ISMENE BROWN

Background     

I am an arts journalist of news background

and musical training. I was the Daily Telegraph's

dance critic for 15 years (1993-2008), The

Spectator’s dance critic for two years (2014-16),

and the designer, launcher and co-founder of the award-winning critics’ site  The Arts Desk (launched 2009, named Best Specialist Journalism Site in the 2012 Online Media Awards).

     I have been a national newspaper subeditor, a regional newspaper editor, a local politics news reporter, a BBC & commercial radio news presenter and a classical music presenter on radio.

     I trained as a pianist, singer and violist at the Royal College of Music, London (ARCM) and gained an MA in Russian Studies at University College, London (SSEES) in 2014.

    I am now at the University of Oxford doing PhD research into Soviet cultural history of the 1950s-70s, with two books in view.


This site  

holds a selection of my dance & arts journalism published in The Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph from 1992, The Arts Desk from 2009, The Spectator 2014-16, and other publications. I put other stuff on my BLOG including translations of interesting Russian press about ballet and culture topics such as the Bolshoi. If you want to republish or extract anything kindly email me. If you use any of my work for your own work, kindly credit me with a link to ismeneb.com.


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I've interviewed

Carlos Acosta

Alicia Alonso

Altynai Asylmuratova

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Yuri Bashmet

Pina Bausch

Maurice Béjart

Matthew Bourne

Buster Brown

Trisha Brown

Jonathan Burrows

Darcey Bussell

Michael Clark

Alina Cojocaru

Merce Cunningham

Lucas Debargue

Anthony Dowell

Mats Ek

Suzanne Farrell

Michael Flatley

William Forsythe

Javier de Frutos

Antonio Gades

Valery Gergiev

Angela Gheorghiu

Sylvie Guillem

Evelyn Hart

Zizi Jeanmaire

Akram Khan

Johan Kobborg

Alfredo Kraus

Uliyana Lopatkina

Wayne McGregor

Russell Maliphant

Alicia Markova

Peter Martins

Mark Morris

Irek Mukhamedov

Rudolf Nureyev

Natalia Osipova

Roland Petit

Maya Plisetskaya

Yvonne Rainer

Alexei Ratmansky

Tamara Rojo

Mstislav Rostropovich

Lynn Seymour

Twyla Tharp

Ninette de Valois

Vladimir Vasiliev

Christopher Wheeldon

Igor Zelensky