mon 27/04/2015

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk Q&A Special: The Falling

Kieron Tyler

The Falling, released in cinemas this week, charts the events surrounding an epidemic of fainting among pupils of a girls' school in the late 1960s. The trigger appears to be the end of the friendship between the intense Lydia and the outgoing Abbie. Much in the dream-like film is unexplained. Abbie’s difficult home life is perhaps a contributing factor, as may be the institution’s disconnection from the liberal world evolving beyond the school’s gates.The first major fiction film by director...

First Person: Learning the lessons

Jonathan Guy Lewis

A Level Playing Field is the first play in my trilogy Education Education Education. The trilogy is my response to the black cloud of exams which has arrived in our household every spring for the last nine years – just as the sun was beginning to shine.It is my response to the maniacal devotion to testing and prescriptive teaching in our schools, in which exams are not just a diagnostic part of learning but the sine qua non of an education based on conformity and compliance.The first of the...

theartsdesk in Thuringia: Easter with Bach

David Nice

Sing, dance, breathe: those are the three imperatives for successful Bach performance, and three superlative interpretations at the Thuringia Bach...

10 Questions for Musician Squarepusher

Thomas H Green

Squarepusher, AKA Tom Jenkinson (b. 1975) is a groundbreaking electronic musician. Growing up in Essex, he first came to prominence in the mid-...

Dennis Marks, 1948-2015

Mark Kidel

Dennis Marks, who has passed away at the young age of 66, was in every way larger than life. A talented and prolific music and arts documentary...

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

theartsdesk in Aalborg: Northern Winter Beat 2015

Kieron Tyler

Peter Hook, Efterklang’s new band and the music of agitated hamsters in north Denmark

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress, Artangel at Somerset House

Mark Kidel

The musician in full creative swing: a voyeur’s delight

Quick! Win tickets for the London Art Fair

Fisun Güner

For great British art under one roof

First Person: Finding Oppenheimer

Tom Morton-Smith

The author of the RSC's new play about the creator of atomic bomb seeks an elusive truth

First Person: Doing The Walworth Farce

Sean Foley

Acclaimed comedy director introduces Enda Walsh's new farce starring three Gleesons

The Story of The Beatles' Last Song

James Woodall

Extract from a new Kindle single about the recording of 'Abbey Road'

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