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In 2016, internationally renowned artist William Kentridge presented “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters long frieze on the Tiber banks, portraying the glories and the tragedies of the Eternal City, from the birth of the Eternal City to Pasolini’s murder, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.
The most majestic artwork to take place in Rome since the painting of the Sistine Chapel disappeared within a few short months. This film, shot with exclusive access over two years, is its only memory.
Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries tick. Like the best mysteries, viewers emerge from this dizzying journey knowing everything and nothing about a man who, from his professional inception, ushered us into a dazzling hall of mirrors that enchants and perplexes to this day. Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to provoke and inspire, culminating in an all-encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.
UNCLE HOWARD is an intertwining tale of past and present. New York filmmaker Howard Brookner died of AIDS in 1989, while making his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work, which captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, was buried in William S. Burroughs’ bunker for 30 years. Now in a personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard’s filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was.
Behzod Abduraimov’s has quickly established himself as one of the leading pianists of this generation. Here he performs masterpieces from the piano repertoire, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Prokofiev. Among the highlights of the concert, Prokofiev‘s Sonata for Piano No. 6 in A Major, which was praised by Sviatoslav Richter, the first performer after the composer himself, for its “remarkable stylistic clarity and the structural perfection”.
REPERTOIRE: Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Schubert: Moments musicaux D. 780 (Op.94), 2. Andantino (Ab major), 3. Allegro moderato (F minor); Beethoven: Piano Sonata pour piano No.23, Op.57 "Appassionata"; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82; Bach: Piano concerto in D minor BWV 596, Largo.
Risque, raucous, and sexy. This intimate documentary lifts the curtain on Coney Island’s burlesque scene, where burlesque all began, revealing a seductive world full of vibrant characters. From dancers, to hype men, to sound technicians – everyone has a unique story of how they were drawn to this most extravagant and exuberant of art forms. No matter how they got there, one thing’s for sure – everyone is having a ball!
Daniele Gatti is conducting three works all connected by the theme of nature and embodying the great musical changes taking place around 1900: Claude Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune and La mer and Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps. After they were first performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra, all three immediately struck a chord with audiences and critics alike thanks to their exceptionally beautiful and inventive orchestration, and quickly found their way into the standard repertoire.
Four years before his death, in 1914, Debussy himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in his Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune and was met at the stage door by an applauding crowd after the performance. Stravinsky made his first guest appearance with the orchestra in 1924, after which he returned regularly. He conducted his Sacre twice in a single day in 1926 to long and loud ovations. Under the baton of Maestro Gatti, the orchestra is performing these three ground-breaking classics on the same programme for the very first time.
Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Explore the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.), Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.
Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff, one of the titans in the contemporary piano scene, returns as both soloist and conductor to Verbier, performing music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The programme culminates in Beethoven’s masterpiece, Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, often known as the Emperor Concerto, directed by Andras Schiff himself from the piano.
REPERTOIRE: Bach Italienisches Konzert, BWV.971, 1st movement; Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G major, Hob.I :88; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73 “Emperor”; Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K.545 Allegro.
Acclaimed contemporary artist Tony Albert travels across Australia; from Adelaide to Melbourne, to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, to meet with four Aboriginal street artists and explore how country and culture inspire their contemporary art and how their creative processes go from inception through to production and exhibition.
From the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century Vienna was never without a world famous composer living and working within her friendly confines. Who were these master composers? We know their music well, but what of their lives, myths and legends? The Viennese took pleasure and found stimulus in music, art and architecture and it was in this colourful environment that Haydn and Mozart, among others, wrote the timeless compositions that have become the foundation of classical music. Past masters, eight in all, will be vibrantly brought to life not with black tie and tails but with vibrant tales of a different sort.
This Documentary series will take you on a trip around the world to discover the most wonderful and mythical Movie Theatres! Each episode will take the viewer to a different city from Puerto Avenas far away in the southern coast in Tierra de Fuego where the first Movie theater of Latin America was born to Virginia in the US where one of the most sumptuous Cinema Palaces was built and still exists thanks to the love and support of the community!
This series tells the story of these mythical places from the moment they were inaugurated until today. Some of them saw the golden ages of cinema like the Lucerna Palace in Prague while others like The Porvenir saw the end of the indigenous communities in Tierra de Fuego and the birth of an Ethnographic Cinema about them. Each Place left an indelible mark in the history of each country, in the history of Cinema and in the memories of communities all over the world in Europe, Latin America, USA, Canada, Cuba and more.
Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style.
With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky's symphonies, this unique and ethereal vision of classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil.
Beauty and the Beast choreography by Thierry Malandain. Music by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovski: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique. Performed by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Euskadi Symphonic Orchestra.
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