2012 Jun 08 Art Attack: Manly Shakespeare, Mario Testino, Placido Domingo and Cartoon Subway Carnage
This week, fashion photographer Mario Testino opens his exhibit at the Today Art Museum, men act pregnant, a cartoon old man goes nuts on the subway, Placido Domingo of Three Tenors fame conducts the world’s most competitive opera battle … and just what the heck is an “incubator” anyway?
The UK’s Propeller Company takes on Shakespeare the way it used to be done: male actors only. This may be easy enough when they’re performing war drama Henry V (final show tonight, Jun 8), but not so much when there’s pregnancy involved, as happens in The Winter’s Tale (Jun 9-10). The Bard’s fans should catch this celebrated company while they’re in town, brought to us by the UK Now Festival.
Also from the folks at UK Now, a much-buzzed exhibit of images by Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino has just opened at the Today Art Museum. See the likes of Lady Gaga, Emma Watson and Madonna through his fabulous lens. For more, check out the event’s page on the UK Now site.
Also opening this weekend is Israeli artist Irit Tamari's solo show at the new Jiali Gallery near Beixinqiao. Expect charming photographic scenes made from cut-outs of pictures the artist took in Beijing. It's a study in homesickness for a place that's not technically your home. We should all know how that feels, right?
World Architecture News recently announced plans for a National Creative Cluster (NCC) in Songzhuang. The design by bid-winners Sasaki will include community parks, galleries, museums and educational institutes. The district is meant to serve as an “incubator,” which apparently no longer only applies to eggs and premature infants, but also to spaces where large amounts of money have been spent on industrial-chic environs so people can sit around on laptops and “just create.” Could this mean big things for Songzhuang?
You know the anger you’ve felt boiling inside you when people are especially rude and selfish on the subway? Well, this animator from the Communications University of China decided to express those in this short film of an old man who goes nuts with a light saber on the rows of people who refuse to give up their seats for him. If you haven’t read our article earlier this week about the film, or seen it ... really, we insist.
Opera fans should not miss the finals of Placido Domingo’s glamorous Operalia competition. Ten finalists will each perform a crowd-pleasing aria while the famous tenor conducts. Exciting times.
Also this week: a book talk about dramatic escapes from Hong Kong as it was surrendered to the Japanese in World War II, and another run of the NCPA’s original staging of Jane Eyre. As always, details below.
Have fun out there.
Mario Testino: Private View
Jun 7-27. The Peruvian fashion photographer has gotten up close and personal with almost every fashion icon you can think of. Now you can get a look, too. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). Today Art Museum (5876 0600)
Irit Tamari: Haojiu Bujian Le (Long Time No See)
Jun 9-Jul 8. A new hutong gallery showcases the Israeli artist’s photographs – dioramas of Beijing unrealities she created while longing for China after her return to Israel. Free. Jiali Gallery (8402 5613)
EVENTS THIS WEEK:
Drama: Henry V
The Propeller Company turns their all-male cast to conquering France. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)
Drama: The Winter’s Tale
The UK’s all-male Propeller Company on pregnancy and a suspect love triangle. Part of the UK Now Festival. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)
Placido Domingo’s Operalia: Finals
The ten finalists each perform one aria, accompanied by full orchestra. RMB 160-880. 7.30 pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)
Book Talk: Escape from Hong Kong
Tim Luard’s dramatic tale of military and government personnel who escaped during Hong Kong’s surrender to the Japanese in 1945. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)
Drama: Jane Eyre
The NCPA were the first to stage this Bronte novel, and it’s back for another run. RMB 180-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)