A new production from the Ballets de Monte Carlo. Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot continues his quest to update classical ballet for a modern, younger audience whilst retaining the finesse and qualities of his predecessors. A young cast is led by "danseuse etoile" Bernice Coppieters and they dance to the Cleveland Orchestra.
Richard Wagner sought the ideal woman throughout his life, according to this documentary. As a 22-year-old music director, he married Minna Planer, a successful soprano, but later became infatuated with Mathilde Wesendonck.
Presented by Andrew Denton, The Music In Me, is a heart-felt tribute to the human spirit. This award-winning documentary tells the inspiring story of a unique troupe of intellectually and physically disabled performers - the Merry Makers - as they prepare for the performance of a lifetime at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Elektra is in despair. Her father Agamemnon has been murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegistheus. Elektra swears revenge. Failing to enlist the help of her timid sister, Chrysothemis, she determines to kill Aegistheus herself. Before she can carry out her plan, however, her brother Orestes, whom she believes dead, returns and determines upon revenge himself. He kills Klytemnestra and Aegistheus. Elektra drops down dead after an ecstatic dance of triumph.
Colin Darcy, an Aboriginal man, grew up in Whyalla in country SA. He has had his fair share of knocks, but now Colin, 24, is making a new start in life as he and his two best mates form a hip-hop group called Shadows.
Irish singing group, Celtic Thunder, provide an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the traditional 'Mountains of Mourne' and 'Come By the Hills' to international hits such as 'Brothers in Arms' and 'Desperado'. The ensemble numbers in Celtic Thunder reflect the power of the vocalists, who range in age from 14 to 40, and feature songs that celebrate a common Celtic heritage.
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli in Verona's Roman amphitheatre, this lavish television production of Bizet's classic opera features one of the new stars of opera, Russian-born Marina Domashenko.
If ever there was a love story to break your heart, Puccini's opera La boheme is it. La boheme ranks with Madama Butterfly as the most frequently performed opera today. In spite of its popularity it is, in its own way, revolutionary, taking the spotlight off the kings, queens, warriors and heroes of 19th century opera to focus on more realistic subjects.
Claudio Monteverdi's Opera, written in 1607. This version of the first Opera, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt features the Monteverdi Ensemble. The cast: Philippe Huttenlocher, Dietlinde Turban, Trudeliese Schmidt, Francisco Araiza and Christian Boesch.
The story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip-hop, rhythm 'n' blues and rock 'n' roll.
Danced by the State Ballet Berlin, performed by the State Orchestra Berlin. Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti. Developed in collaboration with the Staatsballet, Berlin.
Featuring dancers from the Sydney Dance Company, this film is set inside a house rocking back and forth on a cliff above an endless ocean, where a woman dreams of imaginary beings who live on the rocks below.
The ballet Sylvia, composed by Leo Delibes in 1876, tells the story of Sylvia, an Amazon beauty, Aminta, a handsome shepherd, and the god Eros. Sir Frederick Ashton's choreography was written for Margot Fonteyn, and it places strong emphasis on the role of Sylvia. Darcey Bussell, who returned to the stage in this Royal Ballet production 18 months after giving birth, is famous English ballerina. Roberto Bolle from Italy plays Aminta. At the end of Acts I and II, Bussell takes the viewer backstage.
Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul electric guitars have been heard on more popular recordings than any other instruments during the rock era. This is the story of their design, sounds, and the battle between them.
From Doctor Who to The Dark Side of the Moon to modern day dance music, the pioneering members of the Electronic Music Studios radically changed the sound-scape of the 20th century. What The Future Sounded Like tells the fascinating story of British electronic music.
In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified and Hanoi faced the threat of massive US bombing, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a small village in the countryside. With the help of villagers, they built an entire campus underground, creating a maze of hidden tunnels, connecting an auditorium and classrooms. Here, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years.
On tonight's final episode of Spectacle, Elvis continues his in-depth conversation and performs with legendary singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen.
On tonight's episode of Spectacle, Elvis sits down with Bruce Springsteen in a special two-part episode. The Boss opens up about his pre-E Street Band bands, his early and current inspirations and the resurgence of New Jersey. E-Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan sit in for a couple of songs.
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