and the expectations and stereotypes associated with both are explored through filming a woman’s face as she performs ambiguous yet seemingly private tasks.

DOUBLE PENDULUM: Faisal Abdu’Allah / 2012 Faisal teamed up with scientists to show how polluted air in East London could threaten athletes at the Games and how pollution shortens the lives of the people living near them, the poor, who are often from ethnic minorities. Features athlete Jeanette Kwakye and footballer Anthony Grant.

Tin Tabernacle, 12-16 Cambridge Rd., NW6 5BA


Spirit of Rio, at Battersea Arts

Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

Part of LIFT and the London 2012 Festival. 8 July 3-10pm

This summer the spirit of Rio will be landing on the streets of London as the Rio Occupation London rolls into town.

Marking the link between London 2012 and Rio 2016, 30 of the city’s most exciting artists will be turning up the Brazilian heat in London in the run up to the Olympics with an eye-watering series of performances, parties, pop-up films and music events presented across the city.

This month-long occupation kicks off with a big Brazilian party thrown at Battersea Arts Centre featuring film, theatre, music and DJs including João Brasil . So grab yourself a caipirinha, explore the building and enjoy the best Rio has to offer all wrapped up in one long party.


Mysteries of Puppetry. A full day at the Wellcome Collection

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Objects of Emotion 16 June 2012, 10.30 – 17.00

A performance of The Table, by Blind Summit is included in the day

As humans, we have an ability to empathise with one another. Reading emotions and sharing them are integral to our survival and social cohesion. But why is it that objects can also spark these feelings in us? When we watch puppets, what triggers our emotions? Is it their movement or is it simply the stories they tell? And can we be just as moved by everyday objects?

None of these questions have straightforward answers, but this unique event tries to uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.

The morning will start with an extract of Blind Summit’s critically acclaimed performance The Table, followed by discussion about the relationship between puppeteers and puppets. Satellite performances will happen over lunch, followed by a discussion about the ways humans relate to objects in the afternoon.

£20 full price/£15 concession including a full day of discussion and performance as well as lunch and refreshments.

To book, please call 020 7611 2222.


Young deaf or disabled filmmakers: bursary available

Friday, 11 May, 2012

USHOOT:USCREEN are looking for inspiring ideas for short films on the theme of “Values”.

The best six will be given a Filmmaking Bursary and Mentor Award. The deadline for applications is 15th June 2012. Bursary Winners must make their film by the end of September 2012.

Schools, Youth Groups, Colleges and Communities are invited to encourage any deaf and disabled aspiring filmmakers, aged 14 to 25, from across the South East, to apply for the opportunity to win a £1500 film bursary to make a film with expert advice from a Professional Film Mentor.

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Ray Lee’s Ethometric Museum at Battersea Arts

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

May 18 – May 26, 2012
18 – 19 & 25 – 26 May
7:30pm & 9pm

Have you ever wondered how electricity could make you feel happy? This may not be quite like anything you will have heard (or seen) before. You are going to be taken into the Ethometric Museum, a gallery of amazing electrical curiosities.

Inside you will bathe in the resonant Ethometric waves of the ‘Sonionic Analyser’, watch as the ‘Multiwave Oscillethergraph Generator’ begins to spin, and contemplate the mysteries of the ‘Ethomagnetrons’. Each machine emits specific harmonic frequencies and through their precise manipulation the skilled operator will realign your ‘super-electrical field’. You will feel happy.

Ethometric Museum is an immersive journey into a hypnotic and mesmerising world.




The City Will Crumble. 8/9 May. Brighton

Friday, 4 May, 2012

New dance theatre company Nyctolopic comes to the Brighton Fringe after a successful London debut. Nyctolopic presents The City Will Crumble, a new dance theatre piece with original music, at The Warren, Russell Place, Brighton, 8th and 9th May 2012, 7pm.

The City Will Crumble is a full-length dance-theatre piece that describes the reaction to a great socio-economic shock: film noir as a reflection of the Great Depression and its aftermath.

We live in times with strong parallels to that earlier era – most obviously a devastating economic crash. Then and now, breathtaking technological changes seem to offer great opportunities but at the same wear down honest human relations. Prosperity for the few masks a lack of consent and the vulnerability of those at the bottom. Faith in progress gives way to powerlessness in the face of a social system whose efficiency depends on making the mass of individuals replaceable, insignificant, and, therefore, disposable.

This work adapts – in original stage movement and music – the aesthetic, psychological and narrative elements of film noir to tell the story of a dark city in 2012.


Second Hand Dance: helping to reinvigorate libraries

Tuesday, 24 April, 2012

Dance in unexpected locations

Choreographer Rosie Heafford

Second Hand Dance are bringing dance activities into libraries this summer through performances and workshops. This June and July they will be touring Paper Solo, a collaboration between choreographer Rosie Heafford and visual artist Josie Davis, to libraries across London and the South East. The interactive performances will feature at a selection of  libraries including the recently opened Canada Water library and Clapham Library.

Get involved in Paper Solo
Paper Solo is a short but delicate solo dance that weaves its way around an intricately cut paper structure, with the added bonus of free workshops to accompany the event. An inviting family friendly environment will encourage young and old to make paper sculptures and create their own dances. Suitable for families and people of all ages and abilities; so satisfy your crafty urges and explore your creative potential in libraries this Big Dance season. For more information visit Second Hand Dance

–      9th June 2012, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR
–      23rd June 2012 Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR
–      24th June 2012 The Arc, 39 Weston Drive, Caterham, CR5 3XY
–      30th June 2012,  Clapham Library, The Library Building, Clapham High Street, SW4
–      12-14th July 2012, Surrey Libraries (TBC)


International Dance Festival Birmingham, begins today

Monday, 23 April, 2012

Today is the first day of the IDFB, and the opening week sees a full programme of free outdoor performances, world class theatre shows and opportunities to get involved in the festival.

First up is the premiere performance of Home, which starts at 1.30pm today, as dancers animate Birmingham city centre using ideas, inspirations and choreographic material contributed by 1000 individuals through workshops, open days, and uploading films online, all relating to people’s feelings about the theme of ‘Home’, and what it means to them.

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