<i>Satyagraha</i> in Adelaide © Darren Williams Photography
Satyagraha in Adelaide
© Darren Williams Photography
During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.

Philip Glass’ new opera The Trial, based on Franz Kafka, is about to tour the UK. There are few contemporary composers who have so many operas constantly in the repertory. In August, the State Opera of South Australia staged Glass’ ‘portrait trilogy’ in Adelaide, which Bachtrack reviewed. You can read an interview with choreographer Leigh Warren on Glass’ operas and how he directed them here.

After its success in 2004, dance maker Jasmin Vardimon revisits PARK in a UK tour, launching today. Dance editor Alexandra Desvignes met Vardimon to find out her background, what stimulates her as a choreographer and how PARK has been revised.

In November, Sally Beamish's Equal Voices receives its world première as part of the London Symphony Orchestra's weekend-long commemoration of the centenary of World War I. Read our preview of this work, which sets text by Sir Andrew Motion. 

In April, New York reviewer Rebecca Lentjes covered David Lang’s curated concert series collected stories. In an interview, we speak to Lang about how he composes for different mediums, how he collaborates with artists and what it’s like having his work choreographed for dance. One of his collaborators, choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg, also spoke to us, specifically about working with contemporary composers (including Lang) and the collaborative process.

Rebecca Lentjes considers composers' experimental use of performing spaces in her article “Sitting in a room, singing in the Catskills”. 

Composers we have interviewed this month include Oliver Rudland, whose opera Pincher Martin we reviewed in July, and Julian Anderson, whose first opera Thebans was staged at English National Opera in May 2014. Colin Matthews discussed his work as well as the creation of NMC Records, which does so much to support composers' work. 

Joby Talbot, whose popular ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland returns to The Royal Ballet this Christmas, spoke to us about working with choreographers and about composing his first opera. 

Four leading choreographers use music by British composer Thomas Adès in a Sadler's Wells evening entitled, See the Music, Hear the Dance. Read our article and interviews with the four choreographers. 

In November, Anders Hillborg is the featured composer in Stockholm's Composers Festival. Read our interview and find out about some of the works performed. 

Keep an eye out for more interviews and articles in the weeks to come, along with plenty of reviews of contemporary music and dance events. 

Anders Hillborg: a Swedish superstar

Through the Looking-Glass: staging the 'portrait trilogy' in Adelaide

See the Music, Hear the Dance: Sadler’s Wells’ celebration of Thomas Adès’ music

Joby Talbot: a composer's journey through Wonderland to the foothills of Everest

Jasmin Vardimon: Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

In conversation with Pontus Lidberg: On music for Dance

Contemporary Focus 2014: David Lang

Sitting in a room, singing in the Catskills: Composers, performers, and space

Contemporary Focus 2014: Oliver Rudland

Contemporary Focus 2014: Colin Matthews

Sally Beamish world première for LSO's WWI commemoration

Martin Matalon : l'alchimie et le sens du son

 

Reviews:

The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera

quartet-lab succeeds at musical experiment in the Concertgebouw

Masters of the Queens Music at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Gubaidulina, Darbellay, and Mahler in Zurich

Reich Première from Colin Currie Group

NTR ZaterdagMatinee premières Theo Loevendie's opera The Rise of Spinoza

Romitelli intrigues with An Index of Metals

A thrilling Satyagraha as a Philip Glass opera-ballet in Adelaide

Einstein on the Beach a mesmerising experience in four acts

Akhnaten at State Opera of South Australia: a world first for Philip Glass’ portrait operas