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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Blue Orange

[MY NOTE: It is now just over a year since my last ‘review’ (’‘De La Guarda’’ ) , which largely wrote itself , as I had no intention of doing a review when I went to see the show . It was more a case of the spectacle staying with me and demanding to be recorded for posterity.  Last night’s performance was another such occasion ...]

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 2pm

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“Hidden” (“Cache”), The Movie

With the “Da Vinci Code” bandwagon going like a runaway train, despite its most uncatholic reviews, one could be forgiven for not remembering the successes of last year’s annual film jamboree in Cannes. The winner of the Palme D’Or 2005 is still playing in one or two ‘very select’ cinemas in London, after a spectacular run on the big screen – for a film which many might argue is better suited to DVD* and the smaller screen…

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Posted by Dej on 03 Aug around 10am

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Saturday, September 27, 2003

“Raising Victor Vargas” - The Gate, Notting Hill

A few words on the venue, before I get going…Does The Gate think that its shabbiness qualifies as boho-chic, or what?! The foyer is more like a cramped kiosk area and the availability of Japanese rice crackers as well as Ben & Jerry’s mini-tubs does little to redeem its credentials. I recommend a) the engagement of a more diligent, between-screenings cleaner - judging by the piles of popcorn on the sticky carpet, I’m not sure there was such an employee at all; and b) an ‘‘Electric’‘-style make-over, in keeping with the gentrification of the postcode. Perhaps this overwhelming, run-down vibe was all part of an interactive ruse to prepare us for the reality of the projects on the Lower East Side, where the story unfolds.

 

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Posted by Dej on 27 Sep around 3pm

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Tuesday, August 10, 1999

The Archer of Seville

This is not a previously untold story about the Sagittarian brother of the Barber, but rather one about the recently elected Tory candidate for the role as London’s Mayor.  Funnily enough, Lord Archer did declare at the Blackpool conference that titles were something of an inappropriate anachronism  going into the twenty first century, but I was of course blissfully ignorant of this view when I addressed him as “Mr. Archer” several weeks ago in Seville’s Museo de Bellas Artes.  To be fair, he did not wince at this appellation of a commoner, but slipped effortlessly into ‘action’ with a receptive, I-know-I-can-count-on-your-vote “good to see you!”  I had mistakenly heard “good to see you, again”, because although I certainly did not expect to be remembered by name, I had ‘met’ Jeffrey Archer on two previous occasions.

 

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Posted by Dej on 10 Aug around 3pm

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Saturday, May 15, 1999

“De La Guarda” @ The Roundhouse

The morning after the night before .........

The promotional artwork for this show carries the banner ‘‘As Good As Sex’‘, rather surprisingly attributed to The Guardian. I have to assume that this is one of those out-of-context quotes so universally overused by enthusiastic marketeers, as not only does it appear to be simplistically crass coming from such a respected organ, but at the risk of appearing to play the prude, it actually also undersells the show.  This spectacle of big-time sensuality is a massive assault on the senses:Teatre de Complicite blended with elements of Cirque du Soleil in an exhilarating, hallucinogen and amphetamine cocktail.

We’re talking: visual art installations, virtual reality, street party, rave, ghost train, rollercoaster, aerial wire work, acrobatic, female mud wrestling (you had to be there !) and alternative flamenco (Joaquim Cortez, eat your heart out !) - to give a flavour of the appeal and to name but a few of the elements to be experienced.

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Posted by Dej on 15 May around 12pm

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