Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 10th November, Shepherd’s Bush

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Lake Street Dive is an American four-piece band who create genre-defying, label-eluding music, self-described as ‘if the Beatles and Motown had a party together’; throw in the Beach Boys ca. Pet Sounds, and all the best bits of pop music up to the present day, too. Continue reading “Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire”

An interview with Professor Samba Gadjigo

SAMBA GADJIGO / ‘SEMBENE’ INTERVIEW

With the BLACK STAR BFI festival underway and the appreciation of more diverse works, people have a chance to reflect on the past histories and legacies with brand new-screenings from the work of the ‘Father Of African Cinema’, Ousmane Sembene. John Higgins had a chance to discuss the film-maker in a recent telephone interview.
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Light Years Review

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Beth Orton takes a step outside the music arena in Esther May Campbell’s atmospheric and poetic analysis of family connection and dysfunction. Whilst at times the dream-like visuals can sometimes take the audience out of the focus upon what the underlying message of the film is – that Orton plays a mother, separated from her family, whose daughter, Rose (Zamira Fuller) who longs to see her. Continue reading “Light Years Review”

An Interview with Irina Kolesnikova

Can you tell us about Her Name was Carmen? Why did you decide to create a contemporary spin on a classical piece?

As a mother of a young child I was struck by the number of children that are caught up in the refugee crisis. This shocked me and I knew I had to do something for them. As we are a ballet theatre, ballet is our tool. Continue reading “An Interview with Irina Kolesnikova”

Nabucco with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House

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The 9th June performance of Nabucco at Royal Opera House was a special treat, especially considering Placido Domingo’s age. A giant among tenors and a living operatic legend, Domingo was Nabucco, an aging king betrayed by a domineering adopted daughter, Abigaille. Continue reading “Nabucco with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House”