10th Oct 2012

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

A Nos Amours



Salon-London – Cultural Moi?

10th October – Adam Roberts of A Nos Amours

Joanna Hogg and I agree about everything. So for us to pick out films to show comes very easily. Joanna is shooting her new film at the moment, so it falls to me to reveal what films and cultural diversions I’m interested in – which will naturally be her picks too.

Our next film – as a visit to our web site www.anosamours.co.uk will soon reveal – is Herk Harvey’s lovely, moody, delirious very low budget Carnival of Souls from 1962. The organ score by Gene Moore and the monochrome cinematography of Maurice Prather are unforgettable. Roger Clarke will be there to introduce the film for us, and will read from his soon to be published A Natural History of Ghosts. This book I predict will be a best seller – and should be on everyone’s reading list. If you Tweet, we send out updates from @a_nos_amours, and if you do Facebook, we have a page too: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Nos-Amours/367833816618112

The London Film Festival is just about to start. I’ve booked to see Winter Nomads (Hiver Nomade) at the ICA on Thursday 11th. This film by Manuel von Stürler follows two Swiss shepherds and their flock of 800 sheep as they make their annual journey - transhumance – from summer to winter pastures. The reviews have been tantalising – I have loved Raymond Depardon’s films about rural life, and I’m hoping for something quite as good. There are still tickets available at Cine Lumiere (https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=571DC0D7-5710-48E6-A1C5-A1B6259361D9)

Also in the LFF I’m booked to see Hong Sang-soo’s film In Another County (https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=0B8FEE26-4ABB-4765-A46B-4CFBFAE0D73E)

Dance Umbrella meanwhile is offering a site specific piece until Saturday – ‘Time Has Fallen Asleep’ by the Norwegian choreographer Mette Edvardsen. It’s in Islington Central Library. Book a short slot and an artist will recite you a story, one to one. I’m going to hear Bartelby, the wonderful short story by Hermann Melville. Here’s the link: http://danceumbrella.co.uk/mette-edvardsen

My friend Jonathan Burrows, who is co-curating dance Umbrella described it to me: book a meeting with a performer who performs just for you, lasting something like half an hour as you stroll gently through the books. Don't worry, it’s not at all intimidating. It’s as though your companion disappears and the book they are telling you begins to speak - and then all the books surrounding you seem to become alive. It's a lovely choreography of the memories, ideas and images. And don't worry which book you choose, it's the person speaking who is important.

Another minimalist treat I’m looking forward to is So Below, devised and performed by Gerard Bell and Karen Christopher at the Chelsea Theatre (http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/so-below/). Gerard and Karen have this to say: ‘We walk on the wrong side, we fail to progress, we run from the dance, we light the match, we define happiness, we have a cup of tea, we stumble over the distinction between pain and itch. We can’t find the horizon. We tremble in the face of death. We tend the garden. We attempt to present our findings on the quality of distance’. Who can resist! I’ll be there.

I could mention, if I wanted to give a complete picture of my cultural life at the moment, that I’m reading Adorno’s Minima Moralia – but that would sound pretentious. Adorno himself is scathing about people like me who like to make public mention such cultural touchstones. So I won’t!