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.
Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran steersman of the Last Night, returns to direct the greatest annual party in classical music. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Henry Wood and Thomas Arne is extended in Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, featuring star Canadian baritone Gerald Finley. There’s a dash of Broadway in the touching Soliloquy from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and a more mischievous streak in Milhaud’s delightful suite Scaramouche. Roxanna Panufnik’s new commission rounds off a series of over 40 world, UK or London premieres this season, continuing the forward-looking vision of Proms founder Henry Wood.
One of the most talked about exhibitions of the year, dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cezanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself. This film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cezanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.
"Stradivari on eight cylinders" was the headline for the rich cornucopia of sound that Anne-Sophie Mutter poured out on her concert tour with the Sibelius Violin Concerto. "Her Stradivari lets her sing the arches of melody with warm vibrato and lends real fire to her double-stopping; she stages great leaps as soaring stairways to heaven or headlong descents to hell and fills the slow movement with yielding warmth", reports the Suddeutsche Zeitung with admiration.
Mutter’s violin concerto is wonderfully complemented by Shostakovich’s 10th, in which Nelsons truly triumphs: "Shostakovich’s Tenth is a trial of musical strength: elegiac and rhythmic with equal conviction, it requires full force in the tutti even as it gives the individual a voice in the form of frequent solos. World-class, these exponents from Amsterdam". Such was the verdict of the Südwest Presse.
There are cinematic milestones that have left a market impression on the landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s take on his idealized vision of Ireland, ‘The Quiet Man’, is one such film.
The plot revolves around Sean Thronton (John Wayne) who after killing a man in a boxing fight in America, returns to claim his ancestral home in Ireland and falls in love with a fiery redhead Mary Kate Danagher (Maureen O’Hara). The themes of the film mirrored Ford’s own family’s experience of loss of land and forced emigration. When it was released ‘The Quiet Man’ became a monster hit all across the world and has resonated with international audiences ever since.
Grammy nominated film that pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage to view evolving dynamics of race in America.
In June 1964, hundreds of college students travelled to Mississippi, starting Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young musicians and students also travelled to Mississippi. Though neither group were aware of the other, both were on the same errand: to find two blues legends and coax them out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era but now they seemed lost to time.
There were few clues to their whereabouts but it was not even known if they were still alive. Mississippi, that summer was a tense and violent place. The Ku Klux Klan and police force vowed that Freedom Summer would not succeed. It was easy to mistake the young men looking for Son House and Skip James as activists, as the groups collided in memorable yet tragic fashion.
This genre-defining series explores the global history of art as the driving force for civilisation. Specialist filming techniques capture the majestic scale of the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, and pick out the exquisite detail of Michelangelo’s Basilica of St Peter. Until now, these illuminating creations have been remote. Now you can immerse yourself in their awe-inspiring craftsmanship, as great masterpieces are brought closer and made clearer than ever before. An epic blockbuster, Civilisations shows how art defines the human experience. It’s a story of passion and struggle, introducing a new generation to classic works created across the continents.
Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (including Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sandburg, W.H. Auden, Gwendolyn Brooks and others) with a reading by an individual well-known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock, former vice president Joe Biden, rapper/poet Nas plus many others).
The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Scholar Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode’s end.
Capturing powerful and real-life stories has always been the driving force behind Tales By Light. Director Abraham Joffe has focused on image-makers with purpose; those using their craft to bring important messages to the world.
From the stark beauty of the Australian outback to the mesmerising underwater world, Joffe sought out the stories that desperately need sharing. Tales By Light takes viewers on a spectacular journey across seven environments; deserts, mountains, rainforest, urban, ocean, islands, and rivers – captured by image makers who are trying to make the world a better place.
For five whole days, the Austrian town Melk turns into the centre of classical music. Under the motto "Love knows no ending" one musical highlight will chase the other - matinees, enchanting night concerts, musical entertainment for kids, musical baroque and modern cross-over events. Performances by international stars include as soprano Sophie Karthauser, bariton Gunther Groissbock, the acclaimed Tolz Boys' Choir, La Grande Chapelle and many more.
From tranquil rivieras in Liguria, to hidden country retreats near Caprarola, the ancient town of Anagni to the flower gardens of Trieste, visit an Italy you never knew existed. Watch the sunset over the golden limestone towns of Sicily, and discover lost Renaissance frescos hidden away in beautiful cathedrals on the vacation of a lifetime.
I AM tells the stories of people who put their reason for being in art. The story of the creative process takes the traits of social and identity affirmation, following the motivations and urgency that lead the artist to express themselves.
I AM tells about fragments of life, sacrifices, disappointments, emotions, conflicts and resolutions, focusing the narration on the works and character of the protagonist, on his story and on the context in which he moves. I AM is the story of an artist.
Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering. This series Sam is in conversation with: Rachel Bloom, Aaron Paul, Ricky Carmichael, Eiljah Wood, David Oyelowo, Kenneth Lonergan, Sam Richardson, Gillian Jacobs, Jerrod Carmichael, Maggie Siff, Hank Azaria, Courteney Cox, Jenny Slate, Freida Pinto, Matt Walsh and Ron Howard.
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.
Celebrating the centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, Incident at Vichy returns the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to the Signature Theatre in New York for the first time since his 1997-98 Residency.
In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.
