In this filmmaker interview, Ric Burns describes what camera techniques he used to capture the ephemeral nature of dance on film, as well as how he came to discover ballet through the process of filmmaking. Watch his documentary American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History.
Watch the dancers of America Ballet Theatre in these six stunning GIFs showing off their expert technique and the company’s repertory from the past 75 years. Misty Copeland in Sleeping Beauty Misty Copeland, soloist, performs an arabesque from Sleeping Beauty, staged by American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Fancy […]
Gillian Murphy, a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, shares a diary entry from her jam-packed rehearsal day. After company class, she rehearsed dances for 6.5 hours to prepare for American Ballet Theatre’s 75th anniversary season. The journal also records the dancer’s meals and to-do list. Murphy appears in American Ballet Theatre: A History, streaming […]
American Ballet Theatre: 75th Anniversary is a soft-cover book of photographs of the ballet company’s dancers, past and present, and articles written on the occasion of the company’s 75th anniversary. A limited number are available for sale through shopPBS.
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT is the only major cultural institution that annually tours the United States. Over its […]
Sixteen-year-old Jascha Heifetz’s American debut, Carnegie Hall, October 27, 1917 Book excerpt courtesy of Indiana University Press. All rights reserved. On the day of Jascha’s American concert debut, people filed into the building until they were turned away: “The audience that witnessed the debut at Carnegie Hall Saturday afternoon was not only very large,” wrote […]
Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen (American Masters — Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge) uncovers the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso, for American Masters. Rosen cites three key assets that helped him decide to make […]