Performing Arts

Jodie Foster as film director

“I’m not a spokesman for anything – I know nothing,” Jodie Foster declared in Cannes on Wednesday, in front of a room of press attending her Kering Women in Motion talk. But over the course of her hour-long conversation with…

David Bowie

Bowie’s dance teacher recalls their first meeting, their early collaborations, and their marriage of theatre and rock’n’roll in the Ziggy Stardust stage show….. The Guardian

Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez 1925 – 2016 BBC Radio 3 Pierre Boulez, Composer and Conductor Who Pushed Modernism’s Boundaries, Dies at 90. New York Times

Kirill Petrenko is the new conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic

Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko has been unveiled as the next artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He is expected to take over from Sir Simon Rattle when the British conductor’s contract expires in 2018. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/22/kirill-petrenko-to-be-named-successor-to-rattle-at-berlin-philharmonic

Does classical music need to change?

Everyone keeps talking about classical music’s image problem, and proposals on the table designed to rescue the music from apparent extinction have included the suggestion that conductors ought to face audiences rather than orchestras, and the cunning plan, mooted by…

Juliette Binoche in Antigone

Oscar-winning actor Juliette Binoche is set to return to the London stage in a new adaptation of Antigone. Binoche, known for her on-screen roles in The English Patient and Chocolat, will take a starring role in the new translation of…

The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra

Despite being ravaged by war and poverty, the Democratic Republic of Congo has produced the world’s first all-black symphony orchestra, which has grown from a small group with home-made instruments to a respected international outfit. A day after arriving in…

Beethoven

‘Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph,’ by Jan Swafford ….The curtain opens on a difficult childhood: an abusive alcoholic father, a boy genius mocked for his dark skin. He survives, makes his way to Vienna for fame and fortune — only to…

Arts funding

John Tusa – Pain in the Arts Arts must stop moaning and politicos must trust the public’s love of art, says culture chief In the midst of ferment as the arts world faces fast-shrinking public subsidy, Sir John Tusa, former…