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Page 10 | 16 - 29 October 2019 Arts & Culture Matters city_matters CITYMATTERS.LONDON NOT JUST BIG DOGS DOMINATING THE MUSIC SCENE Natalia Osipova: Sadler’s Wells’ next big ballet performance. Photo by Johan Persson + the host list DANCE / Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance A ballet superstar. Seven virtuosic dances. Famed for her explosive technique, dramatic intensity and artistic nuance, Natalia Osipova makes a welcome return to Sadler’s Wells. A showcase of seven dance pieces handpicked by the The Royal Ballet principal, Pure Dance includes classical masterpieces, The Leaves are Fading by Antony Tudor and new commission Valse Triste. The programme also features Roy Assaf’s newly extended Six Years Later, and four specially commissioned contemporary works by Ivan Perez, Yuka Oishi, Kim Brandstrup and Jason Kittelberger. 22-26 October, tickets £15-£85 Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue EC1R MUSICAL / Some Like It Hip Hop ZooNation’s smash-hit sensation Some Like It Hip Hop thrilled audiences and critics when it opened back in 2011. With a nod to Billy Wilder’s classic Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, crossdressing and revolution, all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style. 23 October until 9 November, tickets £15-£55 Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT live music resurgence: as countless venues have been shutting over the past few years, new companies have been changing the way we consumer music East of Eden’s intimate music gigs in the City EVERYONE benefits from an increase in the number and quality of public platforms given to emerging artists - especially when it comes to live music. Artists get more opportunities to be heard and us music lovers get to find our next obsession – beyond the top 20 charts. The likes of Sofar Sounds have made massive success in this field, but they often act more like a business looking to profit from these artists rather than help support them. That’s when East of Eden steps in. They actively put artists at the core of their all the vibes: The Slaughtered Lamb is the perfect spot for East of Eden. Photos by Yukitaka Amemiya regular live music gigs around London. Each of the three founders works in the music world in some form and have used their own know how and connections to help get artists a leg up in the industry, all the while letting us public music lovers get to experience some expertly curated live shows. Casper Faartoft, one of the East of Eden founders, said: “As avid gig goers and fans of emerging artists we found ourselves way too often in small venues filled with people who’d rather catch up and speak with mates than enjoying the artist who deserve their attention. “East of Eden started counterpart to the passive gig goer and by carefully curating the artists and music on the night to give everyone the best possible experience. Reading “Over the last four years we’ve had the pleasure of working with brilliant artists very early in their career and we absolutely love seeing them go from East of Eden to the world stage.” And they spend a lot of time and energy finding the perfect artists. They’re constantly reading music blogs, listening to playlists, catching up with industry contacts and taking suggestions from fellow artists who they already work with. They do all the hard work, so City folk can simply enjoy a wicked night out listening to some mostly-unheard tunes while having a few drinks at the pub. They’ve been bouncing around a couple of different venues over the past four years (with us following vigilantly) but have most recently been calling Clerkenwell’s The Slaughtered Lamb home. Very few venues in the 80-120 capacity range can facilitate the attentive and intimate vibe that makes East of Eden different than many other shows in London. And to find one so close to the Square Mile is also a huge win. This shows just how much better the City of London is getting when it comes to cultural offerings. The big cultural institutions like the Barbican and Museum of London get a massive amount of financial support from the Corporation but this investment in art, music and dance is having a trickle-down effect. Smaller companies like East of Eden are finding more reasons to set up shop around the City, and local workers are more inclined to stay locally when it comes to consuming music. Success has even led these guys to set up their own independent indie music label. Casper notes how “during the four years we’ve been putting on these shows we sometimes come across phenomenal artists that we would love to help and champion under the East of Eden brand. Operations “However, limited to live music there is only so much we can do to push talented artists forward. The record label is like a natural extension of the live side of East of Eden where we can release the music of the artists we find and help them advance their careers and make sure more people get to know about these artists.” Things are only going to grow at the East of Eden base of operations – watch their space. But for now, check out their next show on 17 October to hear tunes from Olivia Dean, Joe Beard and Alex White (all operating in a space between soul, pop and singer/ songwriter) at The Slaughtered Lamb.

CITYMATTERS.LONDON citymatters 16 - 29 October 2019 | Page 11 Arts & Culture Matters LIBERATE YOUR LUNCHTIME AT THIS NEW CITY OF LONDON FILM CLUB WHEN the weather gets as bad is it is now, the desire to leave the office for your lunch break decreases rapidly – dining al desko becomes the norm. But the teams at Radiant Circus and Lunchbox Theatre have set up a new afternoon film club just for City of London workers and residents (but mostly workers) who need a proper excuse to get some time out of the office. Every Tuesday to Friday at Bridewell Theatre, their popup cinema will be screening bitesize films at lunchtime. Independent The Lunchtime Film Society will showcase daily selections of award-winning short films from some of London’s finest independent film festivals. This includes the likes of The Big Picture Film Club, Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, and the Women About Us: a series of shorts show how stories can both define us & set us free Better United: the first screening on 22 October Over 50 Film Festival. There’s even a Halloween Special featuring four miniature horrors with extra bite on 31 October. The programme has something for just about all tastes too; including a diverse mix of drama, documentary and animation. Designed to fit into fast-moving lifestyles, each lunchtime screening lasts 50 minutes (with no adverts!) and audience members are invited to bring their own lunch. That’s a massive win. A cinema that actually lets you take in your own food. No more hiding home popped popcorn in your backpack. Or is that just us? But for those wanting a little extra nourishment, the Bridewell Theatre bar will be open for drinks and snacks 30 minutes before each screening. And, as a special launch offer, every ticket comes with some free popcorn and a limitededition movie-zine about London’s alternative cinema scene. Definitely no reason to pop your corn at home. Lunchtime Film Society is designed to create a much-needed change of pace in otherwise hectic lives. Barker-In-Chief at Radiant Circus, Richard Clark, notes how “Research shows that eating lunch at your desk seriously dents your happiness, productivity and creativity. “Our film schedule invites busy City workers to take a valuable break, relax, recharge and refocus. Who knows what inspiration awaits? It such a smart idea. As we all need a reason to get away from the desk to clear our heads and escape. There just aren’t enough things like this happening in the City of London on weekday afternoons. The Lunchtime Film Society runs from 22 October until 1 November at Bridewell Theatre. Book tickets via ‘Simply phenomenal’ Mike Young, BBC Music ‘Marvellously played’ Daily Telegraph ‘Mesmerising ...a must-see’ The Times James Seabright by arrangement with Mike Leigh for MLA Talent presents RICHARD SHELTON SINATRA: RAW 22 October - 2 November 7.30pm Wilton’s Music Hall Box office: 020 7702 2789

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