Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2014, the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The Italian classical pianist introduces this unique instrument
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument

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