Dance

Watch the world’s greatest companies and performers dance classic ballets and modern choreography.

New York City Ballet in Paris

During the summer of 2016, New York City Ballet made a triumphant return to Paris for a three-week season at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. The engagement’s closing night performance, featuring four ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine to the music of French composers, will now air as a special broadcast on consecutive Fridays.

Premiered February 17, 2017 | Video expires March 17, 2017

New York City Ballet Symphony in C

During the summer of 2016, New York City Ballet made a triumphant return to Paris for a three-week season at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. The engagement’s closing night performance, featuring four ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine to the music of French composers, will now air as a special broadcast on consecutive Fridays.

Premiered February 24, 2017 | Video expires March 24, 2017

Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Mark Morris’s signature work comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris garnered international fame for this piece, set to George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with poetry by Milton. This performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.

Premiered March 27, 2015 | Video expires March 26, 2018

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet, about a young woman who endures a decades-long slumber, is given a Gothic spin by choreographer Matthew Bourne, with fairies, vampires and decadent opulence.

Premiered April 25, 2014 | Video expires April 25, 2018

40th Anniversary Celebration

Great Performances has provided viewers an unparalleled showcase of the best of the performing arts. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.

Premiered October 18, 2013
Full episode not available at this time

Dancing At Jacob’’s Pillow: Never Stand Still

Directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Ron Honsa, the documentary reveals the passion, discipline, and daring of those who choose a life in dance. Performances filmed live at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, interviews with extraordinary artists, rare archival footage, and behind the scenes insights bring dance to life

Premiered July 26, 2013
Full episode not available at this time

Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris

The choreographer’s dances “Brandenburgs” and “Beloved Renegade” are set to the music of Bach and Poulenc respectively in performances which garnered raves in the City of Light. Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance.

Premiered May 3, 2013
Full episode not available at this time

The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet

John Neumeier — director and chief choreographer for Hamburg Ballet — blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle into a unique interpretation of a 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.

Full episode not available at this time

Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp

See the company’s critically acclaimed performances of Balanchine’s “Square Dance” (music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli) and “Western Symphony” (music by Hershy Kay) and Tharp’s “The Golden Section” (music composed and performed by David Byrne). Miami City Ballet – under the leadership of Artistic Director Edward Villella, celebrated its 25th anniversary season in 2010-11.

Premiered October 28, 2011
Full episode not available at this time