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The Barbican - July 2018 highlights

July preview

THE Barbican highlights for July 2018 include:

Andersson Dance/Scottish Ensemble – Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia – in the Barbican Theatre from Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 7.

Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and classical musicians Scottish Ensemble revel in the joy, complexity, lyricism and depth of this reawakened timeless masterpiece.

Eleven members of the internationally renowned string orchestra collaborate with five contemporary dance artists to collectively reveal moments of tenderness, expressiveness, vulnerability and life-affirming humanity from Bach’s abstractly beautiful Goldberg Variations.

This show of contrasts – slow and fast, uplifting and reflective, extroverted and introverted movement – mirrors the light and mournful moods of the unfolding variations. As the dancers lose themselves in Örjan Andersson’s astute choreography so too do the musicians, temporarily setting aside their instruments in this playful yet profound interpretation. Genuine alchemy abounds as the two companies perform seamlessly as one.

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Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret – in the Barbican Theatre from Wednesday, July 11 to Sunday, July 29.

Barry Humphries is the masterfully seasoned emcee, and cabaret diva Meow Meow the chanteuse, accompanied onstage by London’s Aurora Orchestra, in this risqué and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.

Described as cabaret’s golden age this was a remarkable period in the 1920s and 30s when hedonism and social revolution turned Berlin nightclubs into hotbeds of decadence. Reawakening that spirit, Weimar Cabaret acquaints audiences with the composers of the time, many Jewish, whose art would soon be condemned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis.

Best known as Dame Edna Everage, Humphries shares his passion for a period that has long fascinated him, with songs and instrumentals including Kurt Weill, among others.

Weimar Cabaret is performed in German and English.

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See also June highlights.