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The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

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Tino Sehgal comes to the Tate Modern (Photo:Getty)


Tate Modern, London SE1 - Tino Sehgal, 24 July – 28 October

Tino Sehgal undertakes the annual commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of The Unilever Series. Sehgal’s radical, audience-orientated work explores the experience of live encounters between people, eschewing physical production. By creating social situations, Sehgal looks to address the visitor directly. For the 36 year old British-born German artist, the immaterial and intangible is everything.


Barbican Hall, London EC2 - Wynton Marsalis, 25 - 26 July

American trumpeter and arch-conservative jazz purist Wynton Marsalis takes his historically informed music to London with the UK premiere of Swing Symphony – a symphonic exploration of the evolution of swing. Marsalis is joined by his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.


Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 – Dylan Moran, 20 July

Greenwich Comedy Festival, set in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, closes with Irish comic Dylan Moran’s brand of sharp observational comedy. Moran navigates religion, relationships and life’s absurdities and delivers it with signature shambolic charm. Support comes from comedian and performance poet Tim Key.


Tate Modern, London SE1 - Ei Arakawa, 22-29 July

The Tate Modern’s new space devoted to live art, The Tanks, hosts a week-long residency from the Japanese artist Ei Arakawa. Arakawa uses elements of dance, sculpture and sound in his work. The residency includes a workshop examining this cross-disciplinary work as well as the history of ballet in 1920s Japan, while a “single’s night” invites singles to dance with paintings by Jutta Koether.


National Theatre, London SE1 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,  24 July – 27 October

Simon Stephens adapts Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, for the stage. 15-year-old autistic Christopher tracks down the killer of his neighbour’s dog, setting out on a journey that changes his world. Stephens’s production features Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack and Luke Treadaway.


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