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THIS IS ART is a journey into ourselves, into our feelings and our concerns. The emotions that characterize us as human beings. Art has the power to bring out all kinds of feelings and sensations. Thanks to it, we can figure out who we really are. The main aim of THIS IS ART is to move us, to shake things up, but it is also a show for learning, intended for all audiences. Because we are all capable of desiring, loving, hating, laughing and crying. Through the beauty of artistic forms, we go inside the inner workings of human nature. All artists use art to explain their emotions and we use emotions to explain different aspects of the history of art.
Over the course of this series and through its entertaining and rhythmic storytelling, we touch on themes as universal as desire, ecstasy, love, inspiration, solitude, madness, faith, fear, sadness, jealousy, hope and vanity. In each episode, we talk about these themes as we speak of painting, sculpture, music, architecture and literature, with visuals that are daring, fascinating and highly attractive, in the spirit of the very essence of the program. Having Ramon Gener on board is no coincidence. He has proven his talent as a communicator on shows like "Opera en Texans" and "This Is Opera". His uncanny ability to convey the passion, knowledge and magic of all these concepts is what takes the viewer by the hand on this wonderful voyage through the human condition.
An intimate and mesmerising series showcasing the craft and unique skills of contemporary Oceanic artists who today channel the artistic traditions of their ancestors into new and ever more extraordinary works.
Filmed with a considered, blue-chip approach, each hour follows a different artist as they create an intricate new artwork from start to finish. During this time, we learn about the artist’s story and their inspiration. We also come to understand the materials they use and what their work means to the local community.
Traditional Oceanic crafts featured are line and dot painting from Australia; Whakairo, the Maori art of carving from New Zealand; Kapa, the sacred ceremonial fabric made by native Hawaiians; and tattoos from Tahiti. The body art is said to have originated here as long ago as 1500BC, but travelled back to Europe with Captain Cook.
A Requiem of War to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. This suite of 12 cantos depicting the horrors of war was originally commissioned by the Brussels Opera de Monnaie. The libretto was created by the Australian performer and author Nick Cave and set to music by the Belgian Nicholas Lens, best known for his opera 'Slow Man' and the trilogy 'Flamma Flamma', 'Terra Terra' and 'Amor Aeternus'.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is staging and providing the choreography for his Company Eastman. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France and the Chorus of the Opera Silesia in Bytom wil be conducted by Bassem Akiki. Soloists Laurence Servaes, soprano Sara Fulconi, mezzo Magid El-Bushra, counter Sebastien Droy, tenor Mark S. Doss, soloists of the Trinity Boys Choir. Recorded in November 2018 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
The latest series covers more miles than ever before in the search for a winning artist. From the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to a classic Kentish seaside scene, the competition moves to some of the UK’s best-loved scenic spots.
Each heat sees eight professional and amateur artists complete a landscape work in only four hours to impress the judges. The grand prize is a life changing experience for any artist - a £10,000 commission to create an artwork to commemorate the First World War that will enter the prestigious collection of the Imperial War Museum.
A breath-taking all-Ravel program with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly to celebrate the orchestra’s 15th anniversary. Founded in 2003 by Claudio Abbado, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra quickly grew into much more than "just" another festival orchestra. The incredible clarity and intensity of this orchestra, the wonderful timbres that make it so extraordinary – there is no program more suitable for experiencing and showcasing its uniqueness than the concert with works by Maurice Ravel.
PROGRAMME: Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; La Valse; Daphnis et Chloe – Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Bolero.
Jan Vogler presents a revealing reading of Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with his own orchestra, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, which consists of more than 50 members from Europe’s most renowned early music ensembles, under the baton of its musical director Ivor Bolton.
Exploring Schumann’s “original sound”, Jan Vogler plays on gut strings and the orchestra on period instruments. The concerto connects the Dresden Music Festival and its orchestra to the productive Dresden period of Schumann’s work (1844-50) since Schumann composed the cello concerto immediately after he had left the city.
Artist and sculptor Helen Pollock has used battlefield clay to create evocative installations (Falls the Shadow) that reference her WW1 soldier father and his journey across the Western Front, where over 18,000 NZ Division soldiers lost their lives in the senseless slaughter that ensured.
