Last night I went to see Matthew Bourne's new ballet, Sleeping Beauty. It was utterly wonderful, if you get a chance go and see it. It was entrancing from start to finish, a really lovely re-telling of the story. I have a bit of a passion for fairy tales. And the dancing and costumes and set were just great. I particularly loved the fairies. I have come home really inspired and feeling lit up inside.
Heres a link to an interview with Matthew Bourne from the bbc, which also has a little bit of footage from the ballet. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0113tqj
Friday, 23 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
I've just handed in my written work for uni, and anticipating the need for a celebration of that, and my birthday a few weeks ago, I had bought tickets for myself and a friend to see Atelier Lefeuvre and Andre at the Garage.
There were two pieces, mostly contained within in a small, square room, with a television as a major prop. They were performed by Didier Andre and Jean Paul Lefeuvre, who I think would be described as clowns. The first was this http://www.lefeuvre-andre.com/lefeuvre-andre/Chez_Moi_Circus_eng.html, a quietly told story about life, and love perhaps. And the second was this http://www.lefeuvre-andre.com/lefeuvre-andre/Ni_Omnibus_eng.html, a more athletic exploration of the world.
It's too easy to stay home on wintry nights, if I had, I'd have missed these guys, and they were both brilliant from start to finish.
Monday, 12 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
My weaving is off the loom now, I think I have over a dozen 6 inch square samples using different yarns to inform my next weaving design. Today I plan to write up my notes on each sample and then I'll need to be brave and wash and finish them.
I began by looking at making loops and pile. Then I was observing how the colours changed and intensified as they crossed. And finally, trying out a satin, I got these rather nice stripes, which folks seem to like.