All Sorts

10 January 2008

The lovely Vlatka has three shows coming up in New York which seems unreasonable to me. Two of them even have openings on the same night, tonight. She has work in Cut Away at Anna Kustera Gallery, 520 West 21st Street which runs to Feb 16, 2008. She’s also one of three people in the new show at White Columns, 320 West 13th Street (Enter on Horatio Street, between Hudson and 8th Avenue) which runs from Jan 10 – Feb 16, 2008. White Columns has the beautiful collages I previewed a while back, as well as her To Nothing charts, and a lovely piece to take-away. Vlatka’s also in the same show as me – Skipping the Page – at The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd floor which runs from Jan 18 – March 29, 2008.

While I’m on the dates thing. The current season at Sadler’s Wells in London is pretty amazing. In the next couple of months they’re showing four evening’s (11, 18, 25 and 26 of Jan) comprising the whole trilogy of minimal and really inspiring duets by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion – Both Sitting Duet, The Quiet Dance and Speaking Dancepieces I wrote about a good while back. Sadler’s Wells is also presenting almost the entire back catalogue of the French conceptual choreographer Jerome Bel from Nom donné par l’auteur (1994) to Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005). Again it’s extraordinary, important work, and so great to see it brought together and celebrated here. Finally they have Pina Bausch in the programme presenting a double bill of Café Müller (1978) alongside Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring (1975). Can’t do the whole lot (too far, no time) but very much looking forward to making the trip to catch some of this stuff.

They asked me to write something, a kind of short intro to the Jerome Bel pieces. Scratching the surface really but I’ll be posting the whole of it tomorrow.

Meanwhile I had a lot of fun writing for Barbara Campbell’s 1001 Nights Cast again yesterday. On a whim (inspired by the first line that came into my head after seeing the prompt) I took a break from the kind of comical-brutalist second-generation Endland stories I’ve typically been doing there. I really want to do more of those.. and I’m harboring plans to do something rather longer set in that world (I use the word advisedly and with a whole lot of quote marks as I picture Mike Harrison reading.) In the meantime you can find the rather more breezy and ironic $2900-dollars-a-night over at 1001. The fucked-upness is coming from a different place in this one.

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