comedy about violence and the movies, written in tandem with the novel of the same title. Centring on an Oscar-winning director of gut- wrenching thrillers, it confronts him and his actress girlfriend (played by Emma Noble) with real-life versions of his onscreen villains. The result is as dark and twisted as one of Blackadder’s metaphors.
53. Geometry Of Miracles (Glasgow: SECC, 30 Mar—3 Apr) The latest theatrical extravaganza from Montreal's puckish Robert Lepage. Based around the relationship between American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Russian composer/mathematician Georgi Gurdieff, this show, like all Lepage’s work, is constantly evolving, and is likely to veer off into all kinds of bizarre but thrilling dimensions. The show is produced by Tramway (which is closed until January 2000) and ties in with Frank Lloyd Wright: The Living City, a major exhibition for Glasgow 1999, UK City Of Architecture & Deggn.
54. Stiff! (Edinburgh: Royal Lyceum, l6 Apr—8 May; Dundee Rep, 18—31 May; Stirling: MacRobert Arts Centre, 1 1—1 5 May; Glasgow: King’s Theatre,1~5 Jun) Forbes Masson’s new black comedy musical based on the Faust myth. A deVil called Neville and a stonemason called George are the central characters. Directed by Caroline Hall for her own Diva company, this will be a high-profile tour, and stars Masson himself as George (see panel).
55. Harry Hill: Sild P.I. (Glasgow: Royal Concert Hall, 9 May) Japes and crepe soles from the doctor-turnecl-absurdist, who dubs himself ’The Affable Affenpinsc‘her’ for this, the only Scottish date of his spring tour. And there’s us thinking a sild was a tinned fish.
56. John Shuttleworth in Ken’s Karvery (Glasgow: Cottier Theatre, 12 Mar) Sheffield’s brown-belt Yamaha—master (second dani has been hired for a residency at Ken's Karvery, and will regale his audiences on this national tour with some of the hits he’s come up With to entertain the diners. As one song observes, 'Life ls Like A Salad Bar 7- You Only Get One Visit’. 57.Adam Bloom (Glasgow: Cottier Theatre, 11 Feb, Edinburgh: Gilded Balloon, 13 Feb) Everyone at the Edinburgh Fringe has taken this cocky little Londoner to their hearts over the past few years. Now he’s out on tour, and we reckon no one else can resist him too.
58. Carmen (Edinburgh: Festival Theatre, 22—26 Jun) Britain’s most forward-thinking ballet company, Northern Ballet Theatre, comes over all sultry with this dance take on the opera favourite, choreographed by Rambert stalwart Didy Veldiiian.
59. Culberg Ballet (Edinburgh: International Festival, Aug) Sleeping Beauty and Giselle as
you've iii-yer seen them before, from the Swediin iirodein danr 0 company for whom the word ballet is a (lf‘llllllf? misnomer.
60. Meg Stuart, Ann Hamilton & Damaged Goods (Edinburgh: International Festival, Aug) Dance/Visual arts collaboration from Brussels- based American choreograpl'ier Stuart, whose emotionally and intellectually challenging work is a love it or hate it kind of thang.
61 Scottish Dance Theatre (On tour: spring/autumn) The re-vamped contemporary company continues to impress and should deliver a good night out for dance fans on its spring and autumn tours. Big news for 1999 is a new work by artistic director Janet Smith, set to a specially commissioned score by Scottish composer Craig Armstrong, who recently picked
up a BAFTA for hit film Romeo And Juliet. Plans are also afoot for SDT's first international tour. 62. Scottish Ballet (On tour, dates to be announced). The nation’s ballet company continues to tread water without an artistic director, but still manages to conjure up a respectable programme for 1999. La Sy/phide will do for traditionalists, while Robert North’s Light Fandango, with which it shares a bill, should provide a slice of classic contemporary. Also on the horizon is the typeface-challenged nIgHt LiFe, introducing three ballets new to the company from Tim Rushton, Lila York and a hoped-for company premiere of a rarely- performed work by the great Kenneth MacMillan.
63. Gary Lambert (Glasgow: Arches, 19 Feb) Bubbling under is this promising event which takes young Brit choreographer Lambert into the clubworld in this collaboration with an as yet unnamed DJ. Our ear to the ground tells us an eminent fellow of the drum & bass persuasion is in the frame. Watch this space, groovers.
64. Jungle Magic (Edinburgh: The Potterrow, monthly Sats) Get over those ’drum & bass is dead’ blues — Jungle Magic will prove the cynics wrong. Run by Peter Symington aka the legendary DJ Kid, Jungle Magic will be satisfying even the most cynical drum & bass fan with a legion of guests and high quality residents. Look out for Scotland v Ireland in February, Planet V in March and the Trouble On Vinyl launch party in May.
65. Slam (Glasgow: The Arches, from Fri 29 Jan) Stuart and Orde mastermind a new regular Friday night at The Arches which kicks off proper with ’two legendary French guests’. This night will replace the existing fragmented events and will feature DJ Q, Jengaheads, Phar Out, Lawrence Hughes, Silicone Soul plus some big name guests.
66. Record Labels (Glasgow/Edinburgh) 1999 will be the year that Glasgow labels lean more towards collaboration and innovation. Expect great things from Lars Sanderberg’s new label Dark Knights Inc and Paul Cawley’s Fenetik. Meanwhile, Harri and Stevie Middleton get together on an as-yet unnamed label. Finiflex Studios in Edinburgh will have their long- awaited label up and running this year, and there will be loads of releases on both Uber Disko and Platoon. Also on the east coast, Yush! are releasing Volume 4 and a new Blacka’nized album.
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Daniel Ibbotson is one of those annoying, wildly talented individuals who makes you feel you've been a bit slack in the creative department. He's just released his second album, Streamlines (Glasgow Underground), the follow up to last year's New Stories on Reel Discs, and his deeply musical late night jazzy house has seen him getting high chart placings from such luminaries as Ashley Beedle, Gilles Peterson and Kruder and Dorfmeister.
That’s not all though. See the picture? Ibbotson, a graduate of Glasgow School Of Art, took it himself and works as a professional photographer. He's
also a designer for Graven Images, the company that has styled the majority of cool directional bars, restaurants and clubs in Scotland. One of his more recent projects with Graven was in the design of
Glasgow's first lap dancing bar, including the mock money for the place too. We don't grudge him his immense talent at all. No, really. (Rory Weller)
I Streamlines is out now on Glasgow Underground.
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