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The Strand - Tuesday 17th November 2009.

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

Lady Gaga
At a celebrity-packed anniversary-gala for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, chart topping pop star Lady Gaga performs with dancers from Moscow's esteemed Bolshoi Ballet.

Art and Audio
The BBC has commissioned two artists to create two films to accompany audio clips from the World Service. How do you create art in response to sound?

Berlin
Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rosie Goldsmith reports on the angst on both sides of Berlin about how their city is being rebuilt.

Mao's Last Dancer
Adapted for the big screen from the inspirational best-selling autobiography by Li Cunxin, a ballet dancer who grew up in poverty in rural China, trained at the Beijing Dance School but then defected to the west. The film's been a big success in Australia with much praise going to the real dancers who play Li Cunxin - we get a review from Amanda Smith, arts presenter from National Radio in Australia and a former ballet dancer.

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28 minutes

Chapters

  • Lady Gaga.

    The queen of pop Lady Gaga joins forces with the Bolshoi Ballet.

    Duration: 06:30

  • Art and Audio.

    How to create images for a sound-track; the city of Berlin.

    Duration: 04:30

  • Berlin Architecture.

    Are today's architects dividing it as much as the wall ever did?

    Duration: 09:45

  • Mao.

    The ballet dancer who fled Mao's China for Australia.

    Duration: 06:23

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