25 November 2014
Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.
21 November 2014
The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.
12 November 2014
Cervantes's mad knight may be an extreme example, but we all invent fictions to make sense of our lives.
3 November 2014
The poem and symphony that inspired Liam Scarlett's new ballet depict the behaviours of four lonely people in a society teetering on the brink.
29 October 2014
The arts have a long tradition of depicting gods but in an age of increased scepticism, depictions of higher powers are more interesting than ever.
28 October 2014
The composer's letters to his father give a lively record of 18th-century life and his own energetic personality.
27 October 2014
The way stories of rulers are told – like that of the Greek king Idomeneus – has changed over the course of history, determined by how society views them.
24 October 2014
Our quick guide to Martin Kušej's new production of Mozart's early masterpiece for The Royal Opera.
21 October 2014
In this 1948 letter to dancer Richard Beard, Ashton discusses the creative process behind Scènes de ballet.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.