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3 February 2011

The Weekly Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

By Staff Blogger

Theatre

Gate Theatre: Fatherland (10 February to 12 March)
Caroline Steinbeis directs the world premiere of the Australian playwright Tom Holloway’s new work. When her mother goes away for an overnight conference, Angela is left alone with her father, a man who “loves too deeply”. What starts out as an innocent evening of ice cream and DVDs soon descends into dangerous territory.

Film

Never Let Me Go (released 11 February)
The highly anticipated adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. After leaving Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic boarding school, three friends discover the sinister truth about their fate. The NS film critic Ryan Gilbey discusses the film in his blog.

Music

Royal Festival Hall: Philharmonia Orchestra (10 February)
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts two of Bartók’s most important works, Cantana Profana and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, along with Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring. There is a pre-concert talk at 6pm.

Exhibition

Tate Modern: “Out of Place” (11 February to 17 April)
Four artists from diverse cultural backgrounds consider the relationship between the physical environment and the powerful social and political forces that prevail in their countries.

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Dance

Royal Opera House (ROH2): Ballet Black (9-12 February)
Celebrating their tenth anniversary, this company of classically trained black and Asian dancers returns to the Linbury Studio to present a programme of old and new works.