The planned new building will house two expanded spaces: a flagship 700-seat theatre and a 250-seat space. A new cafe and restaurant are planned, along with extra rehearsal spaces, a creative arts hub and expanded office space for staff. A spokeswoman for the theatre said the group believes the “current building is inadequate for artists, audiences and staff. We have been seeking to find a solution to improve this situation for more than 10 years.”
The Verge: “When Lana talks about her work, she tends to put it in heady, intellectual terms, looking at deconstructionism and semiotics and Jacques Derrida and Kant. Does she bring up that kind of philosophy when she’s talking to the cast?”
Freema Agyeman: “Oh yeah, she does, but we can only contribute so far, because we just kind of go, ‘Huh?’ [Laughs] They’re incredibly erudite, and that’s fascinating. You can sit and learn so much from them.”
“While we frequently wring our hands about the fact that news is in ‘crisis’, we rarely discuss what news actually is. Much like history, news is fundamentally a way of imposing order on the messy totality of what’s going on around us. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘news’ as ‘newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events’. Or, in [historian Robert] Darnton’s words, news is ‘stories about what happened’. What we consider to be news is therefore intimately connected to our perception of time.”
The Belgian composer-conductor, music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, decided to write his own, all-new take on the concept of the Mussorgsky-Ravel favorite. (Unlike George Crumb, Brossé didn’t come up with a new title.) So he took a special tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ultimately chose seven paintings from the collection – from Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic to Man Ray’s Fair Weather – as his inspirations. Peter Dobrin met with Brossé to talk about the artworks and how Brossé found the music in them.
Humans, animals, human-animal hybrids, disembodied limbs and other parts, monkeys playing bagpipes, rabbits in a funeral procession, naked bishops – the surprises are nearly endless. What’s more, says a scholar from the University of Glasgow, these drawings, doodles, and offhand notes can tell us a surprising amount about the people who wrote and read these volumes.
“Irish police have halted a prosecution against Stephen Fry for blasphemy because the [authorities] could not find enough people to be outraged over the actor’s anti-God remarks on Irish TV.”
Thanks to the still-struggling Greek economy, rents are low and there’s plenty of vacant space. Artists love those things, and they’ve started arriving in Athens from elsewhere in Europe. What’s more, Documenta is holding part of this year’s events there, the first time the festival has left Kassel in Germany. On the other hand, there’s not much of a contemporary art culture there yet, and few collectors. Alastair Sooke pays the city a visit.
Together, the Japanese-American duo Eiko and Koma had a successful decades-long career performing what one might describe as New York neo-Butoh. But Koma had to give up dancing after a foot injury several years ago, and Eiko eventually began performing alone. Now, thanks to what he calls a “miracle,” Koma is onstage again, with scenery he designed and painted himself.