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The Space highlights: Holst’s The Planets and more

  • Date: 4 December 2012
  • Area: National
Violin neck with camera attached

Experience Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' as never before on The Space. Credit: B Ealovega/Philharmonia Orchestra

The Space is a free digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC. It aims to transform the way people connect with and experience arts and culture by showcasing innovative digital content from artists, arts and cultural organisations.

Every fortnight we highlight five projects to explore on The Space, ranging from regular features to exciting new commissions.

Top five highlights 

Gustav Holst's The Planets
The Philharmonia Orchestra has created a unique, immersive and interactive online experience allowing audiences to listen to Holst's full seven-movement orchestral masterpiece as never before. You can listen to the intricate layers of each movement and step inside various sections of the Philharmonia via a performance recorded and segmented through 39 camera feeds. You can also listen to commentary from conductor Esa-Pekka Salonena and the Philharmonia players, as well as a new companion piece Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity by former 'Young Composer of the Year', JobyTalbot.

Artes Mundi winner Teresa Margolles
Find out more about the work of Mexican artist Teresa Margolles, who was recently awarded the 2012 Artes Mundi prize which recognises socially aware art from across the globe. This short film on The Space examines Margolles' exploration of violence around organized drug-related crime in Northern Mexico and its impact on collective experience. You can also catch Margolles' work at the current Artes Mundi exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff, running until 13 January 2013.

Push Me Collection - Total Permission 
Watch conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, interview 12 talented artists who have challenged perceptions of disability through extraordinary art. Total Permission was filmed backstage at Unlimited Festival earlier this year, a major Cultural Olympiad event which showcased new work by deaf and disabled artists. The documentary is part of The Space's Push Me Collection.

Nora: A Doll's House Revisited
Watch a new short film by Nick Payne and Carrie Cracknell which reimagines Nora, from Ibsen's A Doll's House, in the modern-day. Award-winning actress Hattie Moran, who starred as Nora in the Young Vic's recent production of A Doll's House, revisits the role.

New Music 20x12
Explore 20 new pieces of music from today's preeminent composers in contemporary classical, folk and jazz, inspired by the Olympics and commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Recently added to the collection is HandsFree by Anna Meredith, which experiments with the percussive sounds of body movement, written for and performed by the young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra.

Further information

You can access The Space now at or by viewing on connected TV or The Space channel (Freeview HD channel 232).

The Space is available to explore until 31 March 2013.

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