Ritual & Fashion

Some people are surprised to find that I love fashion, but who doesn’t love wearable art? I’m pretty sure it must have been the poet/translator Alessandra Bava who pointed me toward ‘Embodying Pasolini’ a performance co-created by Olivier Saillard and Tilda Swinton. To honour Pasolini and his long film career, Saillard and Swinton evoke the…

Coming Soon: Bissette, Moore & Me

The cat’s out of the bag on this long-gestating project: my contribution came about from the 2010 Conference on Alan Moore at the University of Northampton that the now-sadly-departed Nathan Wiseman-Trowse organised. My presentation: Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place From his first public working, The Birth Caul, Alan Moore has always had…

Robyn Hitchcock @ Caffe Lena

To see Mr Hitchcock live is to fall in love again with his music and charm. And no I don’t say that just because he complimented me on my houndstooth wrap. At the legendary café where so many have sung, it was a delight to spend some time with the singer renowned for his wit…

Letters on Love

Coming next month from The Pigeonhole: Letters on Love, a multimedia extravaganza on love letters. Here’s the scoop: This September, we will be teaming up with writers, artists and musicians to create the first multi-faceted, mixed-media message on the vagaries of our most fascinating emotion – love. Over two weeks you will receive love letters,…

Video: Songs of Defiance

Denied the opportunity to use my fancy schmancy Powerpoint presentation at the performance of ‘Songs of Defiance’ on Monday at the Arts Center, I decided to just record the poem and make it a video. Of course I did it in bits and pieces in between other things so it’s only just now done. The…

TOA/V: Volcano Saga

Thanks to Nicholas Currie (on Facebook, but he linked to his Tumblr site) I was delighted to see “Volcano Saga” yesterday. It’s a performance piece by Joan Jonas, whose fairytale-inspired installation “The Juniper Tree” I wrote about when it was at the Tate Modern. What could be more wonderful than bringing together two things I…

Review: Let the Right One In @ Dundee Rep

It was a treat to see this production of the National Theatre of Scotland here at Dundee Rep. I loved the film Let the Right One In (less so the American remake, predictably) but this was an intriguing idea for adaptation and the press preview I attended had whetted my appetite for the experience. Director…