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.
As The Australian Ballet approaches the 50th anniversary of its first performance, Artscape looks back at its origins and goes behind the scenes during the company's latest take on the classical ballet, Swan Lake.
In Nunavut, Canada, Social Worker and long-time B-boy Stephen Leafloor brings his positive hip-hop workshops to encourage kids to blend the richness of their traditional and modern cultures.
Every two years thousands of people are drawn to far north Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing. This episode features the Yimbaala Dance Group from Hopevale and the Lockhart River Dancers.
The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells discusses the inspiration for his band's work, revealing how a number of their most popular tracks were written.
Joy Division and New Order founder Bernard Sumner discusses the inspiration for a number of his songs, and performs a short set.
Two girls, rivals to have their name in lights, also compete for the same man.
A toe-tapping compilation of the best song-and-dance routines from the Hollywood greats, hosted by Gene Kelly and other top names from the dance world.
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.
Every year China organises a nationwide contest in which foreign performers show their Chinese talent. The documentary follows a group of foreign performers, singers, dancers, musical instrument players, who participated in the 2003 contest.
Chunky Move has been a giant on the Australian contemporary dance landscape since 1995. This film tracks the 16-year history of this seminal Melbourne-based dance company through the eyes of its founder, and outgoing Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. The program follows Obarzanek and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of two major new works, Connected and Faker.
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.
Ian McCulloch, singer-songwriter of Echo and the Bunnymen fame, explains the inspiration for songs such as The Killing Moon, before performing them in the studio.
Every two years thousands of people are drawn to far north Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing. This episode features Mayi Wunba Dancers from Kuranda and from Coen the Allkumo Malkati Dance Team.
Recovering from the death of his wife, Phillip Rose finds himself in middle age as a single parent. After a clumsy episode on a dance floor at a house party, he begins dance classes with a young teacher.
Striking a chord with audiences throughout Sydney Festival 2012, this bold production from choreographer Kate Champion and Sydney Theatre Company uses real stories in an expose of contemporary family life in Australia.
This week Parkinson meets acclaimed ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. Acosta was born in communist Cuba as the 11th child of a truck driver. His family grew up in poverty and as a child he frequently played truant and grew up playing football in the streets, dodging trouble and the law. Seemingly destined for a life of delinquency, Acosta turned his life around; winning the Prix de Lausanne aged 16 and becoming the principal dancer at the Royal Ballet aged 25.
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