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Ballet bosses hope ‘epic’ Swan Lake production shows importance of funding UK arts | Ents & Arts News

Ballet bosses hope ‘epic’ Swan Lake production shows importance of funding UK arts | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Ballet bosses are hoping their “epic” staging of Swan Lake prompts the next government to recognise the “critical” importance of arts funding. English National Ballet artistic director Aaron Watkin, and the Royal Albert Hall’s director of audiences, Louise Halliday, have spoken to Sky News about their concerns – as ballerinas impress fans with their restaging of a classic. “Policies and funding are hugely important. They’re critical,” Watkin explains in reference to maintaining Britain’s cultural reputation. There are less than a handful of dance companies in the world that would be able to stage a show like the one currently being performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Even non-dancers are aware of Swan Lake, but reconfigured to be staged in-the-round the choreography is jaw-dropping – the huge swarms of feathers perfectly in sync with every single detail from every angle. “We hire an extra 60 dancers for this production,” Watkin explains. “You’ve got over 100 performers on stage, so it’s just the sheer size of it.” He describes the “massive undertaking” as effectively “taking three …

Gordon Ramsay says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ after bike accident – and thanks his helmet | Ents & Arts News

Gordon Ramsay says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ after bike accident – and thanks his helmet | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Gordon Ramsay has said he is “lucky to be alive” after a “really bad accident” riding his bike in the US. The TV chef, 57, warned his 7.6 million followers on X and 17 million on Instagram to “wear a helmet” after the incident in Connecticut this week. He thanked the “incredible trauma surgeons, doctors, and nurses” at the state’s private Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, but said he is “most thankful for my helmet that saved my life”. In a video, he revealed a huge bruise covering much of his torso and said: “I’m lucky to be standing here. “I am in pain, it’s been a brutal week, but I am sort of getting through it.” X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via the …

‘Sport has infiltrated all of fashion’: Anna Wintour on Vogue World, sport and UK arts | Anna Wintour

‘Sport has infiltrated all of fashion’: Anna Wintour on Vogue World, sport and UK arts | Anna Wintour

[ad_1] As Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, finalised plans for her third instalment of Vogue World, an entertainment extravaganza that will take place in Paris this month, she expressed hope that some of the French attitude towards fashion might rub off on the UK. “I have not read what I assume will be the next prime minister’s stand on the arts but hopefully he can be convinced to support not only the arts organisations but also fashion in this country, which is such an important part of the economy,” she told the Guardian on Monday at Condé Nast’s offices in London. While France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, regularly hosts events for designers at the Élysée Palace, acknowledging the importance of the industry as France’s top export sector, Wintour believes that in the UK the fashion industry continues to be misunderstood, despite contributing more than £60bn to the British economy. “Over the years I have seen prime ministers host events at Downing Street and say a lot of the right things but I’m not sure how knowledgable they …

Summerhall’s sale could devastate Edinburgh’s arts scene, say creative leaders | Edinburgh

Summerhall’s sale could devastate Edinburgh’s arts scene, say creative leaders | Edinburgh

[ad_1] Senior figures in the arts have warned that Edinburgh faces a cultural crisis after it emerged that one of the city’s most famous venues, Summerhall, has been put up for sale. Summerhall, housed in the city’s former veterinary school, has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative and critically acclaimed venues since it was set up 12 years ago by a wealthy benefactor, Robert McDowell. The complex of galleries, theatres and a cinema has featured acts such as the Russian arts collective Pussy Riot, the legendary Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and a late-night “pop dungeon” hosted by Charlotte Church. It is one of the city’s most cherished festival fringe venues. Summerhall outbuildings. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian To the shock of its artists and users, it emerged earlier this month that the family trust which owns and heavily subsidises Summerhall, Oesselman Estates, has put it on the market after McDowell’s brothers decided its losses could not be sustained. The property firm marketing the sprawling site, which includes a pub and brewery, a …

Eurovision 2024: The Netherlands’ entry Joost Klein not rehearsing ‘until further notice’ over ‘incident’ | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: The Netherlands’ entry Joost Klein not rehearsing ‘until further notice’ over ‘incident’ | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] The Netherlands’ Eurovision entry Joost Klein is under investigation by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) due to an unexplained “incident” – and will not be rehearsing again until “further notice”. The Dutch singer, 26, missed his slot in the show’s penultimate dress rehearsal in Malmo, Sweden, on Friday, where he had been due to perform his track Europapa in fifth place, ahead of Israel’s Eden Golan, 20, with her song Hurricane. It is not yet clear if Klein will be performing in the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final on Saturday. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:18 Israel performs at Eurovision semi-final The EBU said in a statement: “We are currently investigating an incident that was reported to us involving the Dutch artist. He will not be rehearsing until further notice. “We have no further comment at this time and will update in due course.” Klein had been part of the flag parade at the start of the rehearsal, and walked around the stage in full costume, but then failed …