Longtime Signature director Michael Wilson helms this haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil and the shared humanity that might overcome it.
From the production team behind the Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of...yet.
Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined - captivating a wide range of admirers including Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee and even the Japanese Emperor - and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock, creating a one of a kind cultural phenomenon.
Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades, persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache, We Are X culminates with preparations for their breath-taking reunion concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak, We Are X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted but truly unstoppable virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans.
Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland is the longest running music television programme on the BBC 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 for Series 53 include the Mod-father Paul Weller, chart-topper Jess Glynne, rock band Muse, pop icon Neneh Cherry and reggae legend Toots Hibbert among many others.
Mario Lanza was one of the most famous tenors the world has ever known. One of the greatest tenors of the modern era. Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo and Bocelli – all trace their inspiration back to Lanza who became the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol during the 1950s with box office hits such as The Toast of New Orleans, The Great Caruso and The Student Prince.
One gold disc followed another with operatic arias and pop hits such as The Loveliest Night of the Year, Because You're Mine, Che Gelida Manina, Golden Days and his signature ballad, Be My Love. Lanza was idolised, but within ten years his star had burned itself out and he was dead at just thirty eight years old. It was the first in a long list of tragic deaths of stars battling to live with fame and its darker side.
Lanza was a Hollywood film star, but the most dramatic role he ever played was that of Mario Lanza himself. It was a life overflowing with fame, passion, tantrums, success, vices, generosity and incomprehensible tragedies. And it was played to a soundtrack of one of the most beautiful singing voices ever heard.
This is the Mario Lanza story.
Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain's angriest band” by the Guardian and “The world's greatest rock 'n' roll band” by Iggy Pop.
Jason Williamson, a former chicken factory worker and father of two, his band mate, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwood, avant-garde bedroom label owner and former bus driver, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos.
Following them on their two-year journey from bedroom recording sessions to mainstream success, Christine Franz’s documentary tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.
Maestro follows Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi and an array of brilliant musicians as they perform to sold-out music halls across the world.
Travel the globe with one of the industry's most recognizable names and discover a side of classical music few have ever seen. Jarvi, who serves as the musical director of the Orchestre de Paris, takes us on a creative journey rich in culture and history. Interviews and an original score from an array of today's top musical talent round out a passionate film that reminds us what we call classical music was once the original revolution in music history.
The revealing footage captures the pressures of self-expression, the rush of performance, and above all, the power of a universal language. Maestro is an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music.
Celebrating 120 Years of Deutsche Grammophon, The Berlin Concert features performances from their unbeatable roster of artists: Anne-Sophie Mutter, considered one of the greatest violinists of all time and Lang Lang, pioneering pianist and global cultural icon. Accompanied by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the direction of Manfred Honeck performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and the German premiere of John Williams’ “Markings” in this highly anticipated concert in Berlin’s famous Philharmonie.
PROGRAMME: Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, op. 72; Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b, Romance in F for violin and orchestra, op. 50; Mozart: Piano Concerto in C minor, KV 491; John Williams: Markings for violin, string orchestra and harp.
A truly remarkable portrait of one of the world's greatest writers, this documentary special reveals the story behind the deaths of two of Kipling’s three children, creating an evocation of a man who had remarkable gifts, yet had to bear great personal tragedy.
In 1904, Kipling’s six-year-old daughter Josephine died after illness. In 1916, his son John was killed at the Battle of Loos. Their deaths provoked utter desolation but also gave birth to the elegiac work that lies at the heart of this documentary.
Examining the interaction between his grief and his creative force, Rudyard Kipling: A Secret Life combines deeply moving dramatisations of three of Kipling's most important works - They, Mary Postgate and The Gardener - with distinguished insights from Kipling’s leading biographers.
A cinematic homage to the life and ideas of Peter Rice, a man widely regarded as the most distinguished structural engineer of the late twentieth century. Without his innovations and collaborations with the leading architects of his time, some of the most recognisable buildings in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre Pyramid, would not have been possible.
This production traces Rice’s extraordinary life from his native Ireland, through London, Sydney and Paris, to his untimely and tragic death in 1992. Through a series of interviews with his family, friends and former colleagues, interwoven with stunning time-lapse photography, we begin to understand the workings of one of the great minds and unsung heroes of the twentieth century. This is the story of a man who pushed the boundaries of art and science to achieve the unimaginable.
It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew.
So why did The Dana Carvey Show - with a writer’s room and cast including then unknowns Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more - crash and burn so spectacularly?
Too Funny To Fail: The Life And Death Of The Dana Carvey Show tells the hilarious true story of a crew of genius misfits who set out to make comedy history... and succeeded in a way they never intended.
Indie rock pioneers Foals perform a selection of songs from throughout their career in a sell-out performance live from London's Royal Albert Hall, including Spanish Sahara, Inhaler, My Number and Late Night.
Frontman Yannis Philippakis is a master of entertainment: throwing himself into the crowd, disappearing and reappearing throughout the hall and lowering himself through a sea of hands, he controls and mesmerises the manic crowd, earning his band the reputation as the one of the most exciting guitar bands in the UK.
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.
- Publisher: SKY.co.nz
- Page Type: SKY.co.nz
- Site Section: SKY - ROS
- Dimensions: Medium Rectangle (300px X 250px)
- Position: Right