CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS - JULIO 2010

Celebrating Argentina 200

 

Venue: King’s Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

 

Presented in association with Opus Musica and supported by the Embassy of Argentina and The Anglo-Argentine Society as part of the Bicentenary Celebrations.

 

This Festival celebrates the Bicentenary of Argentina’s independence after centuries of Spanish rule. It features Argentine classical music old and new as well as the music of the pampas and the indigenous inhabitants of the North and naturally, Tango. The Festival also includes exhibitions of art and cartoons, films and poetry readings. Morris Lenson Guitar Duo’s will be performing free concerts in the Foyer and on the waterside terrace and there will be a special menu devised by the Argentine chef Gustavo Schneider for Rotunda Restaurant and the Green & Fortune Café.
Alberto Portugheis, curator.

 

The following events will take place during this Festival:

 

Thursday 1 July

 

THE POETRY OF JORGE LUIS BORGES (6.20pm)

 

Venue: St Pancras Room

 

Lecture by poet and essayist Hector Dante Cincotta reveals the essence of the poetry by Jorge Luis Borges, one of the greatest voices of Argentina.

 

ALBERTO PORTUGHEIS, MARTHA ARGERICH & FRIENDS (7.30pm)

 

Venue: Hall One

 

Martha Argerich joins Alberto Portugheis, and a glittering array of world class musicians from Britain, America, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Israel and Lebanon pay tribute to Argentina and its music.

 

Friday 2 July

 

COMICA ARGENTINA 1 - HISTORY OF COMIC ART IN ARGENTINA (6.20 pm)

 

Venue: St Pancras Room

 

A celebration of the quality and diversity of comic art in Argentina, from early editorial cartoons and comic strips and the post-1945 "Golden Age" through to Grillo, Mordillo, Muñoz, Quino and other modern masters and today's next genaration. Curated by Paul Gravett and Sylvia Libedinsky with the Viñetas Sueltas Festival, Buenos Aires.

 

Paul Gravett, curator of the annual Comica Festival at the ICA, London, will give an illustrated talk about the history of comic art in Argentina to accompany the Comica Argentina Exhibition. Followed by an animated short film: For A Tango (2004) by Gabriele Zucchelli.

 

THE FOUR SEASONS OF BUENOS AIRES 7.30pm

 

Venue: Hall One

 

The critically-acclaimed De Marinis-Dabul Piano Duo is the champion of the study and performance of Argentine music for two pianos. The programme includes music of Lasala, Urteaga and Guastavino, alongside Piazzolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas.

 

Saturday 3 July

 

TANGO ARGENTINA! (12 pm)

 

Venue: Hall One


Reputed for his interpretations of the great masters of Argentine music, maestro Valentin Surif presents a programme of classical and contemporary concert tangos.

 

COMICA ARGENTINA 2 - FILM: THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRST ANIMATED MOVIES
(4.30 pm)

 

Venue: St Pancras Room

 

El Apóstol (1917) was the world’s first animated feature film, written and directed by Quirino Cristiani. A satire, it portrayed President Yrigoyen burning down Buenos Aires with Jupiter’s thunderbolts to bring morality to public life and eliminate corruption. No copies of the film have survived. Gabriele Zucchelli’s documentary (2006), explores the making of El Apóstol.

 

CINCOTTA READS CINCOTTA from ‘THE BOOKS OF SHADOWS’ (6.20pm)

 

Venue: St Pancras Room

 

Themes like time, shadow, desire, nature, solitude and homeland form a semantic network in Cincotta’s distinctively melancholic poetry. The celebrated Argentine poet Hector Dante Cincotta will recite his poetry. (English translations read by Peter Beardsell).

 

TANGO ÉPICA – LILIANA BARRIOS (7.30pm)

 

Venue: Hall One

 

Distinguished tango singer Liliana Barrios is joined by Julian Jacobson (piano) and Yuka Matsumoto (violin) to present a history of Argentine tango. She will sing some of the best-loved tangos such as La Cumparsita and La última curda as well as two new tangos.

 

Sunday 4 July

 

CONCIERTO TANGO – NATALIA GONZÁLEZ FIGUEROA (12 noon)

 

Venue: Hall One

 

The young virtuoso pianist Natalia González Figueroa performs a programme based on tangos written by non-Argentine composers – including Stravinsky, Satie, Albéniz and Marlos Nobre.

 

COMICA ARGENTINA 3 - DRAWING BOARD: PAUL GRAVETT & GUESTS (6 pm)

 

Venue: St Pancras Room

 

Paul Gravett talks to cartoonist Oscar Grillo and director/animator Gabriele Zucchelli about their work.

 

SILVIA IRIONDO (7.30 pm)

 

Venue: Hall One

 

Traditional and modern Argentinian Folk Music sung by Silvia Iriondo, whose repertoire includes works by young composers, anonymous couplets, indigenous songs and folkloric classics.

 

Further information: www.kingsplace.co.uk/music/weekly-themes?theme=113 and

www.opusmusica.org/activities.html

 

 





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