ballet

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

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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 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Curse is Broken in Sleeping Beauty

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 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Interview: Matthew Bourne on Storytelling in Ballet

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 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Aurora’s 100-Year Slumber in Sleeping Beauty

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’s Sleeping Beauty

Rose Adagio Duet from Sleeping Beauty

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).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Casting a Curse

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 […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Fairies Dance for Aurora

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).

Video Short: Great Performances: A New Way to Film the Arts

Created in 1972, Great Performances showcased the best in arts and culture. Director Don Mischer worked on dance shows featuring greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Mischer’s approach differed from how dance had been televised in the past. “The way that dance was shot on television was straight-in, theatrically, and […]

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.

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. The acclaimed production of […]