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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Tête-à-Tête and Grimeborn

16 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Blonde ambition: Gillian Keith in Love Me To Death

Coming to its end over the next few days is the Tête-à-Tête Festival of operas at venues in the King’s Cross area and the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

This Friday evening (August 17) has three Tête-à-Tête operas on the go at The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, King’s Cross:

• First, starting at 7pm, is Nonsensus about the emotional state of an urban district in Newport, Wales.
• Next, at 7.30pm, is Li-E Chen’s piece Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum concerned with the teachings and performances of Taiwanese-American Tehching Hsieh.
• Thirdly, at 7.50pm, there’s #echochamber about misadventures prompted by misguided amorous tweets.

There are another four operas on Saturday (August 18):

• First up, at 7pm, is another performance of Li-E Chen’s Silent Opera.
• Also starting at 7pm is Amphora, exploring the beguiling world of artist Jean Arp and the inspiration of collaborator and muse, Sophie Taeuber.
• Then, at 7.55pm, there’s Earth Makes No Sound, a collaborative choral work inspired by the elements and the changes happening to the Earth.
• Lastly, at 8.55pm, Love Me To Death explores the intense personal conflict and wide-reaching themes highlighted in the final years of Ruth Ellis.

New operas at the Grimeborn Festival feature surrealist rock-star extravaganza Elephant Steps opening on Monday evening, Carmen the Gypsy opening next Wednesday and Xerse next Thursday.


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