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Opera North’s production of ‘The Makropulos Case’ marks the conclusion of their journey through Janáček’s mature operas. It tells the story of Emilia Marty, (or ‘EM’ – as she says, you can’t live for over 300 years without changing your name!) who has become disillusioned with life. The orchestra opens with an energetic overture, marking […]

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The opening of The White Collar Zoo Café and Gallery is imminent, but before business begins the PRE-FAB exhibition has taken residence for a few days, utilising the bare, industrial space and grabbing the chance to introduce the forthcoming café as an art space and exhibition venue.     The White Collar Zoo Foundation aims […]

A dimly lit pile of bare bodies, entwining and twisting over each other to form a new contorted heap on the silent stage… So opens Retina Dance Company’s ‘Layers of Skin’. As the title suggests this performance reaches beneath the surface, using the movement of the body to discover what is under the skin. Set […]

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Paper, slate, glass, and even maps become the medium on which Anne Desmet’s collection of 30 prints and engravings, ‘Olympic Metamorphoses’, documents the construction of the 2012 Olympic site near her home in East London.   Through capturing the site from an aerial perspective Desmet draws attention to the intricacies of these large-scale buildings. The […]

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A bird soars across the wall, the sirens sound, stones fall… As you are taken into the dim, fire lit studio, the sound of the wind whistling around you, you could easily believe you had been transported to the Yorkshire moors – thankfully without the torrential downpours. While the unpredictable “British Summer” meant that all […]

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The final night of Jamie Reid’s month-long Ragged Kingdom at Temple.Works.Leeds celebrated a month of visits, workshops, music and art inspired by the work of Jamie Reid. It was a celebration of the Temple Works building and its impressive 2 acre main space, but most importantly the evening was held in memory of Brian Bird, […]

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While Jamie Reid’s month-long retrospective ‘Ragged Kingdom’ was on show at Temple.Works.Leeds, I sat down for a chat with the man himself and his daughter, Rowan. Jamie offered some fascinating insights into his views, his ideas and why he chose TempleWorks for this fantastic exhibiton. As an industrial space with a strong working history it’s […]

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The first party to support Jamie Reid’s month-long exhibition, ‘Ragged Kingdom’ at Temple.Works.Leeds, ensured, in true punk-style, that this residency would be far from quiet… The first band of the night, Hospital Food, performed Old Time Punk with a strong Modern twist. They set the tone with their well constructed songs and sing-along choruses. They were followed by the loud […]

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Thursday night saw the opening of Jamie Reid’s Ragged Kingdom at Temple Works, Leeds. A lively evening full of art, music and tepees, this month long exhibition looks set to be fresh and engaging.   Offering a broad selection of works, many familiar and some less well known, the main space of this exhibition moves through […]

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The White Cloth Gallery has only recently opened in Leeds, so when I had the chance to pop along to their opening of Chris Floyd’s exhibition ‘140 Characters’, it was the perfect opportunity to explore! Chris Floyd: 140 Characters (White Cloth Gallery, Leeds) “So here they are.  My new friends.  140 characters.  No more and no less.” This […]

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‘When Piano’s Drop… Why Rush?’ Part of a trio of festivals, Why Rush? brought artists together from London and Leeds for a weekend event of performance art, music, dance, theatre and many weird and wonderful goings on…   SLIM PRO 6 AND THE BOBETTES: A man who hears music in frying bacon? A piano’s last […]

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This is a little review I wrote for Bmibaby’s ’48 hours in’ feature. Carl and I were sent off to discover Glasgow for the weekend… and yes, it sounds like we spent the weekend eating, and to be honest I think we did…     After an early start we arrived in Glasgow and immediately […]

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The fluid, graceful arm movements of the Manipuri dance begin and a female dancer travels slowly around the floor, rising and falling in the midst of her elaborate ‘patloi’ costume… The fluid, graceful arm movements of the Manipuri dance begin as a female dancer travels slowly around the floor, rising and falling in the midst […]