After the war, the arts came back stronger. They can do so again now | Charlotte Higgins

Covid-19 has devastated our theatres and museums. But with imagination we can create something better than before The arts in Britain are in a dire situation. Mighty household names, such as London’s Old Vic and the Royal Albert Hall, have warned that they are close to collapse. The overwhelming majority of British cultural workers – freelance artists, musicians, composers, directors, actors, technicians – saw their livelihoods destroyed in a matter of hours this March. They are hanging on by a thread, notwithstanding government support for the self-employed. In England, every available penny of Arts Council money has been directed into emergency funds to keep arts organisations alive until September, and the furlough scheme is a lifeline; but some are already …

Rio Carnival takes a stand against Bolsonaro’s divisive rhetoric

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to kick off Carnival, Mangueira is one of several samba schools using the world’s biggest festival as a platform for protest, with their theme of a Jesus of the favela returning to a land with prophets of intolerance Packed into the brightly lit samba rehearsal hall, in the Mangueira favela of Rio de Janeiro, hundreds of revellers dressed in pink and emerald threw their arms towards the sky and burst into song. As they sang, some wiped tears from their eyes. Couples drew closer, clutching one another’s hand. “My name is Jesus of the people,” the crowd chanted. “I am found in love which finds no boundary; search for me in the ranks who fight …

20 for 2020: unmissable culture and rising stars

Normal People gets a TV adaptation, Lana Del Rey performs her acclaimed new album, Top Gun 2 is given permission to land, and theres new talent galore 1. Theatre and TVSam Wanamaker Playhouse, so sadly she will cop it at the end (no great spoiler it is a Jacobean tragedy after all). She laughs. At the audition I said: Do we have to see another woman die? So many plays Ive done, women die: in Yerma, Billie died; in Blood Wedding, Aoife died Teixira has a point, but this bloody litany also serves as a handy summary of the 27-year-olds impressive CV. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College in 2014, shes played opposite Vanessa Kirby in Polly Stenhams Miss …

‘Artists don’t value it’: pop accused of taking advantage of dancers

Vague promises of exposure used as cover for poor pay and insecure working conditions, Guardian told Last year, one of pops rising stars was heading to London for a show and needed local dancers to accompany her. The singers management only wanted the best, a handpicked group who could live up to the high standards expected from the US entertainment industry. It was an amazing opportunity, with one large catch: the gig didnt pay. Some dancers, however, jumped at the chance. Instead of payment you were going to get exposure, said Windy Tsoi, less than minimum wage for the hours I invested and that she couldnt afford to eat [and] was sweeping studio floors to be able to practice my …

The shock of the nude: Brazil’s stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at So Paulos international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be So Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Banksys kissing coppers) as hooting taxis squeeze past. We love the fight between the public and the traffic, performer Carlos Canhameiro tells me later, remarkably uninjured. The street belongs to you. The street belongs to you (See[]Have) Adrift. Photograph: Guto Muniz If there are politics even in …

DJs of the Future Don’t Spin RecordsThey Write Code

Renick Bell is standing in front of his computer at a small table in the middle of the dance floor. The stoic, bespectacled musician types quickly and efficiently, his eyes locked to his computer screen. Around him in a wide circle, the crowd bobs to his music. Sputtering tom rolls, blobby techno synths, and crystalline cymbal taps blossom and spill out of the theater's massive surround-sound system. All the lights are off, and the only illumination in the big room is the glow of Bell's monitor, the soft red LED backlight on his mechanical gaming keyboard, and a live view of his PC monitor projected on a wall-sized screen. Peter Rubin Fortnite's Marshmello Concert Is the Future of the Metaverse …

‘Is this actually dance?’: Australia’s overlooked art form is its most exciting

Melbournes contemporary dance renaissance and a decade of Dance Massive festival go hand in hand Contemporary dance began for me in 2015, midway through a Tim Darbyshire show called Official statistics count it as one of the smaller and more specialised of the performing arts. Dance Massive, Australias largest festival of new contemporary dance, which turns 10 years old this year. Angela Conquet, the artistic director of Melbournes Alongside work by Joel Bray, Karul Projects and Marrugeku, the impressive DubaiKungkaMiyalk brings together a strong line-up of four contemporary choreographers, Mariaa Randall, Henrietta Baird, Carly Sheppard and Ngioka Bunda-Heath, curated by Randall, who is fresh from a well-received show at New Yorks Performance Space. Le Dernier Appel by Marrugeku is among …

Forget tango: the murga of Buenos Aires is a riot of sequins and salvation

Freelance photographer Kate Stanworth has been following a Buenos Aires murga group for 10 years, as they perform in an energetic street carnival that is little known beyond Argentina Argentinas charismatic capital, Buenos Aires, might be more famous for tango, steak and football than colourful carnival parades. However, murga a feisty, home-grown form of street dance and percussion performed during carnival season, once unfairly thought of as only performed by drop-outs and drunks has flourished in recent years, providing a source of pride, happiness and salvation for the predominantly working class families that dedicate their lives to it. La Locura de Boedos band on a carnival night, playing the distinctive bass drums with cymbals, that are unique to the murga …