April 17th, 2013


Reviews: The Trial, Ubu Roi, The Salon Project, The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei & 2 ballets by Nacho Duato

I've been slowly ratcheting up my shows since my Easter break, and the reviews are trickling in.
Best of everything and with the most quickly approaching end date was Cheek By Jowl's Ubu Roi at the Barbican. It was anarchically wrong and just awfully gleeful; I've never seen greed portrayed so unsympathetically, and I've never seen a toilet brush used as a scepter before.

Most important is probably The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei at Hampstead Theater. I think it may have actually been a boring evening, as mostly we watched Ai Wei Wei sit in a room and be stared at; but I think it had a powerful political intention behind it that turned the "performance" into a political statement. Recommended if you're interested in China, modern art, or human rights.

I was disappointed by two promenades; The Trial by Retz and The Salon Project. God knows I'm dying for friends and conversation, but the Salon Project merely gave me some clothes and champagne; meanwhile The Trial was emotionally uninvolving.

Finally I whipped out a review of some modern ballets by Nacho Duato the Mikhailovsky performed during their Easter visit to London. My ballet reviews don't get read much but I do want to keep working to become better at describing this kind of art, so this review was really for me.

That was advice?

So, the doctor today said I should 1) stop drinking sugary drinks (THANKS I DON'T NOT EVEN IN MY TEA NO REALLY) and 2) take up meditation. Item one was not related to my urticaria at all. Item two was the only solid advice she could give me re: stress reduction. Otherwise, her general advice was, "Well, maybe this will all settle down in another three months or so. And you should really work on reducing the stress in your life." (And we talked about the antihistime and swelling medicine I was taking - fenofexadine and cimetidine - and she didn't really have anything to say about it, either.)

I really don't know what to do about reducing stress. But, aside from getting exercise, just what can I do to try to reduce the amount of stress in my life? (In some ways, there's probably not much point in posting about it here, because 4 out of 5 posts get no responses anyway, so maybe I should ask on Facebook.)

What I really want to do is spend more time around supportive people so I feel safe and less isolated and I can drop my guard more. I did that tonight, and of course every evening with my housemate is pretty good. :-) And things do seem to have calmed down a bit. But really, I must, must, must dial down the stress even more. Having work give me shit about going to the doctor does NOT help, though. Here's hoping that doesn't happen ever again.