Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic Rusalka, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera Friday, May 30, 2014, at 9 p.m.) The story of the opera, which […]
Sleeping Beauty is the latest re-imagining of a ballet classic by choreographer Matthew Bourne. The award-winning production aired on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, after a triumphant premiere in London in 2012 and a U.S. tour in the fall of 2013. (Check local listings). With Sleeping Beauty the British choreographer has returned […]
Leo’s kiss of true love breaks the curse that has held Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) under its spell. After 100 years of sleep, Aurora discovers Leo (Dominic North) has been transformed in order to have eternal life and reunite with her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April […]
Dance history and storytelling is important to choreographer Matthew Bourne, creator of a Swan Lake with an all-male corps of Swans, and an Edward Scissorhands ballet, among other innovative productions. Known for his bold re-interpretations of classic ballets like Sleeping Beauty, he is conscious of the original versions and even “reverential about them,” he says […]
British choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that drips with candle wax and vampire blood and opens its eyes to modern times. Learn more about his bold re-imagining of the Tchaikovsky ballet and enjoy this photo gallery that captures the drama of the production, premiering Friday, April 25 at 9 pm […]
Princess Aurora’s 100-year slumber becomes restless as it nears the end of its spell. The ensemble sequence features Hannah Vassallo as Aurora and Dominic North as the modern-day Leo, who has waited for the curse to end for 100 years. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 […]
Matthew Bourne choreographs Tchaikovsky’s Rose Adagio as a playful, romantic duet between Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) and the gardener Leo (Dominic North). Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).
The dark fairy Carabosse (Adam Maskell) enters the room of baby Aurora to cast a curse upon her. Aurora’s parents, a king and queen, had desperately wanted a child and had sought Carabosse’s help. But after Aurora’s arrival, her father never showed his gratitude to Carabosse. For this, the dark fairy takes her revenge, leaving […]
The year is 1890. By the light of the full moon and candlesticks, six good fairies slip into the sleeping baby Aurora’s room. The baby awakes unfrightened and the fairies dance for her. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).
Fifty years after the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles hit the American shores, Great Performances presents a look at the British Invasion in The Dave Clark Five and Beyond—Glad All Over, a two-hour special airing Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8-10 p.m. ET and on Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. – midnight on PBS (check local […]