Watch Gustavo Dudamel work with young musicians from London and Los Angeles.
On Friday 15 March, an orchestra of over 100 young players from east London and Los Angeles took part in an open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel. The orchestra were working on Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture in front of an audience inside the Barbican Theatre. Read more about the event and participating organisations here: http://www.barbican.org.uk/education/event-detail.asp?ID=14240
Barbican Britten: An introduction from Ian Bostridge
6 - 24 Nov 2013
We celebrate Britten's centenary with a two-week festival of recitals, operas, a collaboration between the Richard Alston Dance Company and Britten Sinfonia and a three-day event entitled Illuminating Britten that looks at Britten in-depth.
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier comes to the Barbican
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Barbican, Apr - Aug 2014
Read more: http://ow.ly/ir8p2
We travelled to Paris to speak to the celebrated French couturier himself as he explains why he's excited about bringing his first major exhibition to London.
The exhibition was initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. The Barbican is delighted to present the exhibition in the UK as part of its international tour, in a city that continues to inspire Jean Paul Gaultier and his artistic vision. The exhibition opens on 9 April 2014, and will be accompanied by an events programme and film season.
The Year Ahead at the Barbican Centre
We announce highlights from the forthcoming season for Barbican 2013-14 in our special season trailer.
Read more about the exciting programme of events including Jean Paul Gaultier, Pop Art Design, David Tennant and Michael Clark Company on the Barbican Blog: http://www.ow.ly/iqosq
Simon McBurney & The Master (contains strong language)
Simon McBurney and Paul Rhys talk about Complicite's production of The Master and Margarita, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the company's rehearsals.
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59 Minutes to Save Christmas
Artistic Director of Slung Low Alan Lane talks about their latest production, in which families are invited on a quest around the Barbican Centre's foyers...
More information at http://barbican.org.uk
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in the Rain Room
Dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance inhabited rAndom International's acclaimed Rain Room installation in the Barbican's Curve gallery, performing continuously evolving interventions in the Rain, with a score by contemporary composer Max Richter.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance: http://www.randomdance.org/productions/current_productions/rain_room
rAndom International: http://random-international.com/work/rainroom/
Compagnie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze - Du Goudron et des Plumes
Compagnie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze - Du Goudron et des Plumes
28 Nov - 1 Dec 2012
'Extraordinary and exhilarating circus. Seamlessly and cunningly put together' The Guardian *****
'A goldmine of ideas, beautiful, clever, simply superb.' Le Monde
'A visual feast... all about atmosphere and acrobatics.' Londonist
Following the spectacular success of the sold-out run at the Barbican in 2011, one of today's most original and brilliant young circus creators returns to the Barbican with this highly physical production.
Hans was Heiri - Zimmermann & de Perrot
Zimmermann & de Perrot
Hans was Heiri
23 -- 26 Jan 2013
Catch your breath as seven performers tumble through an astonishing spinning house whose inhabitants miraculously live life through 360 degrees, jumping, climbing or dancing.
Presented in association with London International Mime Festival
Unleashed at the Barbican
Made by the Young People of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and Boy Blue Entertainment
23 - 24 November 2012 / 19:15, 14:30
What do young people think about living in London?
Celebrate the dreams and aspirations of young Londoners with this thrilling theatre show. Drawing on their experiences, Unleashed shows London through their own words, dance moves, films and music. 200 talented young artists including Boy Blue Entertainment's Da Bratz & Bluez have created a high-energy urban explosion featuring thumping baselines, drums, heart-felt political poetry, jaw-dropping hip hop dance and more.
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Barbican Drum Works (Drum Heads & Pracatum Residency)
The Back2Black Festival was first staged in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a major cultural event which aimed to explore the cultural and historical relationship between Brazil and Africa through live music and other events.
Back2Black as part of London 2012 Festival, with Gilberto Gil as the central figure, was based on the original format but aimed to also reflect London's own cultural demographic.
At this festival, UK artists were invited to collaborate with Brazilian and African artists.
This led to a collaborative project and performance platform for the Barbican Drum Works 'Drum Heads' ensemble and musicians from the Pracatum School in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Random International: Rain Room
In this daring new commission, contemporary art studio Random International invites you to experience what it's like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test.
Random International are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London and Paris.
Part of Rain Room by Radom International at The Curve, Barbican Centre. 3 Oct 2012 - 4 Mar 2013. Visit bit.ly/UNpZFy for more details.
Music score: Max Richter
Film production: Gramafilm
Calixto Bieito- Forests Trailer
Based on texts by William Shakespeare
6 - 10 November 2012 / 19:45
£16 - 35
Forests is a new Shakespearean odyssey imagined by one of Europe's most prominent theatre directors, Calixto Bieito, whose passionate and radical interpretations of classics have stimulated controversy and earned him critical acclaim.
Composed from original verse from Shakespeare's woodland and heath scenes, the play takes audiences from As You Like It's forest of Arden through the moving trees of Macbeth's Birnam Wood, ending in the bare wilderness of King Lear's cliffs of Dover: a vivid theatrical journey from the calmness of paradise to the uncertainties of purgatory and finally into the flames of hell.
Forests features an international cast led by Catalan actors Josep Maria Pou, Roser Camí and English actor George Costigan.
'An extraordinary Catalan collage, conceived and directed by the vibrantly experimental director Calixto Bieito: hot-blooded, anarchic and haunted by images of death. Far from being an act of crazy vandalism, Forests is a visceral response to Shakespeare's texts.' Guardian ★★★★
Everything Was Moving: In Conversation with Li Zhensheng
Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng discusses with Robert Pledge, co-founder of Contact Press Images, the legacy of his unparalleled photographic project that reveals the stark realities of life during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76).
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Everything Was Moving: In Conversation with David Goldblatt
Critically acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt, renowned for his sharp yet subtle take on life under apartheid, discusses his work with the London-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
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Soft-spoken Ophelia is rather ordinary, but one day she experiences something quite extraordinary.
Two talented and nimble performers use lively storytelling, imaginative puppetry and a beautiful score in this charming and award-winning stage adaptation of the book Ophelia's Shadow Theatre by Michael Ende.
When Ophelia stumbles upon a shadow that belongs to no one, she takes the solitary silhouette under her wing. When more shadows arrive, she tucks them into her tiny purse. Soon, unforgettable friendships are forged as Ophelia and her sidekicks share a poignant journey that delights long after the lights dim.
'Forty-five minutes of theatrical delight' Het Parool (Netherlands) ★★★★
Performed in English