Nam June Paik Mr Orwell
©Lorenzo Bianda

Nam June Paik, Asia Society, New York

Retro robots, TV bras and an answer to Orwell

Culture columns

Leonard Cohen on stage at Wembley Arena ©Rex
Never before has one of rock music’s most illustrious artists contemplated how to approach that tricky 80th birthday album
Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the MTV EMA's 2013 at the Ziggo Dome ©Getty
Contemporary art has replaced rock’n’roll as the go-to art form for young people with no particular talent, but plenty of attitude, to express themselves
Ricardo Cervera, Marianela Nuñez and Christopher Saunders in the Royal Ballet's 'Manon'
©Nigel Norrington

Manon, Royal Opera House, London

Marianela Nuñez and Francesca Hayward dance the title role

Daniil Trifonov, Royal Festival Hall, London

A performance as remarkable for its restraint as for its passion

Romola Garai in 'Indian Ink'
©Joan Marcus

Indian Ink, Laura Pels Theatre, New York

Romola Garai stars in Tom Stoppard’s play

Shannon Tarbet in 'The Edge of Our Bodies'
©Iona Firouzabadi

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre, London

Shannon Tarbet is outstanding in Adam Rapp’s all-but-monologue

Kylie, O2 Arena, London

So-so new songs were saved by hits from her heyday

Dylan Howe

Dylan Howe’s Subterranean, Kings Place, London

Bowie’s gloomy Berlin albums given a modal jazz twist

Sahara Soul, Barbican Hall, London

A night of desert music, as part of the Transcender Festival

Kyle Ketelsen and Mariusz Kwiecień, left, in 'Don Giovanni' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
©Todd Rosenberg

Don Giovanni, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Robert Falls’s production is fast-paced and raunchy

Sir John Tavener, photographed at home in Dorset, April 2011
©Rick Pushinsky

Flood of Beauty, Barbican, London

Tavener’s last major concert work, heard for the first time