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Best of 2017: Dance

Theartsdesk

With forelock-tugging celebrations of a choreographer who died 25 years ago and a summer visit by the Mariinsky the highest-profile events in the calendar, 2017 may not be remembered as a vintage year for British dance.

Best of 2017: Comedy

Veronica Lee

The Edinburgh Fringe is usually the high point of the year for comedy, but in truth it wasn't a solid five-star year – although there were some stand-out performers.

Best of 2017: Classical concerts

David Nice

Did Simon Rattle's return to the UK as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra live up to the hype? Mostly, and when it did, the music-...

Best of 2017: Opera

David Nice

It may not have been the best year for eye-popping productions; even visionary director Richard Jones fell a bit short with a tame-ish Royal Opera...

Bach Cantatas - not just for Christmas

David Nice

Faced with yet another new work premiered by the Borodin Quartet, Shostakovich asked a daunting question: "but have you played all of Haydn's...

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

Ismene Brown

Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet

theartsdesk in Stockholm - HK Gruber and sacred monsters

David Nice

Viennese composer, conductor, chansonnier and double-bass player is a force of nature

'She has escaped from my Asylum!': The Woman in White returns

Jasper Rees

Two more versions of Wilkie Collins's thriller on stage and screen join a long rollcall

theartsdesk in Katowice - energy and imagination at the Fitelberg Conducting Competition

Gavin Dixon

Talented young conductors from around the world compete for a coveted prize

David Edgar: 'Ebenezer Scrooge is alive and well'

David Edgar

The playwright introduces his new version of A Christmas Carol for the RSC

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

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