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Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star

Friday 23 March 7.30pm


You See

Thursday 22 March 9.30pm


Jerico: The Infinite Flight Of Days

Monday 19 March 10.15pm


Van Gogh

Thursday 15 March 8.30pm


Channel 020

Tune in to the best arts and cultural television from New Zealand and around the world.

Fascinating documentaries on artists, writers, dancers, musicians and more
Intelligent interviews with the stars of stage and screen
In-depth shows on modern and classical art, architecture and design
A wide range of concerts from classical to rock, pop, jazz, soul and the blues
Stimulating programmes examining popular fiction, classic novels and poetry
Inspiring performances of contemporary dance, ballet, opera and theatre
SKY ARTS is proud to support New Zealand Arts, so look out for more home grown arts programmes made by local artists and filmmakers.

William Kentridge In Rome

Tuesday 3 October 9.20pm Channel 020

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.

Verbier 2016: Behzod Abduraimov

Monday 29 January 7.45pm Channel 020

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.

Later With Jools Holland: 25th Anniversary Special

Sunday 25 March 8.30pm Channel 020

Celebrating 25 years of the show and featuring live performances at the Royal Albert Hall from Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal, Jorja Smith, Gregory Porter, Kali Uchis, Camille, Songhoy Blues and KT Tunstall.

Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star

Friday 23 March 7.30pm Channel 020

Leslie Caron, the beloved star of classic American cinema, is one of the last witnesses to a golden age of the 20th century, a great talent in the worlds of film, dance and theatre who continues to perform.

LESLIE CARON: THE RELUCTANT STAR begins in the present and unfolds as a journey that takes us back to a glorious time in Hollywood–a story seen through the prism of a living legend who reveals stories of a life lived large and with passion. It offers a rare and privileged glimpse into the world of the beloved icons of film, dance and theatre of the 20th century− a world of contradictions, ambitions, dreams, nostalgia and intense emotion−through one of its most luminous personalities. LESLIE CARON: THE RELUCTANT STAR reveals the glamour, triumphs and disappointments of a spectacular career and turbulent personal life.

Treasures Of The British Library (Series 1)

Fridays 7.30pm from 23 March Channel 020

This series follows celebrities as they delve into the archives of the British Library unlocking masterpieces to explore their personal roots, passions and heroes. Each person discovers six items from the British Library’s vast and unique collections, from well-loved items such as Leonardo Da Vinci drawings, Jane Austen’s writing desk and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony sketchbook, to the Library’s lesser-known treasures including photographs, sound recordings and banknotes. The distinguished guests include jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, actor and writer Meera Syal, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, children's author Julia Donaldson, professor and television presenter Lord Robert Winston and trumpeter Alison Balsom.

You See Monsters

Thursday 22 March 9.30pm Channel 020

Across the world, the demonization of Muslims has taken on monstrous proportions, and Islam is represented as a threat to the Western way of life. But in the bottom right-hand corner of the world, in a country better known for its bikinis than its burqas, a new generation of Australian Muslims are asserting their own agency in the face of anti-Islamic bigotry. Not with defensive or apologetic arguments, but on the front foot using the power of their imaginations to create works of art that are fighting racism with imagination and irreverence.

Making Marvels

Thursdays 8.30pm from 22 March Channel 020

When architects, designers and artists dream the impossible they turn to Australian company UAP to unlock their imagination to fabricate large-scale public art. Over 20 years twin brothers Daniel and Matthew Tobin created a studio and workshop that would enable projects for artists and designers to realise their creative vision. From humble beginnings in a small urban workshop casting bronze door handles to a worldwide enterprise across three continents working with over 130 staff to make some of the largest art in the world. Over this three part series, we follow the UAP team across challenging large-scale art pieces - working with fabrication teams, locations and materials, all while balancing client expectations, the budget and the artistic vision of each individual work. Using dramatic observational footage, reflective interviews, artist insight and extensive archive, we follow the conception, design, creation, installation, and stunning reveal of some amazing and inspiring large scale art.

The Great Pottery Throwdown (Series 1)

Wednesdays 5pm from 21 March Channel 020

From the producers of the hugely successful 'Great British Bake Off’ comes a search for the most passionate and creative amateur pottery talent. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every walk of life, as they attempt to prove their pottery prowess. Ten passionate potters compete against one another as they showcase the skills and craftsmanship required to create beautiful objects out of lumps of clay.

Jerico: The Infinite Flight Of Days

Monday 19 March 10.15pm Channel 020

JERICO: THE INFINITE FLIGHT OF DAYS is a kaleidoscopic series of portraits of women living in the Colombian village of Jerico. This delicate and musical journey weaves together the everyday encounters and conversations of women of different ages and backgrounds, revealing their personal stories, inner lives, wisdom, and sense of humour. The documentary presents an intimate, feminine view of the region, celebrating and preserving the authenticity of the female spirit in Antioquian culture, a small slice of Colombia’s deliciously diverse intangible cultural heritage.

