Perfectly tuned and timed: Arcola Theatre’s “Kreutzer Sonata” with Greg Hicks

“In music, timing is everything.” So pronounces Pozdnyshev, the protagonist in Kreutzer Sonata, Nancy Harris’ tight play adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novella of the same name. In theatre, timing is also everything, and in the Arcola Theatre’s riveting production directed by John Terry, the timing was perfect to a tee. Over the course of…

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A Golden Performance: Yaniv d’Or, Ensemble NAYA, and Barrocade

As instrumentalists from the Ensemble NAYA and Barrocade took their places onstage on Sunday June 26th at Wigmore Hall, the period instruments from voila de gamba to theorbo to hammered dulcimer indicated a concert of acoustic veracity. But when Yaniv d'Or joined them onstage, you knew immediately that this was not going to be your traditional Baroque performance. Tall…

Fresh Footprints: The Dark Mirror at the Baribcan

cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff.   cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff cruff. Like a train, puffing slowly away along a barren horizon. A moving dark line between a ice-covered earth and a grey-clouded sky. Or the crunching of frozen snow under foot as a body drags itself mechanically along. Motion. Journey. Solitude. Bleakness. So begins Hans Zender's Winterreise, an composed interpretation for tenor and small orchestra…

Take Life Feet First

Some people say you should take life head on. I prefer to take life feet first.In my mind, life is like a river you kayak down. Sometimes this river is smooth and you can float along peacefully, taking in the scenery around you, hearing the birds call as they swoop overhead between the tree-lined banks,…

Overtime i.e. Addendum to my Previous Post

It's been a while since I last posted. And in that while, the World Cup has begun and Berlin has been swept by Fußball madness. The previous day's matches are the typical topic of conversation over lunch, and numerous offices (including my own) have a Tipprunde going in which they bet on the game outcomes. It's…