Tag: performance

Dancing about migration

It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. I’ve never been convinced. Human beings are not locked into silos. They are not fixed in place like trees.  Translating experiences from one form or language or culture to another… Read More

Theatre and community

It’s been a while since I last added anything here, partly because I’ve been meeting artists whose work is supported through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Central Asia. As ever, I came back inspired by what people do in… Read More

A Masterclass in Participatory Art

I was thinking about you guys yesterday. I’ve been here three times before and I think I understand a little bit about how you feel about some things. It’s none of my business how you feel about some other things – and… Read More

Art across borders

Migranland It is in the nature of artistic work to reach beyond the boundaries of language, culture and context. You don’t need to know anything about Japan in the Edo era to be captivated by the prints of Hokusai or Kuniyoshi. You… Read More

Beyond control

 I want the heart, I want the soul, I want control right now Badlands (1978) Bruce Springsteen ‘Shackled and Drawn’ During the 1970s, when the NME was teaching me how to listen to music (and more besides) and punk challenged the Seventies rock… Read More

Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War

One of the Internet’s delights is the chance of finding, and sharing, art. I’ve always loved the elegiac tone of Paul Simon ‘s song. René and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the War. It sets the romance of  1950s New York in a… Read More

Art, religion and meaning

Last night’s piano recital in a Sheffield church highlighted once again the permeable boundaries between art and religion. The performance—which was captivating—was unobtrusively supported by small rituals designed to separate this experience from everyday life and so to help those present to… Read More

Life is precious, not safe

It’s a widely held idea that art is dangerous—or at least challenging. It threatens established thinking, especially the complacency of the bourgeoisie. It dances barefoot on the ‘cutting edge’. I’ve never been wholly convinced by that belief, though it flatters the egos… Read More

A question of evaluation (MCV5)

It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it It had been a wonderful performance, the culmination of a year long community project in a small town. The theatre was packed and the applause had rung loud and long…. Read More

Art’s alternative economies

It’s been hard to escape the Glastonbury Festival in the past couple of weeks and clearly many people had no wish to do so. It has become a very English success, capable— without losing its credibility—of embracing Prince Harry and Elvis Costello… Read More