Arts interviews

Wolf Suschitzky: the man who invented wildlife photography

By Amanda Hopkinson, September 27, 2012

‘I’ve never ‘arranged’ my photographs, I’ve always been an observer.” So says Wolf Suschitzky, centenarian and ground-breaking photographer.

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Yefim Bronfman, an Olympian of the piano

By Jessica Duchen, August 23, 2012

Yefim Bronfman is a heavyweight virtuoso: a force of nature, whose fame has spread beyond musical circles. He even makes an appearance in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, with the author describing him as “Bronfman the Brontosaur” and “Mr Fortissimo”.

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Roxy, the Jewish mother from EastEnders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

It's EastEnders' traitorous party girl, Roxy Mitchell, as you've never seen her before.

Actress Rita Simons is one of four Jewish working mothers whose dual lives are captured in a new photography exhibition.

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Todd Solondz - why the director of Happiness loves a loser

By Anne Joseph, June 28, 2012

A Jewish wedding forms the opening frame of indie film-maker Todd Solondz’s film, Dark Horse. Guests are seen dancing to the sound of loud music pumping, all with the exception of Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair), who are sitting awkwardly next to each other at a table, barely communicating.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Being Leonard Cohen's son - it's not all hallelujahs

By Brigit Grant, March 29, 2012

There is a quiz on the internet that lets Leonard Cohen fans measure the intensity of their admiration for the musician and poet.

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Interview: Gideon Raff

By Anne Joseph, March 2, 2012

A dimly lit Frankfurt hotel room filled with tension. A knock at the door; a letter is hand-delivered. A An elderly man's face occupies the screen; he wipes the sweat off his brow. "What now?" his colleague asks. "We wait," he replies. Eventually there is a telephone call. "It's a done deal," the elderly man says. "They're coming home."

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