Arts features

Itzik Galili: the Israeli leading the dance for English National Ballet

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

To say that Itzik Galili is busy would be an understatement. The Israeli choreographer has broken through spectacularly in the UK in 2012 — there have been four premieres of his work performed by companies as prestigious as the Rambert Dance Company and the English National Ballet.


Amy Winehouse's ex, Alex Clare, hits the big time

By Elisa Bray, June 14, 2012

Alex Clare is famous, and he is having trouble taking it in. It has, after all, happened rather suddenly.


Anouska Mond, star of Plan B's film iLL Manors

By Simon Round, June 13, 2012

Actors are sometimes accused of being detached from the real world — their luvvyish concerns somehow removed from the nitty gritty of daily existence.


Everything you always want to know about Woody Allen

By Brigit Grant, June 8, 2012

When Letty Aronson was a little girl, her brother used her in his magic act. Not to pass the props or hold the rabbit, but to distract the audience’s attention from whatever the boy magician — one Allen Konigsberg — was doing.


Kirill Gerstein tunes up for Wigmore Hall concert with jazz

By Jessica Duchen, May 31, 2012

Once every four years, a gentleman from Kalamazoo, Michigan, approaches a concert pianist and hands over an envelope. Inside it is the Gilmore Award: a cheque for a dizzying $300,000. And that is just the start: the winner can also expect top-level performing and recording opportunities galore. But its recipients are chosen in secret, with no clue that the prize is coming their way.


Are you the next Chagall? Enter Arthouse and find out

By Simon Round, May 18, 2012

After last year’s successful exhibition, Art House returns this year to the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Artists, whether amateur or professional, are invited to submit up to three works. The best of these will be displayed at the LJCC’s home at Ivy House in north London.


The people's showbiz impresario

By John Nathan, May 10, 2012

I reckon that deep down international theatre producer David King cares about his art.


Adam Yauch's legacy - the rappers from the suburbs

By Paul Lester, May 10, 2012

So, farewell then Adam Yauch. Dead of cancer at 47. Yauch, and his fellow Beastie Boys - Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz - comprised one of the biggest rap groups ever. Along with mogul Rick Rubin, co-founder of Def Jam - label home of the Beasties, Run DMC, Jay-Z and Kanye West - they put Jews at the forefront of the genre in its early days.


Arnold Wesker Reflects on Jewish Roots

By Sir Arnold Wesker, May 10, 2012

My mother was Jewish. Her mother was Jewish. And her mother was Jewish. My father was Jewish. His mother was… and so on. Shouldn't this be enough to encourage me to think I'm Jewish? Orthodox Jewry wouldn't think so. Only those, say the Orthodox, who adhere to the prescribed rituals and laws of the Torah can claim the mantle of Jewishness.


Israel: a holy land for modern architecture

By Melanie Abrams, May 3, 2012

When kibbutznik Arieh Sharon bought a book at Breslau train station on his way to architecture school in Berlin in 1925, it changed his life - and the architecture of Israel. For the book introduced Sharon to the new, radical Bauhaus philosophies of architect, Walter Gropius and artist Josef Albers, and inspired him to take the next train to their recently opened school in Dessau.