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Es Devlin

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Es Devlin on Forest for Change, artist Phoebe Boswell, Covid amateur choirs update

Front Row

Es Devlin, who designed sets for Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stormzy at the Britz, has created something more quietly contemplative as artistic director of the London Design Biennale, filling the courtyard of Somerset House in London with trees. She tells Elle Osili-Wood about how forests in literature are places of transformation and how she created her Forest for Change, with a clearing at its heart where we are invited to consider the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.The artist Phoebe Boswell’s new exhibition Here at New Art Exchange in Nottingham features many life-size, detailed, figurative drawings, as well as large-scale video and animations which reflect her exploration of marginalisation, freedom and the idea of home. She discusses her work and how it echoes her own experience as a Kenyan-born British artist.On May 18 the DCMS amended guidance issued on the 17th May prohibiting non professional singers from meeting indoors in groups larger than 6 which effectively prohibited most planned choral activities for the 2.2 million singers in over 40,000 choirs across the country. Front Row hears from Richard Reeves, General Manager of the Royal Choral Society who staged the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall last Sunday and Paul Parker, lawyer and part-time tenor about the ongoing issues the new guidance has raised.Presenter: Elle Osili-WoodProducer: Julian MayStudio Manager: John BolandMain image: The Global Goals Pavilion: Forest for Change at the London Design BiennaleImage credit: Ed Reeve


2 Jun 2021

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3: Brian Eno x Es Devlin

12 Questions

Brian Eno and Es Devlin - the episode where I didn’t ask a single question and yet somehow…they answered all of them. What absolute magic this was to witness and I can only hope I get to do it again soon as I discovered they are in fact, the ultimate dinner party guests. Brian and Es took it away and riffed on climate change, choral singing, taking creative mistakes seriously, the life of whales and lab meat. Of course all peppered with their showbiz stories involving Bowie, Bono and I threw one of my own in about Celine Dion for good measure. I hope you enjoy listening to these two as much as I did. Listen to the 12 Questions album here: Platoon.lnk.to/12-questions

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29 Apr 2021

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CHANEL Connects - Pharrell Williams, Es Devlin & Yana Peel : Imagining New Worlds


Music producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer Pharrell Williams connects with Es Devlin, the artist and stage designer best known for her work with Beyoncé, Kanye West and The Weeknd. The conversation was led by CHANEL’s Global Head of Arts and Culture, Yana Peel. They talk about how technology is changing us, the need to elevate Black entrepreneurs, how creative expression evolves across generations, and much more.


14 Jan 2021

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Es Devlin: Artist and Stage Designer

In the Studio

Es Devlin is an artist and one of the world’s most influential stage designers - conceiving what she calls stage ‘sculptures’ with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, The Weeknd and U2, as well as designing the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics and the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.Her striking creations are equally well-known in the world of opera and theatre - from Bizet’s Carmen to Pinter’s Betrayal - all of which she does alongside her own solo work as an artist.From her studio in London, Es Devlin talks to Ella-mai Robey about her work and creative process.


13 Oct 2020

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Es Devlin, Drama by postcard, Ali Smith's Summer, photographer Alys Tomlinson

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki this week, the Imperial War Museum commissioned artist and stage designer Es Devlin and her Japanese collaborator Machiko Weston to make a short film in memory of those who died. They discuss their resulting artwork, I Saw the World End.New Perspectives, the Midlands company that takes theatre to rural areas and usually performs in village halls, has come up with a novel idea. For its latest production created during lockdown it has embraced old technology: 'Love from Cleethorpes' is a drama told on postcards. Every few days a new postcard arrives at the homes of the audience and, over a couple of weeks, the story unfolds. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by New Perspectives artistic director Jack McNamara. Literary critic Suzi Feay and arts journalist Kohinoor Sahota review Ali Smith's new novel Summer, the final instalment in her seasonal quartet of books, and discuss arts stories from the week including I'm a Celebrity moving from the Australian jungle to a British castle and Vogue theming their September issue on activism.The final guest for the Front Row Lockdown Discoveries, where artists and creators select something cultural that has given them pleasure or inspiration in the dark months of isolation, is Alys Tomlinson, Photographer of the Year at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. She describes her discovery – zoom portraiture. Presenter: Tom SutcliffeProducer: Timothy Prosser


