Renaissance Ball at the V&A

29 January 2010, 18:30-22:00

Drawing on the masked tradition of the Commedia del arte join the V&A on a night dedicated to the amazing new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and explore the V&A collection with a museum-wide programme of live music and performance. Dig out your best sparkling ball attire as the Last Tuesday Society bring the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries to life with a night of unique demonstrations, workshops, performances and readings.

Enjoy special concerts by the The Listening Gallery, from the Royal College of Music. Witness a special parade of Renaissance-inspired costume designed by students from the Wimbledon College of Art’s Theatre Design course and sit in on a specially commissioned dance performance choreographed and performed by graduates of the London Contemporary Dance School.

All events are free and drop-in, unless stipulated otherwise.
Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.


DJ Russell Taylor
Grand Entrance
Adjust your masks and raise your goblet to Russell Taylor MBE, Last Tuesday Society Ball DJ extraordinaire.

The Glyndebourne Opera Company
Balcony, Gallery 50A
Timings are tbc
Enjoy a rare treat as Glyndebourne Opera Company as bring the galleries to life with a selection of arias from Tallis and Purcell, who will induct you into the delights of the passepied and pavane.

Balcony, Gallery 50A
Timings are tbc
Listen in to magical madrigals sung by choristers from the Monteverdi Choir.

Finger sticks and Masks
Sackler Art Studio and Sackler Lunch Room
Under the tutelage of master artisan Simon Aronson you can turn your hand to mask making and cast a mould of your index finger to make a special stick for pointing, prodding and poking.
Places are limited.

Lavaterian Silhouettes
Gallery 50A
Monseigneur Simon Warner will utilise the optical trickery of his silhouette chair to create your portrait.

The Little Theatre of Dolls
Gallery 50A
Performance times tbc
Enter the medieval world of mountebanks and marionettes with The Little Theatre of Dolls.

ROBIN AND PARTRIDGE’S Gallant Shadow Theatre present ‘Cottage Cheese Cosmology’
Gallery 64b
Performance times tbc
Robin and Partridge invite you to take a seat as they explore the true story of a sixteenth century miller, heresy and some cheese.

No Yesterday’s on the Road
Raphael Gallery
Timings tbc
View a specially commissioned, site-specific dance piece drawing inspiration from the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Designed and choreographed by graduates of the London Contemporary Dance School four dancers explore an elaborate maze of pathways and chess boards. An abstract depiction of a journey through time, the dance piece is accompanied by a live cello trio with music composed by Jered Sorkin.
Places are limited.

Sculpture Gallery 22 to 24
Timing tbc
Observe as first year students of Design for Performance at Wimbledon College of Art bring to life performance costumes based on contemporary views of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo.

Nathan the Wise
Sculpture Gallery 22 to 24
Timings tbc
Watch as first year Costume Design and Interpretation students from Wimbledon College of Art display specially designed costumes based on a contemporary view of Nathan the Wise, an 18th century dramatic poem by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.

Performances No Yesterdays on the Road, Orfeo and Nathan the Wise supported by Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. With special thanks to Karen Greenhough, London Contemporary Dance School and Peter Farley.

The Listening Gallery
Paintings Gallery 82 and Sculpture Gallery 111
Timings TBC
Listen in on specially commissioned, intimate performances using traditional instruments and choral chanting techniques. The Listening Gallery is a two-year collaboration between the RCM and the V&A. Stemming from recent research in music, art, design, and technology, the project connects objects in the V&A’s collections with music that shares their rich and distinctive pasts.

Tales, Tours and Talks
Explore the redisplay through a series of intimate and intriguing talks and tours.
All timings are tbc
Places are limited. Free tickets will be available from 18.00 on the night

Dan Cruickshank
Renowned historian Dan Cruickshank will act as your guide to the chalices and chasubles, sarcophagi and stemmata of the V&A’s newly opened Medieval and Renaissance galleries.

Curator-led tours
Join V&A curators as they uncover the secrets of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

Telling Tales
Gallery 50B
Timings tbc
The Society’s own bard, Giles Abbot esquire, who will regale you with tales from Tudor England and Classical Antiquity.

The Last Tuesday Society.

And if all that wasn’t enough – the V&A shop will be offering a 15% off discount during the Renaissance Ball!
See V&A Friday Evenings, January 2010 for all the details.

Thanks go to Robin for this!

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