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Arts ahead: October 16 2018

Darkness into Light: The Emotional Power of Art
October 20-January 13

Art has a boundless capacity to affect our emotions, whether reflecting our deepest fears or filling us with joy and it can be a profound reminder of what it means to be human.

Jeffrey Camp, Swimming, 1959

This exhibition explores a spectrum of emotional states, from fear and anxiety to happiness, hope and serenity. It includes work by Elizabeth Blackadder, David Bomberg, Elisabeth Frink, Peter Howson, Chantal Joffe, HaYoung Kim, RB Kitaj, CRW Nevinson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Fiona Rae, Eric Ravilious, Anne Redpath and Graham Sutherland.

Wilde Lieder Marx
King’s Place
October 24

Wilde Lieder Marx is a concert by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group exploring the life, works and ideas of Karl Marx and his continuing relevance 200 years after his birth.

Pierrot Laborieux (work & The Work) by Celeste Oram (pictured) examines the idea of musical work as a commodity we buy, sell and consume, while Frederic Pattar's Deflation: Eine Kleine Marxmusik uses the phenomenon of economic deflation to sculpt a vivid sonic interpretation of the rise then fall of wealth in a capitalist system and Reid Allan evokes the revolutionary dreams of a man, once boldly protesting Marxist ideals, who's now confined to a humdrum life in the City in a work inspired by Terry Helenson’s Revolutionary Dreams.

Calder Bookshop Theatre
November 1-25

The Soviet ideal of womanhood is the theme of Anatole Glebov’s 1928 play Inga, which poses the question of whether women can be equal to men while maintaining their feminine “difference.”

The action in this adaptation takes place in a pre-revolutionary clothing factory, where Inga attempts to drag the women workers into the Soviet era, a task to be completed in the face of their entrenched attitudes as well as the men with whom she lives and works.

It's a proto-feminist play which still has relevance 90 years after it was first staged.

Do's and Don’ts
Town Hall
Until October 21

Documentary theatre specialists Rimini Protokoll from Germany conduct a very unusual tour around Paisley on a journey in a remodelled truck which acts as a mobile auditorium looking out at the urban environment through a large window.

Next to the driver sits a child, who invites the audience to examine the city and the people in it who come in to contact with its laws, rules, norms, rituals, explicit and implicit arrangements, and visible and invisible codes — the do’s and don’ts. A soundscape created by a local choir supports and comments on the journey. Intriguing.


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