Diary December 2016Dance, exhibition, film & theatre

and a new gallery in Mayfair
2016-12-01
Culture

DANCE Up & Down

F Scott Fitzgerald’s last and, some would say, greatest novel, Tender Is The Night, is adapted into captivating and sensual ballet by maverick Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. Set in the Jazz Age, the story follows troubled therapist Dick Diver as he is drawn ever deeper into the fragile mind of his beautiful patient, heiress Nicole. Psychology segues into seduction as the stark confines of the lunatic asylum are transformed into the vibrant environment of a jazz club. See Eifman Ballet’s dancers, in lavish costumes, act out a paean to the pleasures of a most decadent era, to the strains of George Gershwin and the lush melodies of Franz Schubert. Until 10th December at the London Coliseum

FILM Collateral beauty

From David Frankel, director of The Devil Wears Prada, comes this moving tale of an ad executive, Howard (Will Smith), who stars writing letters to the universe, seeking answers after his daughter dies. Replies come in the shape of Keira Knightley as Love, Helen Mirren as Death and Naomie Harris as Time, all with wisdom to impart – if only he would listen. A modern fable with a message for anyone who has questioned the meaning of it all. Opens on 30th December in the UK

THEATRE King Lear

How we’ve missed the brilliance of Glenda Jackson since the two-time Oscar-winner switched careers in the early ‘90s to become a politician. Now, after she let Parliament last year, we face the enthralling prospect of an actor of true genius returning to the stage. At 80, Jackson is set to play King Lear, one of the great Shakespearean roles, applying her fearsome energy to overcome the challenges of a woman playing a man’s role. Co-starring Celia Imrie, Jane Horrocks and Rhys Ifans, and directed by Deborah Warner, this production looks set to be one of the most talked-about of the season. Until 2nd December at The Old Vic

EXHIBITION The Vulgar: Fashion redefined

It’s “excess” all areas in this exhibition of the most colourful, eye-catching and plain outrageous fashion items of the past three centuries – all to explore that most loaded of terms, “vulgar”. John Galliano’s creations for Dior sit alongside the 10ft-wide mantua skirts of the 1700s in a line-up featuring Vivienne Westwood, Moschino, Prada and Milliner Stephen Jones, all conjured up by psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and curator Judith Clark. Until 5th February at the Barbican

EXHIBITION Fear and Love: Reactions to a complex World

Welcome to the latest must-see destination for lovers of great design. Less than six months after its old site by the Thames shut down, the Design Museum is reborn in Kensington with a wholly revamped building to usher in a very different era for the gallery. Back on display goes the arresting permanent collection in which road signs, the Sony Walkman and even a Kalashnikov rifle jostle for space. But there’s also the exciting prospect of a new generation of provocative exhibitions, beginning with Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World, which features specially commissioned installations that look to the future in our fast-changing society. From 24th November at the Design Museum

BOOK Swing Time

In her latest novel, Zadie Smith, author of superb” White Teeth”, tells the tale of two London girls in the ‘90s, both of whom dream of making it as a dancer. But only one has the talent to take her to the top, while the other must settle for being a PA to a pop star. Switching between Europe and Africa, and certain to be steeped in Smith’s distinctive wit, this will be one of the landmarks books of 2016 and a likely contender for the next Man Booker Prize.

A new gallery in London

Art lovers can now head to the new gallery Kamel Mennour in London located in Mayfair. Pierre Yovanovitch has signed the interior design of this new space after realising 28 Avenue Matignon. The 51 Brook Street welcomes a specific programming in relation to the three Parisian galleries. We love the atmosphere of London apartment with curved windows, mahogany flooring, beautiful white walls and a bench nestling in one of the alcoves. www.hamelmennour.com

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