Something For The Weekend: Fri 18 – Sun 20 October

1. Alison Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator – Opens Sat 19 October

Opening this weekend, The Lowry is proud to present the first exhibition within our new Performer as Curator series, which sees art works selected from collections around the world by musician Alison Goldfrapp. Her exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore some of the singer’s personal inspirations through the painters, film makers, illustrators and photographers who have shaped her own inimitable artistic vision.

This diverse and high profile selection of works will portray the artist’s fascination in the darker side of fairy tales and folklore through traditional and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists. Goldfrapp, who graduated from art school while writing and performing music, also art directs all things visual for the band. The exhibition explores the themes of transformation, metamorphosis and identity that often recur within traditional fairy tales and that have been represented within works of art for centuries.

goldfrapp trio
(From L-R) John Stezaker, Untitled, 1988-90 / Anna Fox, Country Girls, 1999 / Toshiko Okanoue, Nature, undated

2. Carlos Acosta In Conversation – Sat 19 October

The internationally renowned ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, discusses his debut novel Pig’s Foot.

The tumultuous history of Cuba (slavery, wars of independence, Bacardi rum, dictatorship and revolution) is told through the character of Oscar Kortico in this sweeping novel full of dark comedy and strange revelations in the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez.

Pig’s Foot was included in Waterstones’ list of most important literary debuts of 2013. Carlos Acosta is also the author of the autobiography No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer’s Story.

Part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

Carlos Acosta Cropped

3. After the Rainfall – Sat 19 October

Spanning 70 years and four interconnecting stories, After the Rainfall forges a modern tale about the aftermath of the British Empire.

This epic piece of adrenaline-fuelled theatre investigates the architecture of ant colonies and their relationship to human behaviour.

curious directive (Your Last Breath, 2012) use a breathtaking mix of multimedia video, original composition, sound and scenography to create exciting multi-layered narratives.

Post show discussion in association with Direct North: Free to ticket holders

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