wed 01/02/2023

Features & Interviews

'Time Out of Mind' Revisited - a deep focus take on classic Dylan

Tim Cumming

The 1997 release of Time Out of Mind was the resurrection of an artist who appeared to have wandered off the reservation some years before, lost in transit on his Never Ending Tour, trailed by an army of "Bobcats" who followed him for show after grinding show. “How can you stand it?” he once asked of a woman who told him she’d seen dozens of NET gigs.

First Person: Kings Place Artistic and Executive Director Helen Wallace on a year of 'Sound Unwrapped'

Helen Wallace

2023 is surely the year the performing arts reach peak "immersive", a word endangered by its own ubiquity. From Punchdrunk’s Burnt City to Danny Boyle’s The Matrix we are promised a swallowing-up by art. Kings Cross is the location for two visual and aural initiatives: David Hockney’s 3D Bigger & Closer at the Lightroom, and Sound Unwrapped at Kings Place, a year-long series of intimate, immersive events kindled by live performance.

First Person: soprano Soraya Mafi on why...

Soraya Mafi

Anyone concerned about making the arts accessible regardless of where they live should be concerned by the recent announcement from Glyndebourne that...

First Person: Royal Academy of Music Principal...

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Why is it important for a music conservatoire to make recordings? What is the educational context? These are questions we have continued to reflect...

Best of 2022: Books


From Kafka’s spry sketches to Derek Owusu’s novel-poem, and Jaan Kross’s Estonian Wolf Hall to Katherine Rundell’s spirited biography of John Donne,...

theartsdesk in Brno - a visionary at home in his ‘Moravian Bayreuth’

David Nice

Jiří Heřman delivers remarkable Janáček and Verdi in Brno’s National Theatre

Top 10 Films of 2022: Conclusion

Graham Fuller

'The Banshees of Inisherin' won our reviewers' poll

Adam Sweeting's Top 10 Films of 2022

Adam Sweeting

'Nightmare Alley' and nine more

Sebastian Scotney's Top 10 Films of 2022

Sebastian Scotney

Old films have a head start

Markie Robson-Scott's Top 10 Films of 2022

Markie Robson-Scott

Quirks, strangeness and charm in the cinematic year

Demetrios Matheou's Top 10 Films of 2022

Demetrios Matheou

The best movies reflected our sense of cosmic dislocation

Veronica Lee's Top 10 Films of 2022

Veronica Lee

Transforming expectations in a less than stellar year for cinema

Nick Hasted's Top 10 Films of 2022

Nick Hasted

Art and commerce have never been more polarised

Graham Fuller's Top 10 Films of 2022

Graham Fuller

Great films are being made but fewer than ever in Hollywood

Saskia Baron's Top 10 Films of 2022

Saskia Baron

It’s a cruel world – and desperate refugees, dodgy doctors, drought, disease and emotional misfits lit up the screen

Remembering Wilko: unforgettable encounters with the Dr Feelgood guitarist

Mark Hudson

Following the death of the legendary musician, our writer recalls the most disturbing gig he's ever been to

An open letter from Dame Sarah Connolly and colleagues to Arts Council England

Sarah Connolly

The mezzo is joined by an operatic who's who in a plea to save English National Opera

First Person: conductor Leo Hussain on why we still need English National Opera in London

Leo Hussain

Arts Council England's evisceration of ENO has provoked outrage. A regular explains why

'We needed to find the perfect sound of vibranium, an alien metal specific to the Marvel Universe': Foley artist Shelley Roden on creating audible movie miracles

Shelley Roden

The fine art of naturalising sound on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

'We wanted to emphasise the “ordinariness” of people affected by torture': Sally Beamish on her new work for Ex Cathedra

Sally Beamish

The composer and viola-player on her collaboration with writer husband Peter Thomson

Leslie Phillips: 'I can be recognised by my voice alone'

Jasper Rees

Saying goodbye to the actor famous for saying hello

First Person: composer and co-founder of The Multi-Story Orchestra Kate Whitley on car-park creativity

Kate Whitley

Enabling young people from all walks of life to be themselves in a wonderful environment

‘Stripping naked the process of making theatre’: Martin Crimp talks about his latest play

Aleks Sierz

The playwright talks about 'Not One of These People', which he is performing himself, digital creativity and constraints on authorship

First Persons: co-music directors Jasdeep Singh Degun and Laurence Cummings on their new Opera North 'Orpheus'

Jasdeep Singh Degun And Laurence Cummings

Premiering tonight in Leeds, a project that's so much more than lip-service to diversity

theartsdesk in Kyiv - defiant new operatic epic in an empty gallery

Kevin Sullivan

Plaintive affirmation of the human and the divine in the Khanenko Museum of Art

'Serving the community means representing the narratives of our time': Elena Dubinets on her responsibilities as the LPO's Artistic Director

Elena Dubinets

Music as home, from Rachmaninov to Iyer, in the London Philharmonic's new season

theartsdesk at Musikfest Berlin - orchestral and choral rainbows around the clock

David Nice

Superb musicians from Berlin and elsewhere in far from conventional repertoire

First Person: violinist and music director Bjarte Eike on bringing the Playhouse to his 'Alehouse Sessions'

Bjarte Eike

Barokksolistene's freewheeling spirit of delight returns to the Southbank tomorrow

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022)

Nick Hasted

Remembering cinema's eternal, loving revolutionary


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