So violent and disturbing the body contortions were when George Samsa finally mutates into a man-like insect in the new play Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, that my eyes popped out and my jaw dropped to the floor seeing Franz Kafka's literary work interpreted with a new stage of physicality that will shake your existential sensations to the core.
I really had no idea know how they would pull this off without using wild insect-costumes and props but Edward Watson, Royal Ballet's principal dancer, only uses his body and his extreme level of flexibility to breathe life into the role of Georg Samsa. He contorts and folds his body into shapes that simulate insect movement: pulling and coiling his limbs, his hands become crabbed claws, his toes moving individually just like when a real insect does with its legs Read More »
After visiting the Opera Gallery, I headed toward Halcyon which was on the same street. The door was swung open and I didn´t know if that meant they were welcoming to visitors or because it was a particularly hot day in Central London and they just needed some breezy respite. I didn´t go inside I saw two gallery officers seating on their desks, heads bowed down, eyes fixed on their papers. I peered in the window and the open door and with my camera, I was ready to take a papparazzi shot. I positioned myself in a spot where the gallery officers couldn´t see me. Click.
I was glad to know that they were exhibiting works of the famed Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn who happened to be the son of the late Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn. Read More »