The first two portraits welcoming visitors are the earliest and show a couple. They were rich, powerful and to get married. This tradition of having one’s portraits painted on engagement or marriage was to continue into Rembrandt’s time and beyond.
The piece started in complete silence with a lone male dancer standing in a ring of bricks like a statue in an ancient stone circle. He is joined by five other dancers, moving together. . . After a few minutes a solitary male figure crawls on from down stage right and the group withdraws to a rectangle of light in the opposite corner and watches.
GROUND is a one-day festival for ground-breaking art, knowledge, design and music. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, more than 40 artists, thinkers, designers and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad will be guests in The Hague. The program is a combination of theater, lectures, debates, film, concerts and exhibitions.
Charles Blyth, who sings Art Garfunkel in this show, comes incredibly close with a voice of the same timbre and beauty. I doubt there are many singers in any genre that could come close to singing Bridge Over Troubled Waters as well as Art but Charles almost did, it was truly amazing. Well worth seeing.
FOAM, the Amsterdam museum of photography, consists of two Amsterdam canal houses. Behind the original facades, the houses are now connected. This makes for a sprawling museum, able to host several concurrent photo exhibitions. Among these this first exhibition of work by Jacob Riis in the Netherlands.
This is not the first time Karl has performed in Amsterdam, yet it is his first gig in De Roode Bioscoop: a former Socialist cinema built in 1913. The 45-seater venue allowed for an intimacy between Blau and the audience, and this intimacy was heightened by the set up: one man and his guitar. No band, and surprisingly, no microphone.
Sabine Molenaar’s That’s It was almost cinematic, dreamlike and enthralling – a set bathed in red light, an apparently very old woman who, when briefly donning a couple of long-haired wigs, seemed to recall her younger years when she was desirable and sexy, her tentative movements reminding me of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire or Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard