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Viewing The Turn of The Screw, Marquee TV

With the world in and out of lockdown, it’s been a turbulent time for the arts. The good news is that Marquee TV, the global streaming platform described by the Financial Times as ‘the new Netflix for the arts’, has been doing its bit to bring the world’s greatest dance, ballet, opera and theatre to our homes.

Now it’s the turn of Benjamin Britten’s spine-chilling chamber opera, The Turn of the Screw. Based on Henry James’ Gothic novella, it tells the story of a young governess, desperate to protect her two orphan charges, Miles and Flora, from mysterious, ghostly happenings at a remote country estate.

The opera, presented and produced by OperaGlass Works, was filmed at Wilton’s Music Hall, the historic London venue where it was set to premiere in March 2020. Conducted by John Wilson and played by the Sinfonia of London, which recorded at Cadogan Hall, this daring production combines qualities of opera, theatre and film to dazzling effect.

‘The most important thing for us was to film the singers live as they performed in the theatre,’ said Eliza Thompson, Director and Co-Founder of OperaGlass Works. ‘The pianist played the accompaniment through an earpiece as they sang. John kept the beat in their ear, creating what we call a live click track, conducting them remotely. We were adapting and learning on our feet.’

OperaGlass Works’ version of The Turn of the Screw is a compelling new addition to the platform’s rich online offering — and is now available to stream on demand. Grab the popcorn, it’s time to get comfy.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery has never before staged a major exhibition dedicated to photography, but it’s more than made up for it with Unearthed, a chronological showcase charting the history of the medium from the 1840s to the present day through images of nature. It considers not just the innovations of key pioneers — such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Weston and the French photographer Adolphe Braun — it also looks at their legacies and influence on later generations of photographers.

It includes work of several overlooked photographers too, among them the English gardener Charles Jones and the Japanese artist Kazumasa Ogawa, who combined printmaking and traditional Japanese craft techniques to produce coloured photographs 30 years before colour film was invented.

You’ll come face to face with everything from Victorian calotypes and close-ups of plant specimens, to beguiling images by the trailblazing symbolist Imogen Cunningham. Standout exhibits include Robert Mapplethorpe’s flagrantly erotic tulips and the dazzling video triptychs of Israeli artist Ori Gersht.

Unearthed offers a chance to revel in the reviving power of nature. In these uncertain times, it’s a much-needed tonic for the soul.

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19 May 2021 — 30 August 2021
Dulwich Picture Gallery