New videos look into the worlds of EIF artists

Edinburgh International Festival has launched a new collection of commissioned video portraits to offer audiences a glimpse inside the world of some of the festival's star names.


In all, five artists have been involved in the creation of the videos, which explore their experiences of creating art and performing it for an audience. They include violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; actor and director Simon McBurney; actor Juliette Binoche; actor, writer and director Robert Lepage; and Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Binoche, who will be performing in Antigone at this August's Festival, uses her video to passionately describe the importance of actors fusing body and mind when performing on stage. Her video portrait can be viewed here.

Other portraits include:

  • Simon McBurney (The Encounter, EIF 2015) considering the intensity of live theatre and the co-dependent relationship between audience and performer 
  • Nicola Benedetti (performing Glazunov with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, EIF 2015) giving a personal look at her own performance style, and the vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies of a musician on stage 
  • Robert Lepage (887, EIF 2015) championing the cultural benefits of the theatrical experience and the role he plays in delivering it 
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter (The Four Seasons, EIF 2015) discussing the life-affirming importance of music as a way of bringing people together, and the influence it has had throughout her life

The five videos are intended to offer audiences further insight into the talent and processes of some of the Festival's great artists.

Festival Director Fergus Linehan said:

The role that artists and their creative talent plays is absolutely essential to what the Festival is, and we wanted to capture on film some of this year’s artists and find out why they’re so incredibly passionate about what they do.
These videos give a rare glimpse inside the minds of five world-renowned artists, and I think will give Festival audiences a unique understanding of what they are thinking and feeling when performing for them this August.

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