Woolf works

img_6476I have seen many ballets within this rich tapestry called life, a aficionado of dance, not by any means but the thrill that music and movement can instil is unforgettable.  I have seen the proud somewhat arrogant Nureyev bring the audience into a frenzy to the graceful elegance of the long limbed Sylvie Guillem but nothing in all these years has moved me so much as Wayne McGregors’s  Woolf Works.  Plus it was a live screened performance from The Royal Opera House, sitting in a cinema !

A ballet triptych describes three books, which takes you through life from an ageing perspective,  looking back at the vibrant memories of 1920’s  England in Mrs Dalloway, to the energetic, fast moving dynamism of youth in Orlando, then finally to death with The Waves. By the end I had been through so many emotions, my heart had been pulled this way and that and at times felt it would leap from my chest.  I felt expanded, exhilarated, as if my body had filled the auditorium.

I watched mesmerised as the dancers moved with such grace and ease, their limbs, muscles, tendons showing the strength needed to perform such a strenuous ballet, especially in Orlando.  So many avenues of thought and feelings erupted

Then came the rhythmic hypnotic swelling of the waves, not only in the music of Max Richter but the dancers and the compelling back drop of raging foaming seas in  in slow motion as you watch and hear life ebbing away.  Actress Gillian Anderson reads Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter written to her husband before she drowned herself in the River Ouze,  the words  so moving in themselves.

I have now listened to this so many times since seeing the ballet, downloaded from the trusty itunes.  Its stunning, moving , haunting and magnificent and so much more.  This week sees the start of my week in Totnes and this mornings playing produces these quick impromptu sketches  and I can see this is going to inspire the senses in many ways as the days,weeks and months roll on.

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moon talk, lashes and jacques renault

Oh wow, the moon last night was so ………………  Oh I dont know,  guess enriching, so full of hope.  it was a perfect end to a perfect day.  My music full on and my body  pulsating to the beats of Jaaques Renault: a brooklyn based DJ his enlivening dance punk ( so wish I could share here but the music thing just cannot get to grips with on wokdpress, anyone out there have the answer?)  tunes just take me to another level.    As I looked out of the windscreen there in front of me, sharing my journey home was the magnificent moon, lying on her back in a perfect crescent, she was so open and giving, and full of so much energy to strive forward.

The moon reminded me of howling wolves, in fact that image was the backdrop to Natasha Khan ( bat for lashes) performance that I had just been to see.  Enjoyable, not the most amazing gig I have seen but it was upbeat and fun.  At the end she reformed with a string quartet and sang some of her fave songs………….  good stuff.

The nicest thing  of all was the venue, the amazing art deco architecture of the De La Warr Pavillion and its amazing helix staircase.

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Barbican – Michael Nyman + Motion Trio: Films to Write Music To

Michael Nyman websiteBarbican – Michael Nyman + Motion Trio: Films to Write Music To.

this man has been such an inspiration to me……….  I had never heard of him until I saw THE DRAUGHTSMAN CONTRACT my all time favourite films way back in the 80’s. Stunning visuals, captivating storyline, and haunting music.  Nyman and Greenaway together made magic.  His music has filled my mind so full of inspired thoughts through the years and has accompanied many of my creative endeavors. 

I cant wait to see him at the Barbican, the collaboration with Motion Trio sounds awesome. Click here for details

Finger lickin chicken

 

Mmmm, cooking and me had fallen out, only saving it  for special occasions or when I invited guests.  So this year I set my intention to make more of an effort and cook something nice, good looking!! and  tasty for myself each day.  Tonights dinner was oh so tasty and oh so easy as I cooked it last night while cooking a stir fry and making butternut squash soup.chicken-for-dinner

Free range, corn fed chicken thighs

Chopped onions

cherry tomatoes

Red Pepper

Celery

chicken stock

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Parsley

Olive oil, salt and pepper to toast

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First pour a glass of wine, and put on some music like  Chop up onions, celery and Red Pepper and sweat  in the olive oil and put aside, in the leftover oil, add a small knob of butter and brown off the chicken pieces.  Add back the onions, celery and red pepper back to the chicken, add the cherry tomatoes whole, add chicken stock, chopped thyme and chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste.  Put on a lid and put in a medium hot oven for a 2 – 3 hours, leave for 24 hours and reheat, yummy.  Served with green bean, spinach and couscous with sauteed mushrooms and chopped fresh parsley.