Even the conductor was outraged because of my blonde wig – interview with Karine Babajanyan

The Land of Smiles, Müpa, 1 February 2019, 7 pm We caught the incredibly nice opera singer, Karine Babajanyan, for…

The way we play this instrument is like conducting a whole orchester

“I found it fantastic that every organ is different, you can hear completely new sounds, hundreds of years of music is awaken, and there are all these historical organs, still working today, all around the world…”

She heard Jerusalem’s stones crying out to her to sing

“I am the result of the most beautiful mixture and this mixture is the fountain from which I create.” Yasmin Levy on her father, the Sephardim, Jerusalem and the sacredness of music.

Seven-year-old Nina cried when she found out she was Serbian and not Croatian

The Croatian movie Srbenka received The Human Rights Film Award of the Verzió 15 International Human Rights Film Festival in Budapest. We interviewed the director Nebojša Slijepčević.

We strive for a life with six hours of work per four days a week

This year will be the 100th year since we have 8-hour working. The world has changed so much in this one hundred year. There would be a need to talk about what work really means.

We aim to impress fans of big musical emotions – interview with conductor Erki Pehk

“I consider Sinfonietta Rīga as one of the best, if not the best, chamber orchestras in the Baltic region”, says Estonian conductor Erki Pehk.

We can go around in augmented reality with our physical body – interview with Ambrus Ivanyos

“This is something like an open world simulation game where the movements of the audience – or more like participants – influence the story.” Interview with Ambrus Ivanyos about how to disappear completely…

We bring the space to life and have a dialogue with it – Shapers’ farewell in Budapest

“The work of Ex Nihilo starts with observation, rereading an intact space, listening to our intuitions, emotions, one or the other idea, moment, feeling.” An interview with Anne Le Batard.

Who is the man behind the remembrance stones? – interview with Gunter Demnig

“Although my stones can’t replace gravestones, people still can visit them” – Gunter Demnig recalls how the Stolpersteine became his essential life work.

This performance isn’t an end of the debate, it’s an exclamation mark – interview with Fruzsina Háda and Renáta Báder

“Living in the same village doesn’t mean us to hang out together around the clock. Rehearsing gives us good vibes, can’t be put into words how it feels to resonate, crying, grieving, laughing together, engulfed with sympathy comforting each other.” Renáta Báder and Fruzsina Háda speak about Live long, Regina!, an improvisational docudrama by the group SajátSzínház.

It’s always a good sign when language is on the move – interview with Kinga Tóth about her performance show

It’s not like a poem reciting event with background projection and music. For me, all these forms are equal and juxtaposed, I’m creating a “living text body” from their mixture. – Kinga Tóth is preparing for her performance show in the Trafó.

There are no rivals at this competition, only friends – interview with conductor Gábor Hollerung

The International Choral Celebration, held in Budapest from May 18 to 21, shows the most beautiful and engaging face of choral music.

Women and men on stage play roles, I went for the individual – interview with choreographer Andrea Mészöly

“I have a recurring dream where I’m roaming around in a house. I always discover new rooms, but somehow I am already aware of them before going in for the first time…” – Choreographer Andrea Mészöly reveals how the dream became a dance show on stage.

Baroque Soap Opera Reloaded

All three works contain references to moments in Wilhelmine’s life: the self-sacrificing, loving sister, the hysterical arguments between her parents, the tyrannical father forcing his daughter to marry, who even condemns his own son to death.

Antidote to the False Glamour

“Vibrato is like a disease. Leopold Mozart, who published his violin method in 1766, wrote that some players use it all the time, and their hand shakes as though they had fever.” BSF Magazine’s interview with Sir Roger Norrington.

Can you find happiness when you are able to revoke memories?

“I want to show a character who is going through really difficult trials but tries to find the beauty in the chaos. That’s sometimes the best you can do, but it’s always better than giving up.” An interview with Adam Silvera.

Author Ivanka Mogilska on Sudden Streets and the music that inspired it

You can read author Ivanka Mogilska’s secrets, behind the glistering scenes: where, when, how and with whom did she write Sudden Streets?

Body as more than a mere object of desire – Jan Němec about František Drtikol

How come that someone who used to rule and utilise the light suddenly experiences enlightenment and lets his previous life goals go? This is what I asked the novel’s writer about…

Author Susan Barker on The Palace Women’s Uprising and more

“I was drawn to write about China because I have an ancestral connection to the country, through my grandfather, and I wanted to follow the chain of emigration backwards to its origins.”

Society should look forwards, not backwards – interview with Tommi Kinnunen

“One cannot work as a teacher if he doesn’t believe that everyone of the pupils are good and important and they should be given all possibilities to live a good life. Maybe it’s the same with writing: there aren’t good or bad characters.”

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