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Last week the world of ballet took its first delicate and perfectly-poised steps into the world of 3D cinema. Giselle 3D – which was shot almost a year ago at Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg – received its big screen premiere in London and will be shown in selected cinemas around the UK in April. It’s not just ballet which is seeking to entice arthouse audiences to don 3D glasses. Opera entered the fray earlier this year with 3D cinema …continue reading.

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London’s Arts Theatre has announced details of its summer program, which will include the world premiere of Anton Burg’s Bette & Joan, which will star Greta Scaachi and Anita Dobson in the title roles of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively – writes Mark Shenton. The play, to be directed by Bill Alexander, begins performances May 5 for a run through June 25. Based on the real-life legendary feud between the two stars, the play shows them at a low …continue reading.

Mar 312011
 

India could bring in legislation to jail anyone who insults Mahatma Gandhi while state governments are moving to ban a biography that reviewers said showed the “Father of the Nation” was bisexual. Gandhi led the campaign to end British colonial rule but lawmakers say his reputation is being besmirched by a new biography that suggests he had a homosexual affair with a German bodybuilder. “Mahatma Gandhi is revered by millions, not just in India but across the world. We can’t …continue reading.

Mar 312011
 

The Metropolitan Opera is debating whether to proceed with its scheduled Japanese tour in June, an ambitious trip that was several years in the planning and would be the Met’s first to that country since 2006. Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, met on Tuesday with union representatives about safety concerns and on Wednesday issued a statement to the entire company that described the tour as being “in jeopardy at this time.” Mr. Gelb said any risk created by problems …continue reading.

Mar 312011
 

Last night Daniele Rustioni conducted Aida at Covent Garden. At 28 he is certainly young, but as assistant to the house musical director Antonio Pappano he was an obvious and pleasing choise to replace the escaping Fabio Luisi. Luisi, who’s eyeing James Levine’s job at the Met, dashed off to replace him, breaking his Royal Opera House contract in doing so. As The Arts Desk commented, we may not be seeing much more of him at the ROH, though of course, if the gamble pays off, …continue reading.