Soprano and novelist Judith Mok is launching “Gods of Babel”, her innovative first volume of poetry in the English language at the Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, next Friday August 26th at 6pm. Curious? Well, you’re invited…
How exciting to see Amanda (aka “Ireland” as she was referred to by her fellow performers), sharing Manchester’s Lowry Stage with Marina Abramovic, Antony Hegarty, Willem Dafoe, and a host of stellar performers (Kira O’Reilly, Ivan Civic, Andrew Gilchrist, the Svetlana Spajic Group, et al), at Manchester International Festival 2011 last Friday night.
Royal Ballet-trained Joanna Banks, who is director of The College of Dance, Monkstown, has performed in Coppelia over 300 times in her career as an international ballerina. She can’t wait to see the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of the ballet, which is opening at Grand Canal Theatre tonight.
“You watched her from the side, and you could see it already in her eyebrow, that the right eyebrow was lifting, or going down, or she started to smoke a cigarette. I mean all the signs, we knew them. And we knew ‘forget about it’. And we stopped the music and said OK – we try the next one”. Matthias Burkert, Pina Bausch’s Musical Collaborator.
I was greeted by a skinny kid. Killian Farrell was 16, and he handed me a 270-page brick of a score, heavily peppered with black dots. Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Johannes-Passion”. Real music! I felt I was being asked to learn the phone book.