The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet
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John Neumeier — director and chief choreographer for Hamburg Ballet — blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle into a unique interpretation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. With choreography, sets, costumes, and lighting, all by Neumeier, this ballet—as much theater as it is dance—takes the dancers into deep emotional terrain.

Watch the acclaimed production of The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet here on the Great Performances Web site.

  • Albert

    Thank God you have this on the online site. Our local PBS stations (WGTV and WPBA) didn’t have the foresight or the vision to telecast it. Artistic programming has gone out the window on Georgia Public TV. They didn’t telecast the Lincoln Center “Nutcracker” either. Instead, they are filling the airwaves with those stupid self-help programs from Suze Orman, Wayne Dyer, and other self-help gurus . The onlt “Great Performances” we are getting on local TV are that Andrea Bocelli special and endless reruns of “Celtic Woman”.


    Thank you for this exceptional broadcast. I missed the first half, and was very excited to be able to watch online.

  • Tsetso

    Disgustin! That is not what I expected after beautifull Nutcracker. Neumeier – go home! I have seen your works on Mezzo TV. Sucks!

  • Dalia

    Thank you for producing and airing this amazing work. It is an incredible experience to watch this ballet at home on my own TV; for the first time I love our huge flat screen as much as my husband does! Watching this ballet in the theater was one of the most profound experiences I have had as an audience member, and this production lets me re-experience what was for me a moving and transformative night. I love the editing of this film, and appreciate seeing the corps in detail. My seats in the Opera House were great, (row M) but nothing beats high def close-ups! I love to be able to see the women mermaids in the background each discovering their own little mermaid, as I remember discovering a bit of what my own Odette would have been as a member of the Swan corps. Yuan Yuan Tan is as affecting on video as she was live, the other principals are stunning, and I can appreciate the subtleties of the performance of the Sea Witch so much more close up than I could from the audience. I can’t recommend this broadcast in strong enough terms! Please release a blue-ray or HD DVD so I can watch it over and over!

  • Ellen Lederman

    +1 for what Albert said! In Atlanta we have two public TV stations and, as he said, they never show anything like dance, music other than Celtic Woman (not all of us have Celtic backgrounds—some of us enjoy other types of music), and so on. The other day I watched The Kennedy Center Honors on regular network TV and that made me mourn the loss of PBS airing quality performing arts programs. Ridiculous that the Nutcracker wasn’t even aired once!

    Albert, what do you think we can do to help the situation in metro Atlanta?

  • Albert

    I have no idea. I have written angry letters to both Atlanta PBS stations in Atlanta, and in their answers they never really addressed the problem. I also wrote one to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has published many of my letters, but they didn’t publish this one. It’s as if PBS Atlanta were determined to ignore this problem. Last night they were actually showing one of those “8 Steps to Better Health” (or whatever it’s called) programs and fund raising at the same time. Who’s going to donate money to see crap like that?

  • Idunno

    Video does not show a “start” button, only a blank box. Boo!

  • Jenny

    Its really HEART touching. I have watched it 9 times. Thanks!

  • Colleen

    This ballet changed my life!

  • Addie DeVelvis

    I agree with you completely. As a performance artist, the best way to improve (other than rehearsal) is to watch others perform. However, I am also keenly aware of the high cost of tickets these days. Atlanta’s public broadcasting should be offering a wide variety of artistic programming, instead of jamming Sundays with old BBC sitcoms. Why are the best programs shown at the latest hours? The programming is completely unorganized.

  • Rigo Rod

    What a beautiful beautiful work of art. So moving.

  • Kristen

    Thank you for having this whole performance up. For my ballet class we needed to watch a full performance and there aren’t very many options. So I am so glad that I got to watch this and write my paper on it. It was absolutely beautiful and this is the first ballet I have seen! Amazing!

  • Sydne

    Kristen, you should check out It’s like Netflix but for classical music/ballet. There are full concerts, operas and ballets on there. It only costs $10 a month. Totally worth it.

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