This week is quite busy one. Not only is it my last week of classes, with every day taking me one step closer to my dissertation, and eventual graduation and job search, but iso also absolutely packed with different art events which makes everything better– or at least keeps me too busy and distracted to start feeling stressed!
On Tuesday I spent the middle of the afternoon at the British Museum to celebrate the last week of classes. As much as I love going to museums with friends and/or Cameron, there’s something really nice about going alone sometimes. I don’t feel bad about lingering too long in front of one piece, and can go back to have another look at things without the group waiting for me. Recently every time I’ve gone to an art museum I feel like I’ve seen someone touching a piece of art they shouldn’t be– I don’t know if it’s a new thing, or if I just hadn’t noticed before. Either way, seeing someone reach out and touch one of the painted doorways from an Egyptian pyramid is always a bit of a shock.
In the evening Cameron and I went to the Barbican to see a contemporary adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Gerald Barry. Commissioned in 2011 by the Barbican and LA Philharmonic, this is the first staging since (it got until April 3). At first I found it hard to follow, I soon grew to like the sort of absurdity in parts, which has been one of my favourite parts of Wilde’s original play. The idea that one ‘acquire relations’ as soon as possible is just one example, and the jig danced by Jack/Earnest and Lady Bracknell during the scene only confirms this. My favourite part, though, was the conversation between Gwendolyn and Cecily when they think they are engaged to the same man, which in the original is full of good manners and yet dripping with dislike. In Barry’s version the two women speak evenly through megaphones while just to the side plates are smashed between each word, followed shortly after by flying cake when the two sit for tea. While decidedly different from Wilde’s original, I think the spirit remains- it’s humorous, a bit dangerous, and feels like a bit of a whirlwind.
Tonight we do a complete turnaround and head to the Royal Opera House to see Giselle. I was already excited a few months ago when we booked the tickets, but now am looking forward to it even more. Two weeks ago my Arts and Management seminar went to the Royal Opera House for class and were given a tour at the end of our session, in which we got to see a bit of rehearsals for the ballet and some of the set pieces being moved on stage, which has made me even more excited for tonight!
With so many fun and exciting things happening, it’s hard to be too sad about classes ending. But it’s still unbelievable to think that I’m already 2/3 finished with my master’s programme. In many ways it feels like I’ve just started (insert cheesy ‘time flies’ quote here). At at rate, I’m strangely excited to get to work on my dissertation, and to see what happens next.