7 Aug 2020

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Creating Jaw-Dropping Visuals with Mega-Designer Es Devlin

Between Two Curators

We kick off Season Two with Es Devlin, who let us into her world of mind-blowing visual concepts for events, performances, exhibitions, and concerts. She tells us about her approach to choreographing space, the porosity between digital and physical, and how she built the world’s most literate poetry AI. Es Devlin is a world-renowned designer whose track record of spectacular projects includes the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony. Es Devlin's Website / @esdevlinBBC Culture in Quarantine MasterclassUK Pavilion, Expo 2021-2, Dubai UAESuperblueSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/betweentwocurators)


6 Aug 2020

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Barbara Kingsolver as poet, Es Devlin's Lockdown Discovery, Sculptor Thomas J. Price, pianist Leon Fleisher remembered

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Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book, How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) which is only her second collection of poetry. As well as offering practical advice (on knitting, getting divorced, doing nothing) the poems are about family, and making peace with life and death. Barbara also reflects on the redemptive power of art and poetry itself and celebrates the natural world whilst mourning its desecration.All this week on Front Row, creative individuals from the arts are choosing one Lockdown Discovery, a cultural find that has given them pleasure in the dark months of Covid-19. We start today with production designer Es Devlin, who tells us about her discovery - The Tempest by Creation Theatre. Sculptor Thomas J Price will unveil his statue Reaching Out this Wednesday. Depicting an anonymous everywoman absorbed in silent communication, the statue stands at 9 feet tall and will be one of only three public sculptures of Black women in the whole of the UK. Norman Lebrecht discusses the extraordinary career of the American concert pianist Leon Fleisher, who has just died at the age of 92. Fleisher lost the use of his right hand and performed left-handed for several decades, before regaining the ability to play with both hands later in life. Presenter : Kirsty LangProducer : Julian MayProduction Co-ordinator : Hilary BuchananMain image: Barbara KingsolverImage credit: Steven L. Hopp


3 Aug 2020

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Es Devlin


Alisdair Kitchen chats to artist and designer Es Devlin. Be sure to look at Es's amazing work on her website: https://esdevlin.com/work Please subscribe for a new episode each week! You can also find us on social media: https://twitter.com/ryepod_podcast https://www.instagram.com/ryepod_podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/ryepod.podcast/ Recorded June 2020 Intro music courtesy Kevin MacLeod: www.incompetech.com Big fan of the podcast and want to support us? You can donate to the Rye Arts Festival (Registered Charity Number: 1175309) by following this link: https://box-office.ryeartsfestival.org.uk/sales/podcasts


24 Jul 2020

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Seven Stages: Episode 8 – Es Devlin

The Stage Podcast: Seven Stages

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. Our eight episode features designer Es Devlin and was released on Friday, July 10, 2020. From fringe theatres to worldwide stadium tours for the likes of Beyoncé and Adele, there are few worlds and scales untouched by designer Es Devlin. Starting as a designer for theatres like the Bush in west London, she quickly became a renowned stage designer, winning three Olivier Awards along the way. Recent stage work includes Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lehman Trilogy, Chimerica and The Nether. But in parallel to her stage career, she has become the go-to designer for the world's biggest musicians. Kanye West and U2, Lady Gaga and Take That, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa have all called on Devlin to conjure the engrossing, kinetic designs - mixtures of sculpture, language and light - that are her signature. Here she talks about early inspirations from her childhood on the south coast, through to all-night listening sessions with Kanye West.  Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below. Devlin’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with actor Paul Chahidi, playwright Alan Ayckbourn, actor Noma Dumezweni, choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and Ian McKellen.


10 Jul 2020

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Duende | Yanlış restorasyon, dayanıklı şehirler, Es Devlin

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26 Haziran 2020 | Duende’nin ilk bölümünde İspanya’da yanlış restorasyon sonucu bozulan sanat eserlerini, sanat dünyasının kaçak simsarı Inigo Philbrick’i, sahne tasarımlarıyla tanınan Es Devlin’i, Dezeen’in Sanal Tasarım Festivali’ni ve çok daha fazlasını konuştuk. Keyifli dinlemeler.


26 Jun 2020