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    1. October 1, 2014

      Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot, Asia Society, New York – review

      Nam June Paik, the Korean-born artist who died in 2006 at 74, was an electric poet, a joyful visionary who grasped early on...

    2. August 22, 2014

      John Cale’s rock and drones at the Barbican

      In a gloomy side-room at the Barbican Centre in London, John Cale joins me at a small table. His hair is long, swept back...

    1. June 23, 2014

      An Aldeburgh Musicircus, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, UK – review

      Aldeburgh Music’s idea to stage a John Cage Musicircus – a concept of musical “happenings” that the composer developed from...

    2. December 2, 2013

      Stephen Shore: Something & Nothing, Sprüth Magers, London – review

      You don’t get much more garlanded than Stephen Shore. His talent was recognised very early and has not been in much doubt...

    3. October 8, 2013

      Graphic Scores, Barbican St Luke’s, London – review

      Standard musical notation was great for marshalling orchestras in the harmonic complexities of the western orchestral...

    4. September 27, 2013

      Graphic scores: lively alternative ways of writing down music

      Music notation is at best a compromise, at worst a lie. In western culture a five-line stave suspending a pattern of dotted...

    5. May 30, 2013

      Justin Peck premiere, Lincoln Center, New York – review

      On Wednesday night, New York City Ballet slashed ticket prices to $29 throughout the house, so two-thirds of the audience –...

    6. May 8, 2013

      Flying the flag for Jasper Johns

      As Manhattan’s art world and thousands of visitors from across the world gear up for the opening on Friday May 10 of the...

    7. May 1, 2013

      Choré, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Monaco – review

      Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is in many ways as insular as the tiny city-state it operates from. Under choreographer...

    8. February 27, 2013

      Repeating Patterns, Purcell Room, London

      It is fitting that a movement calling itself minimalism should have come out of small beginnings. Speaking in one of the...

    9. February 15, 2013

      The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, Barbican Art Gallery, London

      When one of its dancers asked Merce Cunningham what his ballet Minutiae (1954) was actually about, the choreographer led her...

    10. February 12, 2013

      New World Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas, New World Center, Miami Beach

      The centenary of John Cage occurred last year, so last weekend’s tribute, “Making the Right Choices”, by the New World...

    11. December 17, 2012

      the event of a thread, Park Avenue Armory, New York

      Even before we walk into the “the event of a thread”, Ann Hamilton’s ambitious installation at the Park Avenue Armory, we...

    12. October 25, 2012

      Composer Conversations and Dialogues, Beijing Music Festival

      Concert presenters often describe music programming as a conversation among composers, but this year’s Beijing Music...

    13. October 10, 2012

      Ether 12, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

      Each autumn the Southbank Centre sets aside a couple of weeks for Ether. This short festival ventures into the rarefied air...

    14. October 5, 2012

      John Cage: Journeys in Sound

      Was John Cage (1912-1992) a phoney or a liberator of sound? This fascinating, eloquent DVD leaves room for both, while...

    15. August 17, 2012

      Life brought to art

      For me the making of exhibitions has always had to do with dialogue: a concentrated, in-depth, focused dialogue with...

    16. July 26, 2012

      Dance at Avignon Festival, France

      One of the most attractive features of the Avignon Festival’s official programming is its regard for small-scale works...

    17. July 6, 2012

      Dance GB, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

      In an exercise in cultural counter-devolution, the “national” dance companies of Scotland, Wales and England come together...

    18. June 24, 2012

      Spitalfields Festival, Shoreditch Church

      It is the kind of story that echoes down Spitalfields’s history: Hyman Massil emigrated from Byelorussia in 1905, settling...

    19. June 15, 2012

      Nothing really matters

      Nothing will come of nothing; speak again.” How do you express nothing in art? By silence in language or music – Lear’s...

    20. June 8, 2012

      The light fantastic

      When in 1954 the American sculptor Alexander Calder accepted an invitation from the Sarabhai family to spend some time in...

    21. March 17, 2012

      Full of hot air, signifying nothing

      I had high hopes for the second AV Festival (International Festival of Art, Technology, Music and Film) in north-east...

    22. March 5, 2012

      Surrogate Cities, Royal Festival Hall, London

      At a pre-concert question-and-answer session, a teenage boy asked Heiner Goebbels: “Where do you get your ideas from?” The...

    23. October 6, 2011

      Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Barbican, London

      The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, as the choreographer left it when he died two years ago, will cease to exist at the...

    24. September 16, 2011

      John Cage Night, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

      One of the most critical elements of any John Cage performance is its audience. As well as challenging his listeners’...

    25. September 16, 2011

      Sonic boom

      What images come to mind when you hear the phrase “musical instrument”? A string quartet filing neatly around a grand piano?...

    26. August 13, 2011

      The artist with nothing to say

      From Mr Michael Short. Sir, In his review of the John Cage exhibition at the Hayward Gallery (which, incidentally, isn’t new...

    27. August 5, 2011

      Varied compositions

      In 1944, John Cage found himself in the fashionable Willard Gallery on New York’s Upper East Side, staring at a painting by...

    28. June 23, 2011

      Savion Glover, Joyce Theater, New York

      He has beaten his feet to gospel, jazz, opera, Stevie Wonder and a planetarium soundtrack. But for Sole Sanctuary (at the...

    29. January 21, 2011

      Life and Times (Episode one), Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

      “God, this must be so boring for you!”. One hour and 40 minutes into the first half, this line got an ironic titter and some...

    30. November 11, 2010

      Neil Greenberg, Dance Theater Workshop, New York

      Paige Martin and Luke Miller Neil Greenberg’s (like a vase) begins with Ruth Draper – the mid-century monologist who set...

    31. July 27, 2009

      Obituary: Merce Cunningham

      Merce Cunningham, grand master of modern dance – this catch-all phrase truly possessing, in Cunningham’s work, its immediate...

    32. June 3, 2009

      Aglow with sinister charm

      The new musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel Coraline , at the Lortel , restores much of the eccentricity taken...

    33. June 2, 2009

      Coraline, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York

      The new musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel Coraline, at the Lortel, restores much of the eccentricity taken away...

    34. January 31, 2009

      Classical - Andrew Clark

      Music for Airports/In the Ocean Frank Scheffer Medici Arts This DVD explores the spirit of experiment in late 20th-century...

    35. January 3, 2009

      George Maciunas: The Dream of Fluxus

      The art movement Fluxus was created by George Maciunas in 1961. Established in New York, Fluxus was yet another attempt to...

    36. December 20, 2008

      Enigma's variations

      The idea that a big record label would sign an avant-garde aesthete who was hell-bent on forging a hybrid of the most...

    37. December 17, 2008

      Growth fosters new ideas – not recession

      From Mr Marc Thompson. Sir, Periods of strong economic growth, not recession, are when the “new ideas” Lynda Gratton refers...

    38. November 12, 2008

      Step back and forward in time

      If you are Merce Cunningham, almost no environment is hostile to the creation of dances that are at once austere and...

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