PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 February 2019 John Bultitude Joshua Harriette Credit: Hugo Glendinning Archant Richard Alston Dance Company is set to make its return to Norwich Theatre Royal this winter with a 2019 programme which includes Richard Alston’s Brahms Hungarian which is set to music by the acclaimed composer. Joshua Harriette and Monique Jonas Credit: Chris NashWe caught up with Joshua Harriette who is in his first year performing with the company and is excited to bring these latest pieces to the city.Firstly, how are you enjoying your opening season with the company?Hello! I am totally loving my opening season with RADC. There is a great energy and momentum at the moment within the company, and I’m really humbled to be part of it. They have fully embraced me and I’ve been able to jump in at the deep end with Richard. It’s been refreshing tackling the rich programme we are bringing to Norwich. Tell us a little bit about what is in store when the company … [Read more...] about Richard Alston Dance Company’s Josh Harriette on how performing helped overcome his stutter
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As the legendary Ms Patti Labelle presented the Billboard Woman of the Year Award to Ariana Grande late last year, she referred to Grande as “that little white black girl” – a statement that was met with a resounding “yasss” from black Twitter stans who were already way ahead of the soul icon. Numerous memes and in-jokes about Grande now belonging to the black community had been circulating for a while, but it was only a matter of time before the masses turned on her. Her pop-trap anthem “7 Rings” has all the braggadociousness of your favourite trap rapper and seems to emulate the hip hop sound of the moment. This isn’t helped by the pink trap house in her music video as well as accusations of appropriation via blackface (aided by the circulation of images of a much pasteier Grande from her humble beginnings on Nickelodeon’s Victorious). Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just … [Read more...] about Opinion: Now that black culture is so mainstream, can we really accuse people of appropriation?
The festive TV schedule is as integral a part of Christmas Day as turkey, mince pies and perfecting an Oscar-worthy expression of surprise when a long-lost relative presents you with a particularly sub-par gift. Luckily, this year's line-up does not disappoint. Along with the usual festive fixtures (it goes without saying that the Queen's Speech will be airing in the usual mid-afternoon slot), you'll find one-off special episodes of much-loved dramas, the return of the Great British Bake-Off and, of course, the Strictly Christmas special - all of which are best enjoyed after consuming your own body weight in Christmas dinner, of course. There's even an extra Christmas helping of Britain's most divisive comedy, Mrs Brown's Boys, which, if it replicates the success of last year, could end up being the most watched show on December 25... Reserve a spot on the sofa and settle down for our favourite festive picks... Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC One, 5.30pm) If … [Read more...] about Christmas Day TV guide 2018: What’s on and best highlights to look out for
Published October 19, 2018 Info Available on Netflix Inspiration Icelandic film director, scriptwriter and producer, Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, enters the international Hollywood scene with Malevolent, which launched on Netflix October 5th. Set in Glasgow during the 80s, the film follows Angela (Florence Pugh) and Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) in the lead as a scam-artist sibling duo who have an unusual way of conning people: through the faking of paranormal encounters. Olaf’s foray into filmmaking began in his twenties. “Very simply, I was depressed,” he explains. “Then I saw a 14-year-old girl on television who won a dance competition. She was asked, ‘How did you win this dance competition?’ And she said, ‘Well, I just trained and decided to do it.’ When I heard that, I was like, I want to do movies. How can I do that? I called the television station, asked them to show me how to record, how to edit movies, how to do all of it.” Just … [Read more...] about Something Malevolent This Way Comes: Olaf de Fleur on adventure and exploration in the world of film
The fourth edition of the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, whose theme tis year is “[re]tracing,” will take place in the Romanian capital between 6-9 September across six venues. The festival will explore the traces left by time on the lives of the people and communities they are a part of. “The meeting between film and dance brings to BIDFF stories about resistance, perseverance and courage. (…) We sought and found ingenious methods of archiving the collective memory, but also daring forecasts on the future, by means of which we want to offer a context for the repositioning of the ‘private individual’ versus ‘the many,’ even though this might imply altering what is generally defined as the ‘truth,’ Simona Deaconescu, the festival’s artistic director, said. At this year’s edition, alongside the festival’s two traditional competitions for international and national shorts, BIDFF will … [Read more...] about Bucharest International Dance Film Festival takes over the capital between 6-9 September