Helen’s latest sculpture Victory Medal, which has followed in her father’s footsteps with installations across the Western Front, is unveiled at the dedication of the NZ War Memorial Museum in Le Quesnoy France, a hundred years after the NZ Division soldiers liberated the fortress town on Nov 4 1918.
Made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this poignant documentary special focuses on the lives and works of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, renowned poets who both fought on the front lines.
With contributions from the world’s leading historians, The Pity of War: Poets at the Front evokes the poets’ deeply visceral shock and horror at the incomprehension of the non-combatants at ‘home’ of what was being endured in combat. Their haunting legacy remains as we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War.
She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who are not quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring co-workers cannot seem to find common ground. Little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?
This award-winning revival features Tony-nominated performances from Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, and Jane Krakowski.
Lost In Vagueness is the incomparable story of the legendary backstage after-hour area ‘Lost Vagueness’ at the Glastonbury Festival, the largest music and culture festival in the world. Each year, Glastonbury attracts nearly 200,000 people and has 19 million viewers on the BBC. Lost in Vagueness explores the rise and fall of the festival’s unusual after-hours cabaret, the dark side of creativity and a personal trauma behind it.
As an anarchic, punk traveller, Roy Gurvitz, founder of ‘Lost Vagueness’, scoured Europe searching for a community where he could escape his oppressive upbringing. Eventually, he returned to Glastonbury, to work with the regular site crew, where he had become friends with Michael Eavis in the early 1990s.
Back then, he had no idea that the ironic faux casino that he had begun as a joke for the other site crew, would turn into the very event that would revive the festival from bankruptcy, and set the dominant cultural style of the 2000s. It was a place of opulence and decadence, and reminiscent of a permissive 1920s Berlin, but all in a muddy field. Today the legacy of ‘Lost Vagueness’ can be seen not only in UK, but across the global festival culture.
Featuring lives acts and interviews from Fatboy Slim, Suggs (Madness) and Kate Tempest and with a soundtrack featuring over 50 artists including Beck, C.W. Stoneking, Louis Jordan and many more.
If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos. Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists.
Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867.
Glasgow, the mid-1990s: flourishing indie rock band The Delgados established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world.
Lost in France, an exhilarating new documentary, explores the rise of this Glaswegian music scene, revisiting a defining, chaotic trip to France in the musicians’ early careers.
Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and frequently hilarious interviews, the film reunites key label personnel in an intimate exploration of friendship, memory and the making of music.
An exploration of the world of movie poster art, past and present, the artists who create it and the fans who collect it.
In the mid-2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywood’s abandonment of illustrated movie posters, independent artists and galleries began selling limited edition, screen-printed posters – a movement that has quickly exploded into a booming industry with prints selling out online in seconds, inspiring Hollywood studios to take notice of illustration in movie posters once more.
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters explores the birth, death and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster. Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the past four decades, this documentary aims to answer the question – what happened to the illustrated movie poster? Where did it disappear to, and why?
Interviewees include William Stout, Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Laurent Durieux and the iconic Roger Kastel, the man responsible for the “Jaws” poster that has since become a staple of movie iconography.
A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has been invited for the first time to work with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Trained at the Swedish Royal Ballet, he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Cullberg before turning to choreography.
His language, both visceral and tinged with humour, combines theatricality and classical and contemporary vocabulary alike. Best known for the spectacular quality of his pieces with their dreamlike imagery, he fills the stage of the Palais Garnier with metallic structures, dancers suspended in space, elevations.
A surprising production carried along by enticing rhythms and communicative energy.
This mesmerizing series provides an intimate look at the creation of three traditional artefacts that are deeply embedded in Mexico's rich culture. The episodes are full of colour and incredible detail, with beautiful footage and gentle pacing providing a remarkable insight into the way of life of talented craftsman and women.
The uniquely Mexican artworks featured in the series are the Huipil, a vibrantly embroidered garment worn by women in Istmo de Tehuantepec and famously worn by Frid Kahlo; the huge Tree of Life clay sculptures, strongly associated with the Metepec state and used during colonial times to teach the bible to natives and Alebrijes, exquisite, brightly coloured wooden sculptures of fantastical creatures.
Each episode focuses on one craft and we get to follow a piece of art from concept to completion, witnessing the pride that the artisans take in their intricate work. Handmade in Mexico succeeds in being a gorgeous and revelatory series that explores aspects of life in Mexico rarely seen before on TV.
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