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SKY Arts


Oceans Apart: Art And The Pacific

Thursdays 8.30pm from 9 May


Buried Child

Saturday 25 May 8.30pm



Monday 27 May 7.45pm


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.

I Am (Series 2)

Thursdays 9.30pm from 2 May Channel 020

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.

This Is Art (Series 2)

Fridays 8.30pm Channel 020

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.

Live From The Artists Den (Series 12)

Sunday Nights from 5 May Channel 020

The critically acclaimed concert series provides an intimate music experience with ground-breaking and inspiring artists. The 12th season features John Legend at Manhattan's historic Riverside Church, One Republic at Park City (Utah), Lady Antebellum at the historic United Palace in Washington Heights and Fleet Foxes at the Knockdown Center in Queens (New York).

Landscape Artist Of The Year (Series 4)

Tuesdays 8.30pm Channel 020

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.

Oceans Apart: Art And The Pacific

Thursdays 8.30pm from 9 May Channel 020

Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific 250 years ago set Oceanic and Western culture on a dramatic collision course, changing the map and the fate of the world forever. This intriguing series uses art to tell the fascinating, brutal and largely untold story of what happened next. Fresh and thought provoking, it explores difficult issues around identity, appropriation and exploitation, and critically examines the powerful tribal art Cook encountered - and the European art it inspired.

Viewing Oceanic art through this lens of ‘cultural exchange’ provides a unique new take, one that crosses 250 years and brings us right up to date. We’ll see contemporary artists at work, visit stunning locations and hear challenging ideas from all manner of original and controversial voices – all combining to shed new light on the incredible art and unfamiliar art history of this region.

Gidon Kremer: Finding Your Own Voice

Wednesday 22 May 7pm Channel 020

He is a violinist of the century who is a stranger to entertainment. He is an exception in an industry that is aimed currently at market value, marketing and mass appeal: Gidon Kremer is one of the most exciting artist personalities of our time. Finding Your Own Voice is a calm and thoughtful portrait of the great violinist and intellectual.

Over the course of one year, Paul Smaczny accompanied Gidon Kremer with the camera, observing him with his Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra in Paris and his native Riga, and as a soloist in Moscow and Tokyo, as well as encountering him as a socially and politically active person.

Finding Your Own Voice seeks to find out what drives a person like Gidon Kremer, what lies behind making music, where the deep meaning of music lies hidden. A film about a great intellectual who sees himself as a mediator of values whose ethos is alien to, indeed contrary to, any form of narcissism and profit seeking.

The Odeonsplatz Concert: Gergiev & Florez

Wednesday 22 May 8pm Channel 020

Munich’s Odeonsplatz Concert is one of the open-air highlights of the year. The magnificent Residenz Palace on one side and the serene, towering Theatinerkirche on the other provide the ideal backdrop for exceptional performances of classical music. In this setting, Juan Diego Florez presents an impressive aria programme, for which “he is celebrated like a popstar” (Suddeutsche Zeitung) by the Munich public. The Munchner Philharmoniker shine with their maestro Valery Gergiev at the helm. Arias by Mozart, Donizetti, Massenet, Puccini, Verdi and Rimskij-Korsakow.

Buried Child

Saturday 25 May 8.30pm Channel 020

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child returns 20 years after its last major New York production. Dodge (Ed Harris) and Halie (Amy Madigan) are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons (Rich Sommer and Paul Sparks). When their grandson Vince (Nat Wolff) arrives with his girlfriend (Taissa Farmiga), no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. This wildly poetic and cuttingly funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare deluded visions of our families and our homes.

Sleeping Beauty

Monday 27 May 7.45pm Channel 020

Australian dancer Alexander Campbell plays Bluebird alongside Hikaru Kobayashi as Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty.

RCO: Herreweghe: Beethoven & Brahms

Wednesday 29 May 7.30pm Channel 020

With Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Philippe Herreweghe is highlighting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s most important function since first founding, namely to perform the best works from the Classical and Romantic periods.

Herreweghe joins forces here with star pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Russian-Israeli-American master who is known as a heavyweight, excelling in tumultuous works. Remarkably enough, Bronfman now turns to the subtlest and most tender of piano concertos that Beethoven composed.

Josephine Baker: The Story Of An Awakening

Thursday 30 May 8.30pm Channel 020

How did a poor little black girl from Missouri become the Queen of Paris, before joining the French Resistance and finally creating her dream family “The Rainbow Tribe”, adopting twelve children from four corners of the world? This is the fabulous story of the first black superstar, Josephine Baker.

Rare and unprecedented archives will resolve the puzzle of Josephine’s fascinating fifty-year-long “headline-grabbing career”. Josephine Baker made three trips “back home” in 1936, 1948 and 1951. Each time she experienced everyday racism, despite her worldwide fame. Each tragic experience triggered her life-changing decisions. Gradually the battle for Civil Rights became her own, up until 1963, when she was the only woman who spoke on stage besides Martin Luther King during the famous March in Washington. From then on, she uses her fame to serve her political utopia until the end of her life. This is the journey of a superstar’s awakening from the "banana dancer" to a humanist fighter. But can fame change the world?

The Incomparable Rose Hartman

Friday 31 May 9.30pm Channel 020

Rose Hartman does not let much get in the way of whatever fashion show or opening she wants to shoot.

She has been called many names, but "irascible" best defines the woman whose sharp eye and sharper elbows have been penetrating the New York City social scene for decades.

In the 70s, she lay in wait at Studio 54 for stars like Mick and Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol. Later she pioneered the backstage workings of 7th Avenue, making quick fans of Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera. Rose Hartman’s iconic images, particularly from the Studio 54 era and from her pioneering work behind the scenes of the fashion business, continue to fascinate because they ride that thrilling line between public and private.

Although Hartman rejects the idea that she was or is some kind of paparazzi, insisting she was always and remains today an invited guest, her most famous work is all about moments we’re not necessarily supposed to see.

Directed by Otis Mass, The Incomparable Rose Hartman asks: does Rose simply work a room, or is she also working to belong?

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