Peachy the Magazine June July 2014 - Page 142

The New Normal in Charleston There are a few galleries in town that are worth a visit as well. Rebekah Jacobs is “setting the gold standard for Southern photography in the region”, and her eponymous gallery is the best in town. She shows remarkable photography and more limited offerings of painting and sculpture. Jacobs recently acquired a dye transfer print of photographer William Eggleston’s “Red Ceiling”, another print of which hangs in Gallery 851 at the Met in New York. For two brimming weeks each spring the arts scene in Charleston is enhanced exponentially by the Spoleto Festival (as if the town needed some sort of arts steroid injection). As the American doppelgänger to the Italian Festival dei due Mondi, Spoleto immerses Charleston in Watch excerpts from Runaway, a work by Kegwin + Company featured in the 2014 Spoleto Festival. 140 PEACHYTHEMAGAZINE.COM a sea of opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz by both emerging and established artists. 2014 Spoleto highlights include composer Michael Nyman’s opera “Facing Goya” which explores elitism, the pseudo-science of physiognomy and the angst-ridden world of art criticism. Two beguiling works, “Megalopolis” and “Runaway”, are by the ingenious New York-based Keigwin + Company, a contemporary dance troupe which interlaces technical dance technique with references to fashion, pop culture and the pace of urban life. Also of interest is Exit/Exist, the work of Gregory Maqoma, a South African dancer who channels Chief Maqoma, a Xhosa warrior and tribal ancestor of the dancer who resisted imperialism. Maqoma’s work incorporates eclectic dance styles and African ritual, and he is accompanied by sublime guitarist Giuliano Modarelli and a quartet of vocalists. So head to this beguiling metropolis of the Lowcountry soon, but give yourself some room on your agenda, and prepare to be surprised. As Ferran Adria once said of elBulli, “the ideal customer doesn’t come to eat but to have an experience”…and it is the experience that should be paramount in Charleston as well. n