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Events in Art and Archaeology

Brett Bailey: Exhibit B
EDINBURGH  •  Playfair Library Hall  •  9 - 25 August 2014
 
South African artist and playwright Brett Bailey presents 13 tableau vivant installations featuring black performers which explore the themes of racism, 'othering' and the colonial history of Europe in Africa.

Bailey's work, gazes into the hidden Curiosity Cabinets of European racism. It focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Europe's powers scrambled for Africa's rich resources, and the continent's scientists formulated the pseudo-scientific racial theories that continue to warp perceptions, with horrific consequences.

Thus, Exhibit B replicates the ‘human zoos’ and ethnographic displays that showed Africans as objects of scientific curiosity through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The tableaux feature motionless performers placed in settings drawn from real life. Collectively they confront colonial atrocities committed in Africa, European notions of racial supremacy and the plight of immigrants today.

As spectators walk individually past the tableaux, to the sound of lamentations sung live by a Namibian choir, a human gaze is unexpectedly returned.

Brett Bailey has worked throughout South Africa, in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UK and Europe.

Edinburgh International Festival 2014 Website


Contact: Playfair Library Hall
Old College, South Bridge
University of Edinburgh
EH8 9YL
Tel: (44)131 473 20 00

The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland’s National Sport
EDINBURGH  •  Scottish National Gallery  •  12 July - 26 October 2014
 
 
This exhibition of some 60 paintings and photographs overlaps with two important events: the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (23 July – 3 August 2014) and the Ryder Cup, Gleneagles (23 – 28 September 2014), the biennial competition played between teams of professional golfers representing the United States and Europe. The Art of Golf explores golf as a subject of fascination for artists from the seventeenth century to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the emergence of the sport in Scotland.

Scottish National Gallery Website


Contact: Scottish National Gallery
The Mound
Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Scotland
Tel: (44) 131 229 35 55

Events in Classical Music

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
EDINBURGH  •  Greyfriars Kirk  •  11 August 2014
 
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Antje Weithaas, violin
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Steven Osborne, piano

Edinburgh International Festival 2014 Website



Detailed schedule information:
5:45 pm

Contact: Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Place
EH1 2QQ
Scotland
Tel: (44)131 473 20 00

Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall
War and peace in Baroque Europe: From the Thirty Years War to the Peace of Utrecht: Jordi Savall Director and Viola da gamba
EDINBURGH  •  Usher Hall  •  12 August 2014
 
War and peace in Baroque Europe: From the Thirty Years War to the Peace of Utrecht Music by Lully, Cavalli, Blow and Handel, as well as traditional music from the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Jordi Savall Director and Viola da gamba Hespèrion XXI Le Concert des Nations La Capella Reial de Catalunya Nedyalko Nedyalkov Kaval Yurdal Tokcan Oud Hakan Güngör Qanun Dimitri Psonis Santur

Edinburgh International Festival Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Usher Hall
Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA
Tel: (44)131 473 20 00

Events in Dance

Akram Khan
Akram Khan
Gnosis: Akram Khan Company
EDINBURGH  •  King's Theatre  •  19 - 21 August 2014
 
Gnosis: Akram Khan Company
Fang-Yi Sheu

After detours with Sylvie Guillem in Monstres Sacrés [Stage Legends] (2007) and Juliette Binoche for In-I (2008), and also the creation of a contemporary piece about exile entitled Bahok (2008), dancer and choreographerAkram Khan returns to his roots in the tradition of his childhood : the kathak.

Drawing from sources both ancient and modern, Gnosis is inspired in part by the Hindu epic the Mahabharata and the story of Gandhari, the wife of the blind king who blindfolds herself for life to share his journey. As her family becomes embroiled in an internecine war, Gnosis explores notions of inner knowledge and clouded vision, experiencing darkness while being blind to light.

Edinburgh International Festival 2014 Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: King's Theatre
2 Leven Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LQ
Tel: (44)131 473 20 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
EDINBURGH  •  The Edinburgh Playhouse  •  9 August 2014
 
The legendary South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Edinburgh International Festival 2014 Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: The Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh
Scotland
Tel: (44)131 473 20 00



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