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CONCERT REVIEW: Ukraine: An Artist’s View – a captivating act of cultural diplomacy

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This was the premiere of Olesya Zdorovetska’s launch of her project, Telling Sounds. Sitting down, I immediately discerned a sprinkling of Eastern European accents, complimenting the authentic feel of Dash Arts. The stage was minimalistic; we were left to focus on Olesya and her Tsymbaly. Zdorovetska, clad in a vibrant red top, was enthralling. It…

Alexandra de Stanford Wallitt | 28/01/2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’ at the Union Theatre – simplified production deserves the benefit of the doubt

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Tracy Letts’ adaptation of Chekhov’s 1900 play – directed by Phil Wilmott – gives an English, deadpan intonation to Russian humor. The expansive, often ironic comedy characteristic of Chekhov’s plays persists even though Letts has cut and altered considerable portions of the original text. The layout of the Union Theatre in Southwark, which has the…

Andreea Scridon | 27/01/2017
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On homeland mythologies and empowerment: an interview with Czech film-maker Petr Václav

Just before the Barbican screening of his award-winning 2016 film We Are Never Alone, director Petr Václav took some time to frame his work in a conversation that started out with questions about Czech identity, and ended on post-truth masculinity and why We Are Never Alone is, essentially, a feminist film: women have a future,…

Julia Secklehner | 12/12/2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Franciszka Themerson: Lines and Thoughts – ‘a near perfect mix of abstraction and tender humour’

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Normally, l’étrangère exhibits works by contemporary artists, but the gallery is currently focussing on Franciszka Themerson (1907-1988), a Polish-born artist who contributed to the interwar avant-garde in Poland, before eventually ending up in the UK amidst the turmoil of the Second World War. What we see at l’étrangère is Themerson’s work from the early 1950s…

Julia Secklehner | 12/12/2016
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A “Poem” for the Romanian Verse: an inspiring introduction to 1980s Romanian poetry

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‘It is always inspiring to look at a single decade of a single country and realize how absolutely varied it is’ – Sean Shibe, guitarist A panel discussion was held at the Romanian Cultural Institute regarding the new edition of ‘Poem’ magazine that consists of translated Romanian poetry. The magazine’s prolific founder, Fiona Sampson, was…

Andreea Scridon | 05/12/2016