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This Week, 13th – 19th January

13 January 2014 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of this week’s unique events

With so much going on in London, picking what to do can be extremely tricky. That’s where we come in! Every week we’re delivering up five unique, one-off and sometimes downright barmy events to pique your interest. From bhangra workouts to rare Chinese painting and tense drama, this selection are all thoroughly worth a visit.

The Supper Room

What to expect: food, film and quite a journey

The Supper Room is a brand new series of monthly events co-curated by a different artist or company each time. To start off, Charlotte Spencer Projects take over – straight off the back of their 3000km journey of bicycle-linked artist residencies across England and France. With delicious French food by your side, tuck into the company’s world of journeys, with live music and a screening of their new film, Cylce Stories.

The Supper Room: Charlotte Spencer Projects takes place at Greenwich Dance on 17th January. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets from £9, available here.

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900

What to expect: an eye-opening introduction to the intricate world of Chinese art

This exhibition brings together rare works of art from collections around the world – not something that’s likely to happen again soon. It showcases the finest examples of Chinese painting across a 1200 year period: from small-scale sketches through to a 14 metre-long scroll painting. One of the world’s great artistic traditions, Chinese art has changed significantly, and the exhibition charts the full range, including religious figure paintings, landscapes and the introduction of Western influences.

The exhibition continues until 19th January at the V&A. Tickets from £8, available here.

Antidote for urban life: The Bhangra Bollywood Workout

What to expect: an energising, friendly workshop

Antidote for urban life is a new weekly enterprise that aims to entertain and uplift with workshops that re-energise both your body and your social life. This week, their class is this ‘Bollywood-dance-class-meets-cario-workout.’ Run by David Olton, the session is sure to get your blood flowing, so be prepared to get hot and sweaty! It’s a new year, so why not try out something totally new?

The Bhangra Bollywood Workout takes place on Thursday night from 7.30-9pm at WAC Arts. Tickets just £10 in advance, available here.

Ghosts

What to expect: drama, drama, drama, all in ninety minutes

Richard Eyre’s critically-acclaimed production continues its run in the West End this week after wowing audiences at the Almeida Theatre last year. Ibsen’s tense play follows Helen Alving as she deals with the legacy of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. Played straight through without an interval, the show promises an intensely moving experience.

Ghosts continues at Trafalgar Studios until 8th March. It plays Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. Tickets from £10, available here.

Turner and the Sea

What to expect: beautiful pictures from one of Britain’s greatest artists

This exhibition is stunning. The beauty of Turner’s work is indisputable, and this show at the National Maritime Museum more than does him justice. The display examines the artist’s fascination with the sea through a collection of 120 pieces, including some of Turner’s most celebrated paintings. More than half of his work depicted maritime subjects, which goes some way to accounting for the unique power these particular images hold. Charting the progression of Turner’s sea paintings over the course of his career, the exhibition is absolutely unmissable.

Turner and the Sea is on show at the National Maritime Museum until 21st April 2014. Ticket prices range from free to £20. Booking and further information available here.

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