Stars Of The Silver Screen (Series 5)

Saturday & Wednesday Nights from 17 March… Channel 020

To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.

Love Is All

Thursday 15 March 9.30pm Channel 020

LOVE IS ALL takes us on a journey through the twentieth century, exploring love and courtship on screen in a century of unprecedented social upheaval. From the very first kisses ever caught on film, through the disruption of war, to the birth of youth culture, gay liberation and free love, we follow courting couples flirting at tea dances, kissing in the back of the movies, shacking up and fighting for the right to love.

This is the celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera; told with spellbinding footage from the British Film Institute archive and Yorkshire Film Archive. Directed by Kim Longinotto, edited by Ollie Huddleston and set to a stunning Richard Hawley soundtrack.

Stealing Van Gogh

Thursday 15 March 8.30pm Channel 020

On 7th December 2002, two thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They stole two paintings and disappeared into the night. The theft is listed by the FBI as one of top ten art crimes of all time. In late 2016, the paintings were discovered holed up behind a false wall in a hideout of the Camorra, the notorious Neapolitan crime syndicate.

With special access to this international art crime story, presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon pieces together the story of the two paintings and looks at the wider world of art crime – why are paintings stolen, what is their value, how are they trafficked on the black market. Sifting through the evidence, the film will trace the path these paintings took through the criminal world, how they were sold on the black market and the painstaking investigation that led to their eventual recovery, verification and restoration.

This is a story that will take us from one of the world’s greatest museums to the clandestine world of the Neapolitan Mafiosi and through the detectives, cops, art crime experts, curators and restorers who attempted to track the works down.

Beauty And The Beast

Monday 12 March 9pm Channel 020

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.

Christchurch Free Theatre

Friday 9 March 8.15pm Channel 020

Founded by Peter Falkenberg in 1979, Christchurch’s Free Theatre has provided a remarkably persistent alternative to the city’s more vaunted legacy of traditional theatre. Falkenberg has steeped a succession of actors, writers and theatre technicians in the practice of an avant-garde theatre, while being constantly responsive to political and social change.

Shirley Horrocks, one of New Zealand's leading social and arts documentary filmmakers, draws on Free Theatre’s extensive archive of their own work as well as filming various productions over six years to provide a colourful look at this treasured Christchurch institution.

Dangerous Acts

Thursday 8 March 9.45pm Channel 020

Creating provocative theatre carries great personal risks: emotional, financial and artistic. For the members of the Belarus Free Theatre, there are additional risks: censorship, imprisonment and worse. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with the acclaimed troupe of imaginative and subversive performers who, in a desolate country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictatorship. When authorities forbid critical examinations of such topics as sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide and politics, the Free Theatre responds by injecting these taboos into performances that are staged in underground. And yet, because of the power of their message, they receive critical acclaim overseas.

DANGEROUS ACTS picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko takes power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, as a dubious new presidential election looms, the KGB targets the Free Theatre's founders Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada who, along with their colleagues, find themselves torn between fighting for their art and for their and their families’ safety.

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, DANGEROUS ACTS gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the members of the Free Theater confront the choice of either repression at home or exile in the US and the UK, DANGEROUS ACTS reconfirms our belief that the power of art and hope can indeed change the world.

From Cremona To Cremona

Thursday 8 March 8.30pm Channel 020

A young apprentice leaves a comfortable life in Bulgaria to follow in the footsteps of the great Stradivari at Italy’s famous Cremona violinmaking school. So begins a journey to overcome linguistic difference, homesickness, and the inequities of the violin-making industry. This heart-warming film gives a charming insight into a world of people grappling with tradition and competition to turn their musical passion into a profession.

Opening Night Boulez Concert Hall

Wednesday 7 March 8pm Channel 020

The inaugural concert of the Pierre Boulez Saal celebrated the idea of what this venue stands for: to create a space where beloved classics, modern masterworks of the early 20th century, and music of our time can be heard side by side and inspire audiences and performers alike.

Program included Schubert’s lyrical scene “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” with Anna Prohaska, Jorg Widmann and Daniel Barenboim; Mozart’s Piano Quartet with Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble’s strings; Berg’s Chamber Concerto with Karim Said and Michael Barenboim, and Widmann performing his Fantasy for Solo Clarinet. In tribute to Pierre Boulez, the program was bookended by his fanfare-like Initiale and sur Incises, for three pianos, three harps, and three percussionists.

The Pierre Boulez Saal is an exquisite and architecturally distinct international concert hall and the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, designed by star architect Frank Gehry and acclaimed acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota.

