Cultural Life: Russell Maliphant, choreographer
Friday 09 July 2010
Music: I play music a lot while I'm working in the studio. It's often to give a special feeling or energy with movement. Recently, I've been listening to Astor Piazzolla pieces, played by a brilliant young violinist, Oscar Bohorquez. Before that I was listening to a lot of music by Eric Satie played by Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Dustin Gledhill, and new pieces by the composer Andy Cowton, who I have been working with for many years. Tom Waits (below) is always a favourite, as are Nick Cave, Barry Adamson and Muse. I recently choreographed for a video directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones for the band UNKLE and have since been listening to a lot of their work, too.
Dance: I went to the UK Dance Challenge for schools and community groups just recently. There were some great performers and it was a joy to see some of the up-and-coming talent. Quite inspiring!
Books: 'Everything Is Connected' by Daniel Barenboim, which draws parallels between life and music. I found it inspiring. I've also just read 'The Importance of Being Ernest' by Oscar Wilde, and 'Married Love' by Marie Carmichael Stopes. I'm currently reading 'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas.
Films: I watch DVDs more often and recently saw Pedro Almodovar's 'Broken Embraces', which was a gem.
Television: I've been watching back series of 'Skins' and 'Weeds' – but I still miss 'Frasier' and 'Seinfeld'. I also caught up with BBC2's 'Beautiful Minds' – a series about the mysterious process of scientific discoveries and the people who make them.
'Eonnagata' by Russell Maliphant, Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage returns to Sadler's Wells from 28 to 31 July (08444124300; www.sadlerswells.com)
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
This house and dental clinic 'piled up like bricks on the brink of collapsing' is why Japan wins at architecture
Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict