fri 18/04/2014

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Christy Moore, Royal Festival Hall

Jasper Rees

“You’re great listeners. You have surrendered your ears.” The reverent hush that descended for two hours on the Festival Hall last night is a new sort of sound at a Christy Moore...

A View From the Bridge, Young Vic

Matt Wolf

What is it with the London theatre and this particular Arthur Miller play? In 1987, Michael Gambon reached a career-best peak playing the Italian-American longshoreman, Eddie...

Noir Syndrome

Stuart Houghton

Noir Syndrome is a procedural detective game. That's to say procedurally-generated rather than a police procedural - the game is designed to create a random mystery for you to...

Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Udderbelly

Veronica Lee

Science has fallen in love with comedy – or maybe that should be the other way round. Whichever, geek is now chic, and being in possession of a brain is something to be laughed...

10 Questions for Director Lukas Moodysson

Emma Simmonds

The Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson first burst onto the scene in 1998 with the chaotically romantic Show Me Love (original title Fucking Åmål), a story of a love affair...

Magic Magic

Katherine McLaughlin

If Crystal Fairy is about "the birth of compassion in someone’s life”, as director Sebastián Silva explained when it premiered at Sundance last year, then Magic Magic (which he...

Relative Values, Harold Pinter Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

Plotted on the Nunn Curve of Fatal Attraction to Flare Path, Sir Trevor’s latest West End outing – Noël Coward’s post-war...

Deutsche Börse Prize 2014, Photographers' Gallery

Florence Hallett

Not so long ago, photographers were rejoicing in the freedom the digital revolution seemed to bring; unencumbered by the...

Uchida, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

Vladimir Jurowski is a master of the through-composed programme. Yet at first this looked like a more standard format:...

10 Questions for Director Dmitry Krymov

Thomas H Green

Dmitry Krymov (b 1954) is one of Russia’s most groundbreaking and celebrated contemporary theatre directors and set...

Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic Theatre

Naima Khan

Written and directed by the ever-varied Amir Nizar Zuabi, Oh My Sweet Land tells the story of a German-Syrian woman living...

A 21st-century Three Sisters

Anya Reiss

About a week after my modern adaptation of The Seagull closed in 2012 at Southwark Playhouse the director Russell Bolam...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Nick Hasted

Spider-senses will be buzzing alarmingly before the end, as deadly danger approaches Peter Parker and his loved ones - just...

theartsdesk in Sydney: Strictly Ballroom's back

Jeremy Eccles

"Everyone is beautiful when they dance,” oozes the ballroom MC in the midst of a competition that reveals just how un-...

Rodin, Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum

Hanna Weibye

Before Boris Eifman’s second visit to London this week, ballet lovers who missed the divisive Russian dancemaker last time...

Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

It’s a misnomer, of course. Water. It’s not even a prissy misnomer as in “when did you last pass water?” It’s more...

Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern

Fisun Güner

When it comes to the two vying giants of 20th century art we do – don’t we? – all fall into that cliché of two opposing...

We Are the Best!

Kieron Tyler

For a teenager, a parent’s birthday party is never comfortable. As We Are the Best! opens, it’s worse than that for Bobo as...

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian cinema

Tom Birchenough

This April is proving the kindest month for cinephiles. Hot on the heels of Mark Cousins’ engrossing A Story of Children and...

 

WHAT GRAEAE DID NEXT The company director for deaf and disabled performers introduces their collaboration with a Brazilian circus troupe

WATERMEN: A DIRTY BUSINESS, BBC TWO Documentary mainly about clearing drains comes up smelling of roses

10 QUESTIONS FOR DRUMMER BILLY COBHAM Fusion pioneer on creativity, drummer-bandleaders and the triple effect of a hotter climate

RELATIVE VALUES, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE Trevor Nunn is back on form in a straight production that lets Coward's play do the talking

UCHIDA, LPO, JUROWSKI, RFH A lucid journey through three centuries of great German music

DEUTSCHE BORSE PRIZE A shortlist harking back to pre-digital image-making, and with one clear winner

disc of the day

DVD: Seven Samurai

There's much more to Kurosawa's scintillating 16th-century epic than kinetic fight scenes

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film

DVD: Seven Samurai

There's much more to Kurosawa's scintillating 16th-century epic than kinetic fight scenes

10 Questions for Director Lukas Moodysson

The Swedish helmer revisits childhood mischief with his latest

Magic Magic

Sebastián Silva's exploration of a fragile mind features a star turn from Juno Temple

tv

Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC Two

Documentary mainly about clearing drains comes up smelling of roses

theartsdesk at the Final Frontier: Trekkie weekend in Blackpool

New culture minister Sajid Javid is a fan of 'Star Trek'. But has he been to one of these?

Only Connect, BBC Four

Quiz show for unashamed brainiacs returns

new music

Christy Moore, Royal Festival Hall

All-inclusive atmospherics from the undiminished Celtic minstrel

CD: King Of The Mountains - Zoetrope

Voluptuous clouds in a genre with no name

CD: Kelis - Food

Full-flavoured sixth album from one of pop's most intriguing women

classical

Uchida, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

A lucid journey through three centuries of great German music

Trifonov, LSO, Gergiev, Barbican

A synaesthesiac's dream programme including a dazzling performance from a pianist with the world at his feet

The Apostles, BBCSO, Davis, Barbican

Sir Andrew Davis finds the soul of Elgar's visionary oratorio

opera

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

Powder Her Face, English National Opera, Ambika P3

Stylish performances and a classic contemporary opera are lost in this awkward space

Prince Igor, Novaya Opera, London Coliseum

Carry On Up the Dnieper barely redeemed by decent musical values

theatre

A View From the Bridge, Young Vic

Arthur Miller classic returns to the stage stripped-back and stirred-up

Relative Values, Harold Pinter Theatre

Trevor Nunn is back on form in a straight production that lets Coward's play do the talking

10 Questions for Director Dmitry Krymov

Moscow's theatrical vanguardist talks Shostakovich, Shakespeare and more

visual arts

Deutsche Börse Prize 2014, Photographers' Gallery

A shortlist harking back to pre-digital image-making, and with one clear winner

Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern

An irrepressible joy touched by pathos in the French modernist's late works

Valie Export and Friedl Kubelka, Richard Saltoun

Two women who were associated with the Viennese Actionists and who should be better known

dance

Rodin, Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum

A ballet to offend lovers, geniuses, muses, sculptors, mental patients and women everywhere

theartsdesk Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls

Olivier Award-winning genius with light and dance explains his art

The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells

Dance theatre at full throttle in two contemporary takes on Ballets Russes classics

comedy

Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Udderbelly

Popular science show with a few whizz-bangs

10 Questions for Ventriloquist Nina Conti

What makes a postmodern vent act tick?

David Sedaris, Cadogan Hall

Essayist and raconteur tells richly comic tales

gaming

Noir Syndrome

A flawed but interesting attempt at a detective game

Kinect Sports Rivals

Motion-capture technology showcase without a soul

changeType/Ditto

Two ingenious platform games for free

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