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This Week: 7 - 13 January

7 January 2019 Billie Manning

Hey, you. Yes, you. Sitting at the kitchen table drinking lukewarm tea and staring out at the grey sky – fancy adding a bit of colour to your week? London has two bright and beautiful art exhibitions opening this week, not to mention an incredible circus and excitingly, it’s the beginning of Waltham Forest’s year as London Borough of Culture. Get stuck in!

1. Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM
Now in its 9th year of astounding circus-goers, Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is coming to the Royal Albert Hall. The show explores the journey of mankind – from our original amphibian state to our dream to fly, with its characters acting out the all-important existential questions of life’s journey of mankind. Get ready to have your big old simian mind blown.
Trapeze artist couple sits on trapeze on stage at Cirque du Soleil circus

TOTEM, 12 January – 26 February, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP
2. Confession: New Happenings at the Crypt
Have you done something bad? Would you like to be forgiven? Confession is a night of experimental new performance and visual art. Visitors can expect risky-taking new performances and artwork from London’s up and coming emerging artists, alongside games, booze and sweet treats, interactive experiences, installation work more.

Confession's New Happenings, Saturday 12th January, 7pm - 11:30pm, The Crypt Gallery (St Pancras) St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, NW1 2BA London
3. Peter Gronquist ‘Shape Shifter’ at Unit London
Shape Shifter presents a new body of experimental works by Peter Gronquist, crossing between painting, sculpture and installation and back again. The seventeen pieces on exhibit at Unit London promises to survey Gronquist’s most experimental and innovative works to date and address themes of impermanence, excess and escapism.

Peter Gronquist, 11 January – 17 February, Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1HD
4. In Lipstick at Pleasance Theatre
This funny, heartfelt début from writer Annie Jenkins is produced by multi award-winning theatre company Up In Arms, and explores sex, lies and the fractured life of the city in a story about lovers Maud, a woman on the run from her damaged past; and Cynthia, a woman hibernating from the wilderness of the modern world.
In Lipstick, 9 - 26 January, 7.30pm, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
5. Robert Fraser's Groovy Arts Club Band
This exciting group show brings together thirteen artists Robert Fraser championed during his time along with numerous other members of the pop art movement, including Clive Barker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet, Keith Haring, Jann Haworth, Bridget Riley and Colin Self. The opening will be marked by the release of 100 white helium balloons, in tribute to the anniversary of the You Are Here opening, which took place at the Robert Fraser Gallery forty years ago, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono release 365 white balloons over London.
Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band, Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NN
Talk: Tuesday 5 February, 6–8pm
Exhibition: 11 January - 23 February

6. Into the Forest
To celebrate the start of Waltham Forest's year as London Borough of Culture 2019, audiovisual artists Greenaway & Greenaway have collaborated with musician Talvin Singh to create a twelve-minute spectacle that will be projected onto the Waltham Forest Town Hall. Part documentary, part art-installation, part music video, Into the Forest features 1,000 video portraits, 10 local businesses, 12 spoken word artists and 4 dancers, giving you the chance to experience world-class culture on your doorstep.
Into the Forest, 9 – 13 January, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Rd, London E17 4JF

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