Baby Reindeer: Woman alleged to be inspiration for stalker character to take legal action over Netflix show | Ents & Arts News

Baby Reindeer: Woman alleged to be inspiration for stalker character to take legal action over Netflix show | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] A woman alleged to be the inspiration for the stalker character of Martha in hit Netflix series Baby Reindeer has branded the show “defamatory” and plans to sue. Fiona Harvey said she had been “forced” to come forward after receiving online death threats from “internet sleuths”. In the Netflix drama series inspired by the real-life experiences of comedian and writer Richard Gadd, his character Donny is stalked by a woman named Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning, after he serves her a free cup of tea in the pub where he works. But in an interview with Piers Morgan posted on YouTube, Ms Harvey repeatedly denied being a stalker and described the series “a work of fiction”. X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via …

Eurovision 2024: Politics pushes its way into the spotlight as final 10 acts announced ahead of grand final | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: Politics pushes its way into the spotlight as final 10 acts announced ahead of grand final | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Politics has thrust its way into this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with several of the finalists referring to ongoing global disputes while speaking about their progression into the final stage of the competition. Latvian act Dons, whose song Hollow is about insecurity, was the first to use his platform to shine a light on to the troubled geopolitical landscape. Image: Latvia’s Dons. Pic: Corinne Cumming/EBU Appearing at a news conference following the selection of the final 10 acts on Thursday, he responded to a question from Latvian media asking him “What was your message tonight?” by saying: “Today was a special day in my life. I’ve never been so proud to be part of the Latvian nation. “Latvia is the only country in the world that is in the shape of a butterfly. Butterflies symbolise hope and freedom because to be a butterfly you have to fly and you have to be free. Every country in the world deserves to be free.” He received a loud round of applause within the room. The competition …

Eurovision 2024: Israel’s Eden Golan makes it through to grand final with Hurricane after protests | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: Israel’s Eden Golan makes it through to grand final with Hurricane after protests | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Israel has made it into the Eurovision grand final, despite calls for the country’s entry to be banned from the contest. Israel’s success in reaching the final stage of the show – which will take place on Saturday – comes against a backdrop of large protests across Malmo, Sweden, which is this year’s host city. Image: The Pro-Palestinian demonstration before the Eurovision Song Contest. Pic: AP Israel‘s song Hurricane – sung by 20-year-old Eden Golan – had to be reworked after an initial version titled October Rain was ruled too political by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which believed some lyrics referred to the 7 October Hamas attacks on Israel. Some believe that some lyrics in the current song – including “Dancin’ in the storm… I’m still broken from this hurricane,” still refer to attacks seven months ago which killed more than 1,000 people and resulted in hundreds of hostages being taken. During an earlier rehearsal on Tuesday, Golan was met with boos and cries of “Free Palestine,” and an audience member appeared to …

For a song contest trying to avoid politics, Eurovision 2024 is proving challenging | Ents & Arts News

For a song contest trying to avoid politics, Eurovision 2024 is proving challenging | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] “Boycott Eurovision” a man shouts into a microphone, “shame on Eurovision”. For a song contest striving to avoid politics, Eurovision 2024 is proving challenging. Thousands of pro-Palestinian protestors gathered in Malmo today to demonstrate against Israel’s inclusion in the contest as the war in Gaza rages on. Read more: Everything you need to know about this year’s show Tonight, Israeli entrant Eden Golan will find out if she’s through to the final. A decision to allow Israel to participate has been contentious, prompting some to boo during Golan’s dress rehearsal. Image: Pic: AP The outcry follows months of demonstrations and calls for a boycott. Among the crowd today a group carries a sign reading “murder on the dance floor”. “I’ve come because I want to kick out Israel from Eurovision,” one woman tells me. Image: Demonstrators are calling for a boycott of the contest “Some people would argue that you shouldn’t mix politics and music, but I feel that is a very narrow view of the world because in the end it is all …

New Lord Of The Rings film The Hunt For Gollum to be first of two new movies set in Middle Earth | Ents & Arts News

New Lord Of The Rings film The Hunt For Gollum to be first of two new movies set in Middle Earth | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] The team behind the Lord Of The Rings trilogy will work on two new films, Warner Bros has announced. Peter Jackson, the mastermind behind the epic Oscar-winning films released in 2001, 2002 and 2006, will produce the films alongside Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in the original trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novels set in the world of Middle Earth, will again star as the character and direct the first of the new movies, Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum. In a statement sure to excite fans, Serkis used Gollum’s catchphrase, saying: “Yesssss, Precious.” He added: “The time has come once more to venture into the unknown with my dear friends, the extraordinary and incomparable guardians of Middle Earth – Peter, Fran and Philippa.” Image: Andy Serkis in 2004. Pic: Reuters The producing team “will be involved every step of the way” in the new venture, Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO, David Zaslav, said. Warner Bros. had first announced in 2023 that it was planning a …