Wachtel on the Arts from CBC Radio's Ideas
Summary: IDEAS presents a monthly feature with CBC Radio's celebrated arts journalist Eleanor Wachtel. Wachtel on the Arts is similar to Eleanor's program Writers & Company but, instead of focusing on writers, it presents hour-long in-depth interviews with artists, architects, composers, filmmakers, theatre and opera directors and choreographers from Canada and around the world. Creators of film, opera, the visual arts, theatre, dance and architecture talk about their latest work but also their personal lives and the events and ideas that shaped them as creative people.
Eleanor Wachtel talks to American painter Frank Stella. Since the late 1950s he's been at the forefront of the art world, constantly pushing new ideas for abstract painting.
Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers and Company talks to British architect Will Alsop. He's widely known as an enfant terrible in the architecture world, not bad for someone who just celebrated his 64th birthday. Will Alsop's designs are often brash and colourful, and always live up to his motto that architecture should be fun.
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with the American composer Philip Glass. Perhaps the most prominent composer of his generation, his works helped reinvent the sound of music for Western audiences from the late 1960s on. He's coming to Canada in June with a revival of his first opera, Einstein On the Beach, part of the celebrations for Glass' 75th birthday.
Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers and Company, talks to Catherine Malfitano, a soprano who once sang Tosca to an audience of a billion people. Now she's an opera director in charge of the newest production at the Canadian Opera Company
Eleanor Wachtel talks to artist Olafur Eliasson. In works exhibited around the world, Eliasson has created rainbows, waterfalls, mist and smoke - stretching the phrase "mixed media" beyond materials to include the immaterial: things like air temperature, a trick of the light.
Eleanor Wachtel talks to performance artist extraordinaire Marina Abramovic.
Eleanor Wachtel talks to the master of American documentary film-making, Frederick Wiseman. His new movie, released this week in New York and making its way across the U.S. this spring, is called Crazy Horse and it takes viewers behind the scenes at a famous cabaret night-club in Paris.