thu 24/04/2014

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Mark Sheerin

Yinka Shonibare MBE makes work from a less entrenched position than his many decorations suggest. This Member of the British Empire (he adopted the initials as part of his name after receiving the honour in 2005) is naturally also a Royal Academician, an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, and has an honorary doctorate from the RCA. Shonibare is one of the most celebrated artists around, a fixture as well received as the ship in a bottle which occupied the Fourth Plinth in 2010 and which now has a...

theartsdesk Q&A: The Hilliard Ensemble

Matthew Wright

The sophisticated and exquisitely crafted sound of The Hilliard Ensemble has, over the past four decades, become one of the most distinctive pleasures on the choral scene. One of the several pioneers of the medieval and Renaissance repertoire to emerge in the Seventies, The Hilliards have, nonetheless, made this music their own, their glistening sound offering a more contemporary aesthetic than that of historically-specialist period performances. Named after Elizabethan miniaturist Nicholas...

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...

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 designers. Performances by his “...

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian...

Tom Birchenough

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

theartsdesk Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls

Ismene Brown

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

10 Questions for Drummer Billy Cobham

Matthew Wright

Fusion pioneer on creativity, drummer-bandleaders and the triple effect of a hotter climate

theartsdesk Q&A: Eels' frontman Mr E

Russ Coffey

Enigmatic alt-rocker discusses fun, fitness, parallel worlds, beards, and much else

10 Questions for Ventriloquist Nina Conti

Jasper Rees

What makes a postmodern vent act tick?

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

David Nice

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

10 Questions for Playwright Julian Mitchell

Jasper Rees

The author of Another Country on why it worked then, and still works now

10 Questions for Zara McFarlane

Matthew Wright

Rising jazz star discusses reggae, her roots in Jamaican Dagenham, and the desire to write more

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer Belinda Carlisle

Thomas H Green

The Eighties star talks LA punk rock, George Harrison, booze, Orbital, rustic French living and much else

I Found My Horn: Afterlife of a Book

Jasper Rees

How a book about the French horn moved on to the next stage. Plus author/actor Q&A

theartsdesk Q&A: Saxophonist Julian Siegel

Matthew Wright

Versatile sax virtuoso on the 95 percent of jazz that's in the collaboration

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Hofesh Shechter

Hanna Weibye

Brighton Festival's guest curator on new challenges and politics in art

10 Questions for Fringe Magnetic's Rory Simmons

Matthew Wright

The genre-straddling bandleader on the dangers of being an electronic nerd, cats and Jamie Cullum

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Daniel Evans

Jasper Rees

The actor turned Sheffield artistic director who has taken The Full Monty to the West End

10 Questions for Drive-By Truckers' Mike Cooley

Lisa-Marie Ferla

The band's songwriter on their 12th album and more

theartsdesk Q&A: violinist Vadim Repin

David Nice

One of the world's great soloists discusses Tchaikovsky, MacMillan and his native Siberia

Q&A Special: Stranger by the Lake

Demetrios Matheou

Actors Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou on Hitchcock, nudism and very unusual stunt doubles

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Kerri Chandler

Joe Muggs

A history lesson with the godfather of soulful house

10 Questions for Director Tom Morris

Jasper Rees

The co-director of 'War Horse' has created 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with Handspring's puppets. Here's how

theartsdesk Q&A: Biographer Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens

Jasper Rees

As the film of The Invisible Woman opens, its author - and Dickens's biographer - reflects on a very Victorian love affair

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Character Actor

Jasper Rees

The great American actor has died aged 46. theartsdesk pays tribute with a major Q&A

10 Questions for Harry Shearer

Jasper Rees

He's been Montgomery Burns and Derek Smalls. Stand back for his President Nixon

The Resurrection of Conor McPherson

Jasper Rees

As The Weir returns to the West End, the ghost of booze no longer haunts the Irish playwright's work

Tidy: Ruth Jones gets gonged

Jasper Rees

O. What's occurrin' is an MBE for the co-creator of Gavin and Stacey

theartsdesk Q&A: Borgen creator Adam Price

Caroline Crampton

The man behind the hit Danish political drama reflects on its unexpected success

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