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A Play Becomes Art

When is an art gallery not an art gallery?

When it is transformed into a theatre.

The arts takes on many forms, from painting and music to writing and acting. But more and more the lines between these genres is becoming blurred. Now art galleries are not just displaying drawings and sculptures, but screening films and broadcasting songs.

This is because artists are becoming more eclectic. Instead of sticking to just one discipline, they are exploring all types of ways to express themselves. Alexandre Singh, for example, has worked in mediums that include sculpture, drawing, and playwriting.

The Humans combines all these elements to create an entirely other worldly kingdom that audiences can walk into and interact with.

It was not long ago, back in September that Singh's play, The Humans, premiered in the Netherlands. The three-act comedy was a massive agglomeration of Greek myth, Biblical teaching, and Shakespearean love, with a splash of Alice in Wonderland thrown into the mix.

The story surrounds two characters with opposing natures. First there's Charles Ray, an austere sculptor with a fondness for spouting out lengthy soliloquies. He either loves the sound of his own voice, or has a Hamlet complex. Second is the Queen of the Rabbits, who is much more of the silent type. These contrasts, however, do not stop Tophole (Ray's son) and Pantalingua (The Rabbit Queen's daughter) from hitting it off in a reminiscent Romeo & Juliet sort of way.

Ray has sculpted a collection of magnificent white classical human figures. They are cold and lifeless. Together Tophole and Pantalingua attempt to transform them into soft and lustful real people. The play covers themes of ethics, religion, science, philosophy, and good versus evil, but does so in a slapstick manner.

After the play's success, Singh decided to recreate the show in a new format. From the 23rd January - 29th March, the gallery space at Sprueth Magers will morph into a stage set. Fully equipped with crimson curtains, shop front windows, and performing characters, you will also be able to sit back and watch the fully staged play projected on screen.

The rest of the gallery will then become a museum full of artefacts and props, such as masks, coins, costumes, and production drawings.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 24th Jan-29th March
Phone: 44 (0)20 / 74 08 16 13
Where: Sprueth Magers
Cost: Free
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