Composer: Pierre Boulez, Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart, Alban Berg, Jorg Widmann.

Performers: Daniel Barenboim, Anna Prohaska, Jorg Widmann, Karim Said, Michael Barenboim, Strings of the Boulez Ensemble.

The Archibald

Tuesdays 8.30pm Channel 020

In 2017, the Art Gallery of New South Wales provided cameras unprecedented access to competitors, their work and the hidden internal processes by which the Archibald Prize was judged and exhibited.

This series follows the highs and lows of a clutch of artists, ranging from three former Archibald Prize winners, to four former finalists, and a newcomer; all vying to have their portraits hung in the prestigious exhibition.

Their complete journeys, from the artists’ first approach to their sitters, through to their final portraits, are captured across the world, including Australia, Afghanistan, Hollywood, London, and Paris.

The African Ladies Troupe

Monday 5 March 9pm Channel 020

Four African Australian refugee women, all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the challenge of performing their stories in a professional theatre production; from local theatres to the Sydney Opera House and London’s Southbank Centre. Filmed over five years, this is an inspirational story of courage, resilience, and the transformative power of the arts.

The Book Club (Series 11)

Mondays 8.30pm Channel 020

Now in its eleventh season, The Book Club gathers together booklovers for literary debate and discussion. Hosted by Jennifer Byrne, with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, each episode is a robust and passionate discussion covering one new release book, and one favourite brought by a panelist.

Later With Jools Holland (Series 51)

Sundays 8.30pm Channel 020

Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland has completed 50 series, over 360 episodes and over 25 years in production and shows no signs of stopping. Here, stadium fillers, current chart toppers, veterans and left-field artists from all music genres perform together in the same studio. Guests this series include Liam Gallagher, The National, Robert Plant, Beck, Kelela, and Wolf Alice.

Don Giovanni

Sunday 4 March 8am Channel 020

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Underlying his audacity and unrelenting passion for women, it is God and society that Don Giovanni rails against and defies. This is the cause of his downfall and swift punishment. Mozart’s opera – a drama giocoso or joyous drama – expresses all this with unrepressed power. Lorenzo da Ponte's brilliant libretto is an adaptation of the play by Tirso de Molina, which also inspired Moliere's Don Juan. However, it is Mozart’s music, starting with the overture, that gives the work its metaphysical dimension, making the work much more than a simple story. Don Giovanni is the quintessential example of Mozart's genius, where the best and worst of human nature are on display, where the tragic and the grotesque, the sublime and the ridiculous are combined in the pursuit of the most spiritual and earthly desires. All of this comes together in the most beautiful music ever written, to the point that Richard Wagner would claim Don Giovanni is "the opera of all operas".

PERFORMERS: Erwin Schrott: Don Giovanni; Giacomo Prestia: Il Commendatore; Patrizia Ciofi: Donna Anna; Maxim Mironov: Don Ottavio; Sonya Yoncheva: Donna Elvira; Adrian Sampetrean: Leporello; Fernando Javier Rado: Masetto; Loriana Castellano: Zerlina; Chorus of the Monte-Carlo Opera Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Velvet (Series 3)

Saturdays 8.30pm Channel 020

A feel-good, compelling Spanish story of a fashion house in Madrid in the late 1950s, which is scene to money, fashion, drama, entanglements, love, jealousies, plots and counter-plots involving its owners, customers and employees.

Still Tomorrow

Thursday 1 March 8.30pm Channel 020

A farmer from rural China with cerebral palsy is not a likely candidate for fame. But when Yu Xiuhua’s poetry went viral online, she was suddenly touted for great success. Brutally visceral, her poetry is born from grappling with disability, a loveless marriage, and her relationship with China’s eroding pastoral interior. This sympathetic documentary lays bare the disjunction at the heart of Yu’s life between physical circumstance and inner expression.

Odeonsplatz Concert: Munchner Philharmoniker

Wednesday 28 February 7pm Channel 020

A balmy summer night, musical highlights and the picturesque scenery of Munich’s Feldherrnhalle – The Odeonsplatz Concert grants experiences of classical music on its highest level in a unique atmosphere. The Munchner Philharmoniker open their open-air concert with Bach’s Air from Suite No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s ballet-suite Swan Lake. Chief Conductor Valery Gergiev conducts this piece with “dance-like elegance and a slightly melancholic levity, tackling the frontiers of the feasible in the rapid movements” (Suddeutsche Zeitung). The programme goes on with Richard Strauss’s Suite from Rosenkavalier, “euphonious, fresh, sensual, with plenty of power exactly when it is needed” (TZ), and with Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.

Composer: J.S. Bach, P. Tchaikovsky, R. Strauss, M. Ravel. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: Munchner Philharmoniker.

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