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Omer Tiroche Gallery - Yayoi Kusama Small Pumpkins courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery

This week: 5 – 11 March

5 March 2018 Suzanne Frost

After the recent weather chaos you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave the house again. The sun has reappeared however, and if you keep cocooning, you might miss out on these cultural events happening this week.

Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkin Paintings

Omer Tiroche Gallery - Yayoi Kusama Small Pumpkins (courtesy Omer Tiroche Gallery)

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important Japanese contemporary artists and her polka dot patterned pumpkins are an instantly recognizable motif of pop art. The troubled artist, a member of the 1960s New York art scene, suffers from hallucinations and OCD and the 3D dots and infinity nets are actually how she experiences the world around her. The repetitive use of the pumpkin motif is usually interpreted as an attempt to control her fears, however Kusama has also accused her former friend Andy Warhol of stealing her idea for his Marilyns! The Omer Tiroche Gallery has created a friendly and playful space to showcase a small but important collection, which is displayed together for the first time in the UK.
 
Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkin Paintings are at Omer Tiroche Gallery 2 March - 1 June
 
 
 
The Winter’s Tale

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Winter’s Tale. © Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House

Shakespeare’s late great romance of love and loss becomes a compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, created for the Royal Ballet. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy yet, through remorse and regret, the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet: an intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story told through exquisite dancing.
 
The Winter’s Tale is at the Royal Opera House 13 February—21 March
 
 
MUSO

MUSO at the Grant Museum of Zoology

MUSO is the bonkers brainchild of David Pearl, artistic director of Impropera and Dr.Chiara Ambrosio, lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at UCL. MUSO aims to inspire a new level of engagement between the arts, academia and museums. It takes an audience on a journey through an exhibition where they are invited to seek out hidden treasures, share their responses and watch as their ideas are spun into music by an improvising opera troupe. So much for the theory. In practice this means a bunch of singers will look at the weird and wonderful things on display at the Grant Museum of Zoology: a jar of moles, Dodo bones, a collection of brains – and create an on the spot opera about it!
 
 
MUSO is at the Grant Museum of Zoology, 21 University St, Bloomsbury, WC1E 6DE on 8 March
                 
                       
 
After the Ball

Ian Grant’s new play explores how our acts reverberate across generations. As the Great War breaks out in 1914, Blanche and William meet at a dance and marry. William enlists to fight in Belgium and, amidst the horrors of the battlefield, finds love with another woman, while Blanche is left at home with their baby.
Inspired by a true event, and spanning sixty years, After the Ball is a gripping ensemble piece about desire, personal responsibility and the devastating consequences of human conflict.
 
After The Ball is Upstairs at the Gatehouse 7-24 March. Tickets £10 – £16
 
 
The Golden Age of Travel

The Candlelight Club. Photo: Clayton Hartley

Inspired by the current V&A exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, the Candlelight Club will be evoking the Art Deco opulence of First Class so you can get a taste of what it might have been like in the Grand Salon of the Normandie. Apart from a three-course set menu, there will be portholes, deck chairs and quoits outside on the smoking terrace, live music from the ship's dance band The Silver Ghosts, plus cabaret from Champagne Charlie and vintage vinyl spun by DJ Auntie Maureen. There will also be a prize for the Best Dressed guest, so dust of your flapper dresses.
 
The Golden Age of Travel by The Candlelight Club is at a secret London location on 9&10 March. Tickets from £25
 
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