documentary

Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

Full Episode

An American favorite for his award-winning role in the hit TV series House, the versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric personal odyssey filmed on location in New Orleans. Let Them Talk is Laurie’s personal journey into the heart and soul of the mixture of blues and jazz that grew […]

Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

Full Episode

This comprehensive performance documentary, the first profile of the tenor in a decade, features the celebrated tenor – and general director of both the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera – as he looks back and reflects with heartfelt candor on his choicest roles from opera houses around the world – Simon Boccanegra […]

Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

About the Performance Documentary

The great Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo looks back on his illustrious career – one which has been bountifully preserved on film and video – in Plácido Domingo: My Favorite Roles, a presentation of THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, airing Friday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This comprehensive performance documentary, the first profile […]

La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing Paquita

Watch multiple rehearsals including the male corps de ballet, dancer Mathilde Froustey from corps de ballet, 4 female dancers, and dancers Melanie Hurel and Muriel Zusperreguy all rehearsing Paquita choreographed by Pierre Lacotte (from Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa).

La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Excerpt from the Film: Rehearsing with Wayne McGregor

In this clip from La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, watch a rehearsal of Genus by Wayne McGregor. Choreographer Wayne McGregor and an assistant ballet master watch dancers Marie-Agnes Gillot and Benjamin Pech, with McGregor giving his notes on their performance.

La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Excerpt from the Film: A Meeting of Creative Minds

In an excerpt from La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, witness a meeting between Director of Dance, Brigitte Lefevre, and choreographer Emanuel Gat. Lefevre explains the process of creating new work with the Paris Opera Ballet and offers examples of how they handled casting for a piece by Mats Ek.

La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Preview the Film

Frederick Wiseman’s performance-documentary, La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, provides an inside look at the French ballet company known for perfection and precision, The Paris Opera Ballet. The film airs for GREAT PERFORMANCES June 16, 2010 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

Hamlet

The Making of Hamlet

Join GREAT PERFORMANCES to go behind the scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s exciting new production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and director Gregory Doran discuss the creative process of transferring the production from the original RSC stage production to the on-location television film adaptation.

Preview of Karajan, Or Beauty as I See It

As music director of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years, Herbert von Karajan remains one of the most discussed, analyzed and written-about conductors of all time. He was called the ‘General Music Director of Europe,’ leading orchestras and opera houses in Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan and Paris to become one of the most respected, yet […]