Monday, September 24, 2007

My visit to Shakespeare's Globe.

My travel in London couldn't be complete without one visit to The Globe, the theatre where Shakespeare used to work in 16th Century. The theatre is a reconstruction of the original one, thanks to an American actor who was obsessed with seeing it rebuilt. He passed away years before the new Globe was finished but at least could know his dream was going to have a good end.

Many words should be written about it, in a while just images...

Slideshow of my visit to Shakespeare's The Globe (2007)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Korean Drums in Thames Festival 2007

Thames Festival 2007 is the only cultural festival in London in September. It lasts only for two days (September 15th and 16th), one weekend, but is full of artistic and cultural events from all over the world and from people living in London but with very different cultural origin.

Walking on the riverside of the Thames you could find a sea of people enjoying food, dancing, buying artcrafts, and seeing performances.

This Korean Drums were performing with that particular energetic way on the stage of a theatrical square close to the Tower of London. Enjoy them!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm not in Beijing

Dear friends and anyone interested in this Blog,

I'm not in Beijing now, I'll be studying in London during the next 4 weeks; I have no time to write in the usual rhythm, I hope you understand this.

Thanks to all for your comprehension

Gustavo Thomas 

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Classic Greek Theatre Relics at Capital Museum, in Beijing.

China is living a World cultural fever, receiving every two or three months exhibitions of important cultural institutions from all over the world. This time Le Musée du Louvre and the French Government brought part of the great Classic Greek Art collection that belongs to this museum.

Dozens of ancient copies (First and Second Centuries a.C.) of important Classic Greek masterpieces were exhibited during July and August 2007 at Capital Museum in Beijing.

Many of these pieces were related to Classic Greek Theatre: small reproductions of comedy actors and masks, some amphora depicting scenes from tragedies (Aeschylus' Oresteia and Euripides' Medea), and sculpted busts of some of the greatest playwrights in ancient Greece (Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes).

A short but enlightening exhibition. Someone working in theatre or a theatre lover would find this experience very exciting and almost unique.

Of course I had some strange feeling watching that double bust with the heads of Aristophanes and Sophocles, or that sculpture of Euripides sitting with the list of his plays to the sides. I have to confess that I had one favorite piece, a kind of "unconscious" predilection: the amphora depicting one scene of the Tragedy of Medea, her killing one of her sons; fascinating depiction, simple, but powerful.

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