May 2022

DANCE: Hofesh Shechter Company, Doble Murder: Clowns / The Fix, 3–5 June, Depot 1, Cologne

With an exciting two-part evening, the internationally celebrated choreographer and musician Hofesh Shechter comes to Cologne with his company to perform "Clowns" and "The Fix". Clowns" forms the first part. In a macabre comedy that deals with murder and desire, "The Fix", brings a tender, fragile sensibility to the stage. Get your ticket.

DANCE: Janine Harrington, Screensaver Series, 2 June, Uferstudios, Berlin

The "Screensaver Series" is a kaleidoscopic live installation inspired by computer screensaver programmes. The continuous movements refer to images from metamorphosis and nature, putting the audience in a meditative state. Get more info and your ticket here.

DANCE: Laura Murphy, “Contra”; Circus Dance Festival, 6 June, Cologne

In "Contra", Laura Murphy combines circus, stand-up and live art to create a progressive solo cabaret full of contradictions. "Contra" is a radically physical performance that questions personal, social and historical projections on female-read bodies in a crude, funny and above all uncompromising way. Tickets here.

EXHIBITION/VISUAL ART: Drück nur auf die Klinke, until 5 June, Jägerschere, Wiepersdorf

Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson are showing their 2022 work “Partition.” Created from straw and waste paper briquettes, the work acts as a barrier between two spaces, an invitation to consider the entanglements of place and history. Martin John Callanan is showing “Wars During My Lifetime” – an ongoing publication project which recently had to be updated. Gallery Opening Times: Sundays 13.00 to 18.00 or by appointment. Have a look here.

EXHIBITION/VISUAL ART: Sean Scully: Song of Colors, until 7 August, Langen Foundation, Neuss

Royal Academy of the Arts member Sean Scully presents his exhibition Songs of Color, comprising more than 50 works from different phases of his artistic endeavour, at the Langen Foundation in Neuss. Scully selected the works on the relationship between them and music, which always played an important part in his life.The spectrum of the works ranges from early works on paper from the late 1960s to his expansive paintings.

EXHIBITION/VISUAL ART: Sue Tompkins: On top of white foam, until 26 June, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg

Sue Tompkins’ work focuses on language and its inherent character of determination. The exhibition On top of the white Foam at Halle für Kunst Lüneburg brings together new text works on paper, an audio piece, as well as a series of paintings developed since 2015. More info here.

EXHIBITION: James Richards, INTERNAL LITTER, until 25 June, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

James Richards was born in Cardiff and now lives and works in Berlin and London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2014. The British artist works with video, sound and installations and can now be seen at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin (Tuesday to Saturday, 12-6 pm and by appointment). See here.

FILM/VISUAL ART: John Smith: Waldeinsamkeit, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, until 6 June

Exhibition of films by Walthamstow-born filmmaker John Smith. His most recent films are often concerned with political events in the wider world, but he continues to find his topics in personal experience and everyday life. Have a look.

Film: Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg, 31 May – 6 June, Hamburg

The Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg is one of the most renowned and important European short film festivals. The festival brings together cinema, exhibitions, performative works, concerts and discourse. This year’s programme will feature various British Films across all sections of the programme and in the competitions. Have a look.

the Literature Seminar's logo: the words now, neu and NI in phonetics

LITERATURE: British Council Literature Seminar, watch online

Now Neu NI: Contemporary Writing from Northern Ireland. The British Council Literature Seminar 2022 will connect a new generation of writers and readers. Join the conversation and watch new and established writers from Northern Ireland first-hand in discussions and readings. Watch online now