MoMA Online | Live from the Barbican | Voila! Europe 2020 | Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair | Root to Rise Yoga...
Brighten up your lockdown with our top picks to uplift your mind, body and soul this week. From exhilarating jazz to astonishing art, groundbreaking theatre to grounding yoga, The Week in Colour is full of ideas to help fill your week ahead with fun and enlightening experiences, which can be enjoyed at home.
EXPLORE MoMA Online. Fancy spending lockdown 2.0 far away, lost in one of the world’s greatest art galleries? Well, New York’s astonishing Museum of Modern Art has made a virtual trip across the pond possible through its ravishing collection of online artworks. With more than 89,000 works currently available to view online, you can absorb yourself in some of the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, search for your favourite artists and artworks and explore world class pieces from its collection, such as the enchanting ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh. The website also hosts amazing audio, visual and cultural content in the online magazine, which even includes the musical architecture of New York and the delicious ‘cooking with artists’ series giving something for all the senses for art-lovers everywhere.
WATCH the SEED Ensemble perform a special concert in honour of jazz great Pharoah Sanders, as part of the Live from the Barbican season and EFG London Jazz Festival 2020. As he turns 80, American tenor saxophonist Sanders is considered by many to be among the most important and influential jazz musicians of all time. Having made his name in John Coltrane’s mid-60s ensembles, his distinctive harmonically-rich yet raw free and spiritual playing style, earned him instant plaudits and a devout global following. Celebrating the Sanders legend, the 10-piece Mercury Award nominated SEED Ensemble, led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, will perform from his much-revered songbook. Some of the most exciting names in the UK jazz scene will be joining in the fun, including trumpeter Sheila-Maurice Grey (Kokoroko) and guitarist Sheila Tetteh (Maisha), as well special guests Ashley Henry on the keys, and sax powerhouse Shabaka Hutchings. The live performance is one of many exciting gigs lined up for the Live from the Barbican autumn season, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home and watched back up to 48 hours after the event.
The SEED Ensemble Live from the Barbican will be broadcast live on Saturday 14 November 2020, 8pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Barbican.org.uk. Follow @BarbicanCentre @LondonJazzFest and @seedensemble on Twitter for updates.
SEE Voila! Europe 2020, the festival of European theatre featuring an eclectic mix of live online real time performances from talented artists across the continent between 9-21 November. Produced in collaboration with London-based theatre The Cockpit, the multi-lingual festival this year includes mime, cabaret and puppetry performances, a bingo-game show, watch parties, and meet-ups with theatre makers. The programme includes a performance of Alice in Wonderland from Danish producers Asterions Hus, inspired by the imaginative ‘insubordinate’ costumes created by British designer Susan Marshall. London-based Polish actor Patrycja Dynowska invites you to get online from your very own bathroom for an informal #ShitChat about her one-to-one poetic performance entitled Sh*t Happens, which explores the taboos of pooing, public toilets, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. A raw production from queer collective Nakedpresents brings together cabaret, recorded interviews, dance and music to explore female strength and male vulnerability, while asking thought-provoking questions about what it means to truly be ourselves.
VISIT the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, the UK’s largest contemporary print fair taking place online this year from 12 November until 13 December. The month-long event showcasing the works of over 500 international artists and galleries invites you to discover the magic of contemporary print-making, from etching to monotype and screen printing. As well as browsing and buying art from the highest calibre of original contemporary print, you can join a series of online talks, panel discussions and demonstrations. This includes instagram live sessions with The Courtland’s Dr Rachel Sloan on printmaking through the ages, an all-female panel discussion on the future of women in print with Mollie Barnes, the founder of she_curates , an Interiors Q&A with the fair’s curator Lizzie Glendinning on interior design and how to incorporate prints into your home, and a discussion on how to start an art collection with The Young Collectors Club’s Charlotte Fletcher.
MOVE with Root to Rise Yoga with Adriene. With a fantastic toolkit of free online yoga tutorials on YouTube, Adriene Mishler has been helping her eight million subscribers find what feels good in their bodies and minds. Bringing the art of yoga to people around the world of all abilities, her friendly and thoughtful videos make yoga accessible and personalised and, in times of isolation and chaos, there is no better time to seek out a video that suits your mood, fitness level and goals. Based in Austin, Texas, and often with her assistance of downward dog, Benji, Adriene will make you smile (and one day even touch your toes!). This month her community theme is ‘Ground’ and her new video will help you feel rooted and ready to rise to new challenges.
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