Nov 15, 2011 | 53:59Wachtel on the Arts Painter David Hockney Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Painter David Hockney Nov 15, 2011 | 53:59Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Britain's most popular living painter, David Hockney, about why his landscapes keep getting bigger and bigger, and what led him to create the exhibition of iPad drawings currently on show at the Royal Ontario Museum, and why he still quarrels with photographers and art historians.
Oct 18, 2011 | 53:59Wachtel on the Arts Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Oct 18, 2011 | 53:59Eleanor Wachtel speaks with British choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon. Still in his thirties, he's already a leading figure in the ballet world on both sides of the Atlantic. And his stylish work has enticed a new, younger audience to see classical dance. His latest work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, became the biggest ever box-office hit in the regular season at the National Ballet of Canada.
Sep 20, 2011 | 53:58Wachtel on the Arts "Persepolis" with filmmaker Marjane Satrapi Audio
Wachtel on the Arts "Persepolis" with filmmaker Marjane Satrapi Sep 20, 2011 | 53:58Eleanor Wachtel talks to the acclaimed Iranian graphic artist and filmmaker, Marjane Satrapi. Her memoir and movie, "Persepolis" was hailed as "the most original coming-of-age story from the Middle East." Satrapi's unique vision of Iran draws on her own experience and on her colourful family history.
Jul 20, 2011 | 52:27Wachtel on the Arts Theatre Actor Christopher Plummer (January 2011 Encore) Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Theatre Actor Christopher Plummer (January 2011 Encore) Jul 20, 2011 | 52:27Christopher Plummer was born in 1929. His parents divorced before he was even a year old. He was brought up by his mother and aunts at the family home just outside Montreal.
But Plummer chafed at his genteel, almost Edwardian upbringing. As he puts it, "the gutters soon beckoned". By the time he was a teenager, Plummer was already acting and enjoying the Montreal nightlife. Admittedly, all with his mother's consent.
While many people associate Christopher Plummer with Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music, there's so much more to Plummer.
Jul 13, 2011 | 52:28Wachtel on the Arts Artist Julian Schnabel (November 2010 Encore) Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Artist Julian Schnabel (November 2010 Encore) Jul 13, 2011 | 52:28Eleanor Wachtel talks with American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel: He rose to the top of the international art world in the 1980s.
Now he's equally known for his movies, such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and his new film, Miral.
Julian took part in Hirshhorn Dialogues program, an ongoing series of Twitter-based Q&A sessions.
Jul 6, 2011 | 52:26Wachtel on the Arts Playwright Robert Lepage (September 2010 Encore) Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Playwright Robert Lepage (September 2010 Encore) Jul 6, 2011 | 52:26Eleanor Wachtel talks to one of Canada's most versatile and accomplished men of the theatre, Robert Lepage. As artistic director of the multidisciplinary Ex Machina production company, Lepage is celebrated all over the world. This fall his production of Wagner's Ring Cycle opens in New York.
Jun 29, 2011 | 52:27Wachtel on the Arts Film Director Werner Herzog Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Film Director Werner Herzog Jun 29, 2011 | 52:27Eleanor Wachtel speaks with one of the masters of cinema, Werner Herzog. Herzog's work ranges from the German New Wave of the late 60s to Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man, to his latest movie, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the making of Fitcarraldo by Werner Herzog is published by HarperCollins. Most of his films are available on DVD.
Jun 21, 2011 | 54:00Wachtel on the Arts Artist John Baldessari Audio
Wachtel on the Arts Artist John Baldessari Jun 21, 2011 | 54:00Eleanor Wachtel, the host of Writers & Company, talks with the American artist John Baldessari. From photo-collages to movie stills with faces painted over to paintings of isolated body parts to paintings with no images at all, Baldessari challenges us to think about where we look, what we see and what it means.