Tuesday, 3 March 2015

THE GENTLEWOMAN #11 - SPRING SUMMER 2015 WITH BJöRK


The Gentlewoman No. 11 lands spectacularly with the sonic virtuoso Björk on the cover photographed by Alasdair McLellan, a collaboration that has produced The Gentlewoman’s first full-colour cover. Oh, yes!

Björk surely isn’t the only incredible woman on the pages of this instalment, which includes the multi-tasking creative force Miranda July; Scottish motor-racing dynamo Susie Wolff; renegade artist Andrea Zittel; the industrious British aristocrat Raine, Countess Spencer; Hollywood film director Ava DuVernay; Watford’s favourite daughters, The Staves and acting-CEO of the Clinton Foundation, Maura Pally. Fashion alchemist Hannah MacGibbon leads us on a stylish stroll through north London, while jazzy seasonal fashions are admirably demonstrated by Gisele Bündchen, Freja Beha Erichsen and Iselin Steiro. The array of sunny doings and modern musings is completed by way of a specially-commissioned portfolio by the wondrous artist Ella Kruglyanskaya. Oh, yes, here comes the summer!




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Friday, 27 February 2015

MEDULLA BY BJöRK AT LA MONNAIE / THE OPERA HOUSE IN BRUSSELS, COSTUMES AND SET DESIGN BY HENRIK VIBSKOV

 

‘What happened before we got involved in problematic things like civilization, religion and nationhood ?’ In her conceptual album Medúlla, Icelandic artist Björk returns to a pagan universe that is entirely human. Björk’s composition for a cappella voices explores a huge array of vocal techniques, from throat-singing and choruses to beatboxing and pop harmonies. Released in 2004, the album was her reaction to counter the outbreaks of racism and neo-nationalism after the 9/11 attacks. A decade later, an ensemble of singers representing different generations – children and youth choirs next to senior opera singers – unites to redefine in meditative images what Björk named ‘medúlla’ – ‘an ancient spirit that’s passionate and dark, a spirit that survives’ – the basic element of human condition that unites us all, despite different beliefs, origins, nations and ages.




Medúlla - Björk - © Bernard Coutant / La Monnaie

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