An intimate and elegant reflection on the life of author-illustrator Maurice Sendak by playwright Tony Kushner appears in the Guardian today.
Malcolm meets Olivier Award-winning choreographer (and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui collaborator) Damien Jalet ahead of his production Babel’s international revival. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Q&A with director Beppie Blankert on the effects of the austerity measures and federal funding cuts to the performing arts in the Netherlands. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Malcolm learns about Peter Brook’s parred down Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord version of The Magic Flute. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Luke Jennings offers an intriguing dissection of the Bolshoi-Mikhailovsky rivalries in his article Who’s pulling the strings in Russia’s ballet revolution?
Malcolm meets British tenor John Mark Ainsley and baritone Jacques Imbrailo before their appearance in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Malcolm talks to the director of the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre about his puppetry production The Amazing Journey of Doctor Faust. Read PDF scan of full published article.
A neat reflection on the so-called director’s theatre from my friend Michael Billington appears in today’s Guardian.
Director and ballet master Aleksey Miroshnichenko provides Malcolm with a short history of Russian ballet ahead of the Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet’s engorged Christmas staging of Swan Lake. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Hari Kunzru writes a brief history of postmodernism in The Guardian ahead of a new V&A exhibition. Meanwhile, Jonathan Glancey meets Frank Gehry to discuss his first New York skyscraper. Finally, a video of Zara Hadid’s breathtaking new opera house in Guangzhou China is well worth a look (unless you’re a Cardiff-based opera lover!)
Stephen Sondheim asks ‘Who needs critics?’ in this Guardian feature.
A selection of Guardian features from the past few months. Two disheartening appeals for writers suffering at the hands of a collapsing publishing industry: Are books dead, and can authors survive? and Is Tony Kushner right that writing plays is a mug’s game?. Plus one article nostalgic for verse plays: Plays in verse were all the rage, but why are they missing from the stage?
A brief history of the De La Mar Theatre, which will re-open in Amsterdam following a major refurbishment. Read PDF scan of full published article.
The reopening of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is worth celebrating, so believes this article in the Guardian.
Malcolm writes about Scottish choreographer Michael Clark ahead of his company’s appearance at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Malcolm talks to Bordeaux-born New York City Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Millepied about his new life as a choreographer in demand. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Malcolm discusses the role of women directors with two of Holland’s most influential female theatre-makers ahead of the annual Dutch Theatre Festival. Read PDF scan of full published article.
An altogether unsurprising Guardian story today looks at the dubious contracts taken on by London’s top public relations agencies. PR firms make London world capital of reputation laundering. See Stephen Fry in BBC comedy masterpiece Absolute Power.
Malcolm meets Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche backstage at the National Theatre in London during rehearsals with Akram Khan. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Review of American choreographer Trisha Brown’s Pygmalion and Hippolyte et Aricie opera-ballet double-bill. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Malcolm goes behind-the-scenes of Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s trilingual retelling of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Today the Guardian previews Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s book of photography chronicling the deterioration of Michigan, Detroit in Ruins.
Two unforgettable scenes from the master of mise en scène, Philippe Genty.
London critic Michael Billington discusses the more robust aspects of Tennessee Williams in today’s Guardian article entitled The quiet revolutionary.
Review of the late Anthony Minghella’s first and only opera for the stage, Madam Butterfly, at the London Coliseum. Read PDF of full published article.
Malcolm talks to choreographer Graeme Murphy in Sydney prior to the premiere of his Firebird, re-imagined for The Australian Ballet. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Judith Mackrell finds out how UK dance companies and choreographers are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in her Guardian article today: A century of sensation.
Imogen Russell Williams offers her thoughts about operatic acting in her Guardian blog Never mind the arias, what about the acting?
Michael Billington considers the virtues of the great Shakespearean performer in the Guardian today in his feature First among equals.
Review of butoh performance Toki by Ushio Amagatsu’s Sankai Juku company at Sadler’s Wells, London. Read PDF of full published article.
Review of German-Catalan opera Tiefland at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Read PDF of full published article.
Reviews of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which played as part of the Italian Opera Festival at the State Opera Prague, and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca on the Bregenzer Festspiele floating stage in Austria. Read PDF of full published articles.
A bittersweet history of the National Ballet of China appears in The Telegraph today.
Can dance ever be too sexy for art? is an acutely observed article from Guardian dance critic Judith Mackrell about the presentation and promotion of sexuality in dance.
Malcolm talks to superstar prima Nina Ananiashvili in New York prior to her performances in Edinburgh with the State Ballet of Georgia, of which she was recently appointed artistic director. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Reviews of Eva Yerbabuena in Aranjuez, Spain, and the Suzhou Kunqu Chinese Opera production of The Peony Pavilion. Read PDF scan of full published articles.
David Jays went on a five-week tour of Asian with the Royal Ballet. His article The Royal Ballet’s Asian tour is a great lesson in cultural diplomacy appears in The Times today.
The Sydney Morning Herald reveals a posthumous interview with former Royal Ballet artistic director Ross Stretton in Ballet’s wild colonial stings from the grave.
Deborah Jones writes in The Australian today about two Ballet Russes legends living in Australia – Irina Baranova and Anna Volkova. Read Dancers still hold audience spellbound.
An interview with Gore Vidal to coincide with his appearance at this year’s Brighton Festival. Gore Vidal: Literary feuds, his ‘vicious’ mother and rumours of a secret love child appeared in The New Review (25 May 2008).
Malcolm visits Rambert Dance Company and meets renowned British choreographer Siobhan Davies as she casts its members in her inimitable take on Carnival of the Animals. Read PDF scan of full published article.
Two of Europe’s most in-demand choreographers – Royal Ballet resident choreographer / Random Dance artistic director Wayne McGregor and Antwerp-based Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – tell Malcolm about collaborations, experiments in dance, and their respective new works Entity and Sutra. Read PDF scan of full published article.