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CHARLES KNEVITT (1952 - )
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(photo: Cassandra Tsolakis). Architectural journalist, author and broadcaster Charles Knevitt wrote this one-man show as a tribute to the Swiss-born, French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965) in 2011. It is based on talks he gives on the architect's seminal book of 1923, 'Toward an Architecture' (english editions in the UK and USA 1927), still in print in a score of different languages; and on the most significant women in his life - his mother, his wife, and a string of lovers - the latter talk was originally called 'Le Corbusier knew my Father'. the talks have been given since 2009 in London (Chelsea Arts Club), Bristol (Arnolfini), Valletta, Malta (inaugural Malta Design Week, 2011) and Warsaw, Poland (2012). Knevitt was formerly Architecture Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph (1980-84) and the Times (1984-91), and Director of the RIBA Trust, the cultural arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2004-11). This is his first play. Interest has been expressed in taking it to the edinburgh Fringe and Dubrovnik Festival in 2013, and in turning it into a musical.
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Le Corbusier's Women: A Man In Search Of Himself
Le Corbusier was the greatest architect of the twentieth century and designer of several of its most iconic buildings. As the 'Picasso of Architecture' he became the first global architectural 'brand'. Women exerted a major influence on his life and career - his mother, his wife and a string of lovers, both casual encounters and more serious affairs. He was charismatic - and a self-promoter par excellence, largely through self-publication and the use of new media such as film and television. This one-man, one-act show presents the Man, the Myth and the Artist. He tells his own story - an autobiographical monologue - boasting of his triumphs, and his conquests. they included - allegedly - Josephine Baker, Mitzi Solomon, Minette de Silva, Jane Drew, Marilyn Monroe and Christine Keeler - the woman at the centre of the Profumo Scandal in 1963, although she denies the link. All appear as a projection only. there are just two props: a Le Corbusier chaise-longue and a chair. the atmospheric music before and after the show is by Josephine Baker.
Produced at Riverside Studios by Jayne Beaumont and Derek Woodward. " In 2013 I have performed 'Le Corbusier's Women' at Chelsea Arts Club, London, and Bowery Poetry Club, New York
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