The Barbican Centre is staying up late on June 14 for an eclectic evening of music, theatre and film, late bar and lounge, food and a free club stage, all under one roof. In this showcase of the diverse art forms that take place in the Barbican night after night, the cultural melting pot doesn’t stop bubbling until 1.00am.
James Brown provides the evening’s soundtrack, with two outstanding tributes to the great man in the Hall and Cinema respectively. Brown’s influence will also be felt when Yabba Funk set off a 10-piece Hi-Life Afro-funk explosion on the Freestage and when the Clubstage presents a musical, visual and spoken word elegy to the disappearing Panther movement. Drama comes courtesy of Cheek by Jowl’s most ambitious large-scale production to date in the Theatre, Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. This in turn is contrasted with the life-affirming whimsy of Hugh Hughes’ Edinburgh festival hit Story of a Rabbit. Official war artist and Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen’s new project commemorating British personnel in Iraq is present at the centre in advance of National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch production later in the month. Rounding out the programme are a number of new release films including Priceless starring Audrey Tautou, with late bars and DJs bringing the extravaganza to a close.
Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican, said “The great thing about the Barbican Centre is that we offer all the arts under one roof, and this great initiative will enable everyone to enjoy them longer and later –from James Brown to Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen to Troilus and Cressida and Hi-Life Afro-Funk the best of the arts is open to all at the Barbican”
Freestage from 6.00pm
This 10-piece Hi-Life/Afro-Funk explosion, a product of Brixton, is influenced by 1970’s Ghanaian hi-life, the funky sounds of James Brown and UK sounds like Roots Manuva and The Specials. A floor-filling extravaganza combines the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra, fat analogue basslines, blazing horns, sparkling African and gritty rock guitars.
Where have all the Panthers gone?
+ DJs Max Reinhardt & Rita Ray
Clubstage directly after the Hall concert
A musical, visual and spoken word elegy to a movement which seems to have disappeared. With the Shrine Syncrosystem, Byron Wallen and Roger Robinson.
Still Black Still Proud – A James Brown Tribute
Barbican Hall, 8.00pm
An African tribute to the late great James Brown led by saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis. This one-off James Brown concert extravaganza features trombonist Fred Wesley, Senegalese singer Cheikh Lô, Afro-beat drummer Tony Allen, South African vocal sensation Simphiwe Dana and Malian blues guitarist Viex Farka Toure.
James Brown: Soul Survivor (15)
Jeremy Marre’s sensational chronicle of the life and times of the late, great James Brown
Cinema 3, 5.00pm
Tracing James Brown’s youth in Augusta, Georgia, this film tracks his early ambition to become a boxer and the start of a musical career that spanned gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop over six decades. Laden with music, performances, interviews, and of course the songs – including Please, Please, Please (his first hit), Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, It’s a Man’s World, and Say It Loud. (UK 2003 Director Jeremy Marre, 85 minutes.)
£8.50 full price / £6 members, concessions and Still Black Still Proud concert ticket holders.
Barbican Cinema 3, 7.00pm
Audrey Tautou stars as Irène, a gold-digging call girl with her sparkling eyes on rich men and adventure. A sweet and enchanting romcom, fantasy summer holiday on screen. (France 2006 Dir. Pierre Salvadori 104 min.)
£8.50/£7 online/£6 concessions
Barbican Cinema 2, 8.45pm
Garbarski’s tale of a late coming-of-age is sensitively told and was nominated for the top prize at last year’s Berlinale.
£8.50/£7 online/£6 concessions
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Barbican Cinema 1, 6.15pm and 8.30pm
Wilson is new to LA, has lost his laptop containing his precious screenplay, and is frustratedly fantasising about his flatmate’s girlfriend.
£8.50/£7 online/£6 concessions
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
Cheek by Jowl
22 May – 14 June, 7.15pm
The Trojan War, the defining legend of western literature, is stripped to its raw heart in Shakespeare’s scathing satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. By turns terrifying, hilarious, and passionate Troilus and Cressida is Cheek by Jowl’s most ambitious, large-scale production to date.
Story of a Rabbit
11 – 21 June
The Pit, 7.45pm
Bite08 brings the touching and life-affirming Story of a Rabbit by Hugh Hughes to London, following its sell-out success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Story of a Rabbit is Hughes’ second work and is co-produced by Hoipolloi and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Story of a Rabbit is a tender, whimsical monologue on the subject of death. Hughes poignantly examines mortality, delicately balancing the mundane with the profound, through a mixture of comedy, lecture, multimedia, song and dance. He is joined on stage by the affable Aled Williams who provides music and sound effects.
Queen and Country
4 June – 26 July
Mezzanine level, all day
Official war artist and Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen’s project Queen and Country, commemorating British personnel in Iraq, can be seen on the mezzanine level of the Barbican Centre and runs throughout the run of National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, which opens later in the month.’
Other Lates events at the Barbican throughout the summer:
Fashion Late – Every Thursday until 10.00pm
Throughout the exhibition, The House of Viktor & Rolf, Barbican Art Gallery is open every Thursday evening until 10pm for late night themed evenings with a big difference. Fashion Late includes fashion fun and games, performances, discussions, master classes, workshops and Off the Peg talks by leading fashion commentators.
Thursday 19 June,From 6.30-10.00pm
An evening of demonstration, discussion and delectation.
Top-to-Toe Body Painting
Acclaimed body artist Emma-Jane Cammack spends the evening indulging her art.
Exhibitionism: Does Fashion Belong in a Gallery?
£3, Redgrave Room, Level 4
Join the debate on this hot topic with Professor Christopher Breward, Deputy Head of Research, V&A, Lou Taylor, Professor of Dress and Textile History, University of Brighton and José Teunissen, Professor Fashion Theory at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem. Chaired by Penny Martin, SHOWstudio and the BBC2 Culture Show.
Off the Peg: Fashion & Surrealism
With Oriole Cullen, Curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion, V&A.
Visit www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery for more details and events listings.
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