tue 23/07/2019

Features & Interviews

Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek: 'Is our film porny?'

Ewa Banaszkiewicz And Mateusz Dymek

Spoiler alert: About sixty-four minutes into our debut feature film, one of the main female characters undresses for the camera. Alicja is being filmed by the other protagonist, a young American documentarian named Katie.

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2019 - in heaven with Dante's Purgatorio and Estonian rites

David Nice

Two years ago Ermanna Montanari and Marco Martinelli, the visionary partners who have powered Ravenna's revolutionary Teatro delle Albe since 1986, led local people and international visitors down through the circles of Dante's Inferno. In 2021, the 700th anniversary of the greatest Italian poet's birth, they will take us into the presence of God.

On making The Left Behind: 'We've...

Joseph Bullman

The Left Behind is a television drama marinated in real-world research. It tells the story of a young man unable to break free from his bullshit...

'A product not only of his era but also of...

Ian Page

When Mozart was an established composer living in Vienna during the final years of his short life, a young student seemingly came to him to seek his...

theartsdesk in Treviso - cultural patronage,...

David Nice

Fortunate those Italian towns and cities whose Renaissance rulers looked to the arts to enrich their domain. Now neglect of cultural heritage can be...

First Person: Damian Cruden on reinvigorating the Bard away from London with Shakespeare's Rose

Damian Cruden

The onetime director of 'The Railway Children' sets out his vision for bringing Shakespeare afresh to the country's 'cultural pageant'

theartsdesk in Svalbard: cultural excellence at the top of the world

David Nice

At 78 degrees north, polar bears outnumber people - but Norway's musical flag flies high

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Jasper Rees

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Roger Wright

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

First Person: Matt Henry on fulfilling 'a dream come true' to play the legendary singer Sam Cooke

Matt Henry

The Olivier Award-winning alumnus of 'Kinky Boots' shifts gears to tell a vibrant story of 1960s America

Bob Dylan Special - Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix

Tim Cumming

Martin Scorsese reexamines the legendary 1975 tour

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

theartsdesk in Bergen: Gothic shocks and Romantic treats

Boyd Tonkin

Genres and periods mix and match in style at Norway's premier arts festival

theartsdesk in Gothenburg: concert-hall storytelling rivets at the Point Music Festival

David Nice

Galvanizing Santtu-Matias Rouvali kicks off, and two dozen instrumentalists go barefoot

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

Maxime Pascal

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

Cannes 2019: Week One - a genre-heavy opening

Joseph Walsh

The 72nd film festival showcases ghouls, the gig economy, and gun-wielding avengers

First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'

Ellen McDougall

The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

Liam Byrne

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

theartsdesk in Tallinn and Tartu: Estonian Music Days go global

David Nice

Latest host of the International Society for Contemporary Music still leads the way

First Person: Sam Lee on singing with endangered nightingales

Sam Lee

The folk singer on streaming for Extinction Rebellion and the Absolute Bird series

First Person: Robert Hollingworth on I Fagiolini's 'Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible'

Robert Hollingworth

Images reflected in music 500 years after the ultimate Renaissance man's death

Obituary: Bibi Andersson 1935-2019

David Thompson

David Thompson pays tribute to one of cinema's most enduring icons

For Folk's Sake: 'I owe my very existence to Morris dancing'

Richard Macer

Richard Macer, who has made documentaries about Vogue and dyslexia, introduces his latest

In the spirit of the composer as innovator: Samir Savant on the London Handel Festival

Samir Savant

The director presents a month of enterprising events

theartsdesk in Zanzibar - behind the veil

Andy Morgan

Searching for the real island at this year's Sauti za Busara festival of African Music

Keith Flint, 1969-2019

Thomas H Green

The Prodigy lose their punk brother, Keith Flint, aged only 49

A Previn treasury

David Nice

Selected recordings of the great musician, who has died just short of his 90th birthday

Trevor Nunn: 'I'm amazed by Harley Granville Barker's prescience and extraordinary modernity'

Sir Trevor Nunn

The veteran director introduces the London premiere of the English dramatist's heretofore unknown play, 'Agnes Colander'

theartsdesk in Tromsø: the celluloid Cold War

Demetrios Matheou

The Tromsø Film Festival in Norway has revealed some little-seen spy films from behind the Iron Curtain


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