Stephen and David Page discuss Aboriginality and stereotyping in contemporary dance.
Living Black meets the people responsible for Warumuk, the Bangarra Dance Theatre's collaboration with the Australian Ballet.
Gustavo Dudamel puts an intimate flourish on Verdi's Requiem, the Los Angeles Times writes about Dudamel's performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. "A page was turned and a new chapter begun in the maturation of a music director." Dudamel is joined by a cast of high-class singers: Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, who regularly performs at La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, London's Royal Opera or the Salzburg Festival, the upcoming star tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who regularly guests at La Scala, Covent Garden, and the MET, Michelle DeYoung, who performs with leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Julianna Di Giacomo, who regularly guests at the MET, the LA Opera and other international opera houses.
The life and work of one of the most important global pop singers of the past 50 years. Though she began his career in the girl group Destiny's Child, her unique talent catapulted to fame as a solo artist after.
This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music's dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography performed by the Royal Ballet. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was the pinnacle of Ashton's romantic style. The second half of the program features Ashton's delicate, deceptively comic rendering of Louis Merante and Andre Messager's The Two Pigeons - a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere.
The mysterious, unwavering chant of the English horn, punctuated by notes from the bassoon and the clarinet follows its chromatic descent over 20 bars as if plunging into an unknown world - a world where Iolanta has lived in seclusion since her birth. She is unwittingly blind, since no one has the right to reveal the fact to her. This simple tale of collective denial at the court of Provence, as narrated by the Danish writer Henrik Hertz in his play King Rene's Daughter, was discovered by Tchaikovsky in 1883. However, moved beyond words by the presence of the young actress Elena Konstantinova Leshkovskaya in the title role, it would be another five years before the composer decided to transform it into an opera. The composer found inspiration for his opera in Danish playwright Henrik Hertz's work recounting the romantic story of Iolanta, the blind daughter of King Rene.
Based on Miguel de Cervantes' mock-chivalric romance about a crazy old man who believes himself to be a heroic knight-errant, and offering a flamboyant fiesta of vibrant Spanish colour and classical Russian dance, Don Quixote was originally created by the master choreographer Marius Petipa, together with the composer Ludwig Minkus, for the Imperial Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1869. Almost a century later, in 1966, five years after fleeing to the West, the legendary Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev created a new version for the Wiener Staatsballett.
The Nutcracker Story pays homage to one of the world's favourite fairytales - the Nutcracker. It tells the story behind this famous tale and looks at what makes Tchaikovsky's enduring ballet so popular with children and ballet companies the world over.
This program delivers stirring and show-stopping performances in true Celtic Thunder tradition. Heritage sees Celtic Thunder return to their distinct Irish roots with this inspired collection of songs.
Filmed over two years, follow the meteoric rise of this all-male dance company. The film explores what it takes to turn eight individuals into one formidable company and follows the process from first auditions, through boot-camp training and creating work, right up to their performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty performed here by the l'Opera national de Paris. Tchaikovsky's score performed by Paris Opera Ballet Orchestra, directed by Karoui. Aurora: Eleonora Abbagnato. Prince: Mathieu Ganio. Florine: Myriam Ould-Braham.
BalletBoyz, winners of the 2013 National Dance Award for Best Independent Company, is a 10-strong, all-male, world-class, modern dance troupe currently touring sell-out shows throughout the UK and internationally.
Fifty-five years after its premiere, the Stuttgart Ballet revisits John Cranko's legendary Romeo and Juliet the very choreography which laid the foundations for the "Stuttgart ballet miracle", the company's meteoric rise to fame. In this anniversary performance of the stunning, timeless production, experienced Cranko-performers and highly talented young dancers share the stage to tell the most famous love story of all time.
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic accent the colors, rhythms, and passion of music by leading composers from Argentina in this invigorating evening at the Hollywood Bowl: Astor Piazzolla, the master of Nuevo Tango, who's four tangos feature on stage the dance company Tango Buenos Aires, known worldwide as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango, Alberto Ginastera, one of the most important 20th-century classical composers of the Americas and Piazzolla's first teacher, and Lalo Schifrin, who, beside his concert music, is the composer of the famous scores of Mission: Impossible and Dirty Harry. His Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, a world premiere recording, is composed for Angel Romero, an iconic master of the classical guitar.
The highly acclaimed Flying Fruit Circus perform a brand new show set amongst a 1940s rural junkyard. Transforming trash into treasure, come on a journey back to a time when he neighbourhood street was a playground for make believe. Performed by an extraordinary cast of young artists aged 10 to 18.
Intimate and thrilling film that follows the world's most sought-after ballet choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, as he becomes the first Englishman to be invited to create a new work for the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
Fifty-five years after its premiere, the Stuttgart Ballet revisits John Cranko's legendary Romeo and Juliet the very choreography which laid the foundations for the 'Stuttgart Ballet Miracle', the company's meteoric rise to fame. In this anniversary performance of the stunning, timeless production set to Sergei Prokofiev's score, experienced Cranko-performers and highly talented young dancers share the stage to tell the most famous love story of all time: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
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