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Arts ahead: March 9 to March 16

Jerwood Dance House
March 23-24

ADAPTING Shakespeare to contemporary dance is becoming increasingly popular and one of the latest manifestations is the version of Macbeth by the award-winning Mark Bruce Company.

Nine dancers present the tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature, with Jonathan Goddard and Eleanor Duval dancing the Macbeths in a two-hour production without interval.

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
Until May 20

This exhibition explores the history of Indian textiles, empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today.

Focusing on the relationship between Britain and India, hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies are uncovered, including current debates around ethical trade and responsible consumerism.  

The exhibition showcases new artworks by the internationally renowned artists The Singh Twins, primarily known for their entirely hand-painted work in the Indian miniature tradition, along with digitally created imagery.

Each addresses a different theme relating to India’s textile industry, while others explore the relationship between trade, conflict and consumerism in an age of empire and the modern day.

Also at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from July 21 to September 16.

So That You Can Live
Tyneside Cinema
Pilgrim Street
March 15

Presented as part of Resistance: British Documentary Film in the excellent AV festival which runs to the end of the month, So That You Can Live is a 1981 film by Cinema Action.

Eschewing the group's more overtly political output, it tells the life story of Shirley Butts, an engineering union convenor who loses her job after a strike over equal pay.

Eleanor Marx: The Jewess of Jews Walk
April 18-May 12
The Sydenham Centre
Sydenham Road

When Eleanor Marx moved to Jews Walk, Sydenham, in 1895, she believed she would be happy there. To Eleanor, a self-styled "Jewess," even the name of the road seemed a good omen.

Her hopes could not be further from reality. Within months, Karl Marx’s youngest daughter was suffering at the hands of her common-law husband Edward Aveling, with shocking consequences.

To this day, the dramatic events that unfolded at Jews Walk are shrouded in mystery and doubt and Lucy Kaufman's play sheds new light on this political activist, translator, early feminist and often neglected figure of historical importance, while tackling themes of love, loyalty, identity, betrayal, domestic abuse and the role of women in society.


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