Butoh is an art form which is at the same time instantly recognisable, but extremely elusive of description or definition. Like the paintings of Francis Bacon, the way one is brought in contact with the force of reality comes from an aesthetic which is a tightrope walk between horror and beauty, one which you … Continue reading A Brush With Violence. Ghosts, Hamlet and The Art of Butoh.
Julian Sands returns to the Kino-teatr St Leonards -on-sea 7th and 12th January. Preview Julian Sands’ career is fantastically varied, looking to an outsider like a slow release firecracker, but within it are moments of circularity and connection. One is that in 1986 he played Shelley in Ken Russell’s ‘Gothic’ and last year was asked … Continue reading “Damn Him, How Various He Is!”
Towards the end of Bladerunner, Roy Blatty stands in godlike potency over Deckard; he is transfixed by the power of life and death that is now his. When warriors in the Iliad are in the final throes of hand to hand combat, they are described as ‘equal to Ares’, the god of war. More accurately, … Continue reading Brief Lives. Roy Blatty and Achilles.
Published in Hastings Independent Press Issue 91 8/12/17 Beautiful Helen of Troy - seduced by Paris into leaving her daughter and husband, Menelaus. It’s often said about women in Ancient Greece that they were second class citizens without power or freedom, so was she just an object to be manipulated and fought over? Generalisations made … Continue reading Helen of Troy- Whore or Heroine?
Published in Hastings Independent Press Issue 89 10/11/17 If you saw the film ‘Eagle Huntress’, perhaps you wondered, among other things, how nomads manage bathing. There’s one answer in Herodotus, a Greek historian of around 484-425 BCE: a tent of wooden mats supported by poles is set over a pit into which red hot stones … Continue reading Art and Bathing on the Hoof: the Scythians at the British Museum.
How does one convey the experience of relating to the environment: the visual and sensory stimuli, an awareness of its history and essential instability.? Four artists at Stables Studios in Fairlight Hastings find metaphors. The artists can be contacted via the facebook page: Stables Studios Fairlight @StablesStudiosFairlight 1. Sally Cole "…..and you can feel by … Continue reading Environmental Metaphors
The cheer was used later by Jules Verne, for the discovery of an underground ocean; by Iris Murdoch and James Joyce. In Ulysses, Buck Mulligan calls the sea ‘snot-green’ in a parody of Homer’s ‘wine-dark’’, which referred to the silkily impenetrable depth of colour it shared with the rough wines of the period.