sat 16/12/2017

Features & Interviews

Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

Ismene Brown

Nureyev, the most notorious new production at the Bolshoi Ballet’s modern history, premiered last night in Moscow to a 15-minute standing ovation and exclamations of official approval even by Putin’s press secretary – but the ballet’s creator and director languished under house arrest, refused permission to see his

theartsdesk in Stockholm - HK Gruber and sacred monsters

David Nice

It was excellent, flesh-creepy fun back in 1978, when a young Simon Rattle conducted the Liverpool world premiere with the composer declaiming, but how well has Austrian maverick H(einz) K(arl) "Nali" Gruber's "pandemonium" for chansonnier and orchestra Frankenstein!! stood the test of time? One word: brilliantly.

'She has escaped from my Asylum!': The...

Jasper Rees

The Woman in White insists on being told and retold. Wilkie Collins’s much loved thriller is perhaps the most widely and frequently adapted of all...

theartsdesk in Katowice - energy and imagination...

Gavin Dixon

Music competitions are big in Poland. Every five years the classical music world turns its attention to Warsaw for the International Chopin Piano...

David Edgar: 'Ebenezer Scrooge is alive and...

David Edgar

Since mid-August, I’ve been doing something I swore I’d never do again. I’ve been rehearsing a new adaptation of a novel by Charles Dickens. Sometime...

Radically different: Horn player Anneke Scott on The Prince Regent's Band

Anneke Scott

Serpents, slides and valves: a journey into the history of brass instruments

Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

David Nice

The great Siberian baritone, who has died at the age of 55, leaves behind a golden legacy

Highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 - raw emotion, not always human

Bill Knight

One inveterate - and so far unsuccessful - participant sizes up this year's successes

Out from the Darkness: painting out prison

Patrick Maguire

Imprisoned as a child, his whole family wrongfully convicted of terrorism offences, Patrick Maguire found solace in art

Iceland Airwaves 2017 review - political change at Reykjavík's major music festival

Kieron Tyler

Brow-furrowing breakbeats and Russian post-punk jostle for attention in the land of lava

'Singers must act better than ever before'

Selina Cadell

OperaGlassWorks collaborate with singers from the start. Director Selina Cadell explains

Soldier On: a theatrical treatment of PTSD

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis on working with ex-servicemen and women to tell their stories through drama

'Their DNA is forever ingrained in the keys' - Roman Rabinovich on playing composers' own pianos

Roman Rabinovich

Cobbe Collection revelations compared with the same works on a modern Steinway

theartsdesk at the Viennale: shunning the 'illusion machine'

Demetrios Matheou

The Vienna film festival overcame tragedy to present a typically provocative programme

In search of Proust's 'Vinteuil Sonata': violinist Maria Milstein on the writer's musical mystery

Maria Milstein

How French composers' works for violin and piano complement 'In Search of Lost Time'

'This is how it happened': Tom MacRae on writing Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Tom MacRae

How the musical about a boy who wanted to go to the school prom dressed as a girl was created

ArtReview Power 100 - an artist tops the list

Marina Vaizey

The annual stocktake of the art world's main players is published

Oliver Sacks: The River of Consciousness review - a luminous final collection of essays

Marina Vaizey

Intellectual rigour, huge humanity: a farewell gift from the great neurologist

theartsdesk Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for The Residents

Kieron Tyler

A revealing face-to-face conversation with the man closest to the eyeball-headed musical outsiders

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

Aaron Wright

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming

2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: the votes are in

Peter Quinn

Exciting times for UK jazz celebrated at premier awards for the music

'I come from there': how the Royal Court brought home plays from Ukraine, Chile and Syria

Elyse Dodgson

The Court's international director explores the roots of this autumn's international season

Woody Guthrie: 'The true voice of the American spirit'

Liz Thomson

Fifty years on from his death, a box set celebrates the folk singer hailed by Bob Dylan

'First read-throughs have magic': Simon Stephens on Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Simon Stephens

The playwright describes the first day of rehearsal of a new play produced by a new company

'I’d never written a play as a single action before': David Eldridge on 'Beginning'

David Eldridge

The playwright explores the gestation of his new play for the National Theatre

Young Reviewer of the Year Award: the four finalists are...


Announcing the shortlist of our critics' competition, with extracts from each entry

h.Club 100 Awards: Broadcast - calling out around the world

Adam Sweeting

It's been said before, but the British are coming

Lammermuir Festival 2017 review - rich and deeply rewarding

David Kettle

Plenty to prokove, surprise and inspire in the East Lothian event

'Fanny Price’s pained silences gave me the impulse to write music for her'

Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove on the genesis and full orchestral premiere of his opera Mansfield Park


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