Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album explores the dark side of the US. The title track was written around the start of the war in Iraq. It is about the dilemma of a soldier struggling with his sense of right and wrong during a war.
Springsteen said, “It works as a metaphor for all the music underneath it, the individual stories of people wrestling with their demons.” The rest of the album takes on similar themes.
Arthur Pita’s Camp
The Place, London
Phone 020 7387 0031
Arthur Pita is best known for his performances in Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker. But here he takes the lead as both choreographer and dancer.
Using Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as the score, Pita explores the elements, as his dancers attempt to camp in the great outdoors through the seasons.
This falls somewhere between dance and theatre and has some brilliant set pieces. At one point a woman transforms herself into a walking tent. Later a man attempts to dance hindered by the half tent attached to his back.
Theatre of the Oppressed workshop
Sunday 22 May, London
Phone 020 7732 7020
Adrian Jackson, the artistic director of the Cardboard Citizens theatre company, will be leading a workshop on Augusto Boal’s theatre practice in Peru, Brazil and Argentina.
Theatre of the Oppressed is community theatre in the truest sense. It is about taking the issues that affect the everyday lives of a community and finding a way to resolve them—using theatre as a way to work through the problem.
This is a great opportunity to learn about theatre practice in South America.