thu 28/05/2015

Features & Interviews

Listed: Essential BBC Proms


Hottest tickets for seats at the Proms have probably all gone already. Yet the beauty of it is that so long as you start queueing early enough you can always get to hear the greatest, or rather the most popular, artists, for £5 in the Arena which is of course easily the best place to be acoustically in the notoriously unpredictable Royal Albert Hall. And don’t say you’re too old to stand: a 91-year-old student of mine – her name, Grace Payne, needs celebrating – has been doing it, with a...

theartsdesk in Dresden: Fire and Ice

Paul Gent

Dresden is slowly opening up to the world. All but destroyed by British bombing in the Second World War, locked away inside Communist East Germany for 40 years, it is now becoming a tourist honeypot. On a warm day in May, you can see the snap-happy groups of Japanese and Germans trailing behind their guides, marvelling at the imposing Baroque buildings in the Old Town. You see them queuing patiently for the extraordinary museums and poring over the the restaurant menus in the city’s huge...

BB King: 'I play the way I'm feeling...

Elaine Lipworth

B B King was the greatest blues guitarist of the age. Many contemporary rockers credit him as a formidable inspiration, from Mick Jagger to Eric...

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Gavin Higgins

Graham Rickson

Composer Gavin Higgins and choreographer Mark Baldwin’s Dark Arteries is billed by Rambert as “the world’s first brass band dance work” and has its...

Maya Plisetskaya, 1925-2015

Ismene Brown

The great Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, renowned for her deathless Dying Swan and a performing career that lasted more than 60 years, died...

'You must accept that muscle is machinery'


Exclusive poems from 'The Spalding Suite', a new stage play about basketball

theartsdesk Q&A Special: The Falling

Kieron Tyler

Director Carol Morley and actress Florence Pugh on a major new British film about mass schoolgirl hysteria

First Person: Learning the lessons

Jonathan Guy Lewis

Jonathan Guy Lewis on his new play ‘A Level Playing Field’ - and the need to reinvent education

theartsdesk in Thuringia: Easter with Bach

David Nice

Revelatory performances in the holy land of the greatest composer

10 Questions for Musician Squarepusher

Thomas H Green

Electronica supremo talks of dreams, criticism, counterculture, Brighton and much else

Dennis Marks, 1948-2015

Mark Kidel

An arts and broadcasting giant who was an inspired head of music at the BBC

theartsdesk in New York: On Kawara at the Guggenheim Museum

Markie Robson-Scott

A powerful meditation on time through dating, mapping and listing

Brighton Festival: The Locations That Make the Festival

Thomas H Green

A colourful guide to the 10 varied spaces inhabited by this year's eclectic festival

theartsdesk in Bilbao: Niki de Saint Phalle at the Guggenheim Museum

Fisun Güner

Brides, whores and nanas: the visceral works that draw on the artist's difficult life

Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015): A virtuoso remembered

Christopher Lambton

Memories of a maverick pianist and composer of 80-minute homage to Shostakovich

Why everyone should see The Mysteries from Cape Town

Jasper Rees

How a medieval play from Chester ended up in Xhosa and Zulu

10 Questions for Filmmaker Damián Szifron

Demetrios Matheou

'Wild Tales' director reflects on his portmanteau film about ‘the pleasure of losing control’

Cheikh Lô: Dreadlocked Islamic Funk

Peter Culshaw

The majestic Senegalese singer is back with a new EP and glossy video

Building a Library: Living with Sibelius

David Nice

What's it like to listen to umpteen recordings of one work? Heaven, says a Radio 3 regular

2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Peter Quinn

Gongs, cheers and digs at the House of Commons

Opinion: Where's the crisis at ENO?

David Nice

Something may be rotten at the London Coliseum, but it isn't the artistic team

First Person: The Meaning of Mermaids

Polly Teale

The Shared Experience director discovers a fresh path into the underwater world of Hans Christian Andersen

Rattle for the LSO: great or just good news?

David Nice

Sir Simon finally committed to London post in 2017

theartsdesk in Calais: Simon Faithfull – To the Bottom of the World and Back

Sarah Kent

Online messages sent from elsewhere by an artist who loves the sea

Extract: I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny

Mick Houghton

Tables turned as Fairport Convention are auditioned by their new singer

theartsdesk in Moscow: Remembering George Costakis

Tom Birchenough

Moscow pays tribute to the great Greek collector of the Russian avant-garde

'I'm the photographer. Any nudity? Any fighting?'

Bill Knight

theartsdesk's theatre snapper exposes the secrets of the trade

theartsdesk in Moscow: A Bewitching Eugene Onegin

Fisun Güner

A magical realisation of Pushkin's verse novel that's coming to London

Steve Strange, 1959-2015

Bruce Dessau

Ghost biographer remembers the New Romantic leader as a creative spirit and true pioneer


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