wed 10/02/2016

Features & Interviews

Rock History Revisited in HBO's Vinyl

Adam Sweeting

It was 20 years ago that Mick Jagger suggested to Martin Scorsese that they should make a film "that spanned four decades of the world of music in New York City". The idea has finally come to fruition as Vinyl, HBO's new 10-part series that kicks off on Sky Atlantic on Monday 15 February.The two-hour pilot show is directed by Scorsese and co-written by Terence Winter, who has previously worked with the director on Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf of Wall Street. It's a riotous ride through 1973...

We Made It: Stuntwoman Tracy Caudle

Florence Hallett

With a raft of high-quality digital effects available, real stunts might seem a little old-fashioned. In truth, the art of the stunt is alive and well: according to veteran performer Tracy Caudle, not only is it often cheaper to film the real thing, but “a computerised fall never looks quite right.” She has filmed scenes for TV and film, and with credits including Skyfall, Shaun of the Dead, Midsomer Murders and Doctor Who, chances are you’ve seen her fall to her death, crash a car or come to...

White smoke at the CBSO: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for...

Richard Bratby

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's appointment of the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as its new Music Director won’t have...

The police stopped 'To be or not to be...

Matthew Romain

Za’atari set a precedent. Our performance in the Syrian refugee camp in Jordan became a template for how to perform Hamlet in every nation in the...

100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age

Kelly Grovier

The back cover of my book makes a big claim. “This book dares”, it says, “to predict the 100 most significant works of art made since the 1990s.”...

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Frontiers are breached at Eurosonic festival and the European Border Breakers Awards

Keep Calm and Knuckle Under

Hugh Pearman

A new book claims that behind our love for all things retro lies a sinister, repressive ideology - but is this fair?

Seven sides of Alan Rickman

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He was much more than one of the great British villains, as these clips demonstrate

Boulez, The Rite and the National Youth Orchestra

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Six former members of the NYO remember the late master's inspirational Stravinsky

When Bowie and Boyd hoaxed the art world

Jasper Rees

Nat Tate was a very Modern Painter, invented by William Boyd with the rock star's encouragement

David Bowie: Unforgettable and Unrepeatable

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Charismatic alchemist of music, fashion, stage and screen

David Bowie, 1947-2016

Joe Muggs

The greatest rock star of them all is gone; maybe only his own words will do now.

Opinion: The new London hall - 10 Questions we need to ask

Jessica Duchen

What a new concert venue for London should be – and what it must avoid

Søren Dahlgaard’s Dough Portraits

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Our pick of images from the Danish artist's new book

Best of 2015: Dance & Ballet

Hanna Weibye

Highlights of the last calendar year

Goodbye, Lemmy Kilmister 1945-2015

Thomas H Green

Farewell to a proper, no-holds-barred rock 'n' roller

theartsfest 2015 - Sunday

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The second day of our ideal festival line-up compiled from the best gigs of 2015

Best of 2015: Theatre

Matt Wolf

The Court rallied, Imelda sang out, and some centuries-old titles got reminted anew

theartsfest 2015 - Saturday

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Using the best gigs of 2015, our new music writers compile their ideal festival line-up

Best (and Worst) of 2015: Film

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Spectre-less and franchise-free, what The Arts Desk film critics loved and loathed

Best of 2015: Art

theartsdesk

We reflect on our favourite exhibitions of the year and look ahead to 2016

Yuletide Scenes: Giotto's Nativity

Jasper Rees

The birth of Christ depicted for the first time as a human drama

Yuletide Scenes: Ben Nicholson's Christmas Night, 1930

Florence Hallett

A modernist masterpiece that weaves personal drama with the mystery of the nativity

Yuletide Scenes: David Jones' Nativity with Shepherds and Beasts Rejoicing

Marina Vaizey

A moment of pure joy, captured in the fluid lines of drypoint

theartsdesk in Örebro: Brandenburgs plus

David Nice

Homages to Bach and Santa Lucia in a delightful Swedish town

Yuletide Scenes: Piero della Francesca's Nativity

Sarah Kent

For the first of our Christmas scenes, we revisit a Renaissance masterpiece

Kurt Masur (1927-2015)

David Nice

Remembering an old-style master conductor in words and pictures

We Made It: The Electric Recording Company

Adam Sweeting

Pete Hutchison's quest for musical perfection on vinyl

Jaap van Zweden: ‘A great orchestra needs to be a chameleon’

Gavin Dixon

The Dutch conductor on new directions plus his work in Hong Kong and Dallas

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