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In the merry months of April and May, two performance festivals shook our Copenhagen: Neo-Reality, a series of alternative burlesque cabarets that were hosted by the English artist David Hoyle and produced by Warehouse 9, and Hitparade, a festival of international performance art, curated by Henrik Vestergaard Friis and Liveart.dk. Both events brought necessary shots … Continue reading The Lynch Report | All hail the Hoyle and Hit parade
One day when I was a young boy, I went to school only to discover that the free milk had been taken away. Once home, I asked my mother why this was. Her response? “Thatcher, the milk snatcher”. What was a Thatcher, I thought? My young science-fiction and horror movie-fuelled mind imagined a one-eyed, 12-armed … Continue reading The Lynch Report | Who took my milk?
I have been spending a lot of time in airports recently. I don’t like it, but I used to love it. From 1990 to 2000, I travelled to Europe from Australasia twice a year and toured within both continents extensively. I know most European airports intimately. I enjoyed taking the earliest flight or finding the … Continue reading The Lynch Report | How to bait a Jehova’s Witness
I am writing this while on tour and teaching street kids in southern India with my theatre company. The food is exquisite, the culture magnificent and the heat, I add with some sadistic pleasure for all you back in Copenhagen, is divine. Despite India’s beauty, and the ridiculously happy street kids I am currently teaching, … Continue reading The Lynch Report | The CPR safety net
There are three things that produce in me a strong sense of nostalgia: alcohol, getting into a fight and seeing a James Bond film. Last week, during a mates’ night out to watch the film ‘Skyfall’, I was allowed the indulgence in all three. The purpose of my going to see ‘Skyfall’, apart from giving … Continue reading The Lynch Report | On nostalgia, fighting and reach-arounds
When the Duchess of Cambridge – née Kate Middleton – was photographed topless with the Hubble Telescope from a road in the south of France this past August, it prompted the Danish editor-in-chief of the intellectual, high-class media journal Se og Hør to state that Kate herself must accept some responsibility for “willingly revealing her … Continue reading The Lynch Report | Kate and her feminist breasts
As a foreigner, what was your first impression of Denmark? What were your thoughts, feelings and expectations? My first memory was of the flickering light and shadows that played about the train as it trundled under and through central Copenhagen. It was a wet September night and I had arrived here for love and to … Continue reading The Lynch Report | First impressions
In its valiant attempt to impersonate a real summer, our Danish August is currently impressing and forging a path to the first of September when, come rain or shine, the Danes will don their autumnal uniform of warm brown or black leather jackets, trousers and hats. Until the conformity of that September day, … Continue reading The Lynch Report | The Olympics, my summerhouse and a niggling doubt
I don’t like football. I do like boxing. I sat through this year’s Champions League final at a Copenhagen sports bar in order to see Mikkel Kessler fight Allan Green. I like Kessler because he is a good if not great boxer. I also like him because in a country where getting into a fight … Continue reading The Lynch Report | How to piss off a Dane (not)
A week ago I sat in the manager’s office of the Dagmar Cinema in Copenhagen. I was giving the last performance notes before the premiere of a show for the CPH:PIX film festival. There were three actors in the meeting: Charlotte Munck of ‘Anna Pihl’ fame, Bo Madvig from the dance world, and the 76-year-old … Continue reading The Lynch Report | Dreyer’s artistic perseverance
“These girls just use me,” said my new friend of 42 seconds. “They treat me like a piece of meat.” So spoke the latest victim of the great Danish female sex drive, a feeling-sorry-for-himself, English 25-year-old bent over a Jack Daniels shot glass in a bar in Nørrebro. After three months of life and … Continue reading The Lynch Report | Danish sex, Jack Daniels and equality
The reaction to a Danish theatre’s proposal to stage a play about the manifesto of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Brievik would appear to insinuate that artists should wait in the wings while politicians, the media and public opinion decide when and how the event should be commented upon. Christian Lollike, the artistic director of Café … Continue reading The Lynch Report | The suppression of art
Danes for Obama Americans weren’t the only ones glued to their televisions as the US presidential election results rolled in early Wednesday morning Danish time. Nearly 500 revellers were on hand at Politikens Hus for an election party co-sponsored by Democrats Abroad, Carlsberg and CNN. And many Danish journalists – and engrossed citizens alike – … Continue reading In other news … (Nov 9-15)
Hollywood is revisiting the Power Rangers, King Kong, Beauty and the Beast, The Birth of the Nation, Patriot Games and even the 1970s/80s motorcycle cop TV series CHiPs – a show that really annoyed me when I was seven. Has it always been spelt that way? Yes! Another reason to hate it! Not as good … Continue reading At Cinemas: Springtime for Hollywood and germination – every year without fail
The government health agency has been criticised for not looking for children who may have been born with a cancer-causing illness inherited from an anonymous sperm donor