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Only true legends of rock music are known by one word; and the most creative and influential rock artist of all time is simply know as BOWIE. His influence on popular culture was that he changed the world of music, fashion and artistic integrity. Whereas other artists remained constant in appearance, or gradually evolved their musical style, Bowie was in a state of permanent revolution: constantly re-inventing his persona and sound.
Explore the extraordinary industrial and economic rise of the United States in the 19th century, a phenomenon celebrated in the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, one of the most spectacular world's fairs ever held. Witness the historic participation of Antonin Dvorak, and uncover the impact on American music of Dvorak's residency in the U.S., which produced his symphony entitled From the New World, and pointed toward the creation of a uniquely American musical tradition.
Regarded as the ultimate stadium rock band, Queen dominated the charts across the world in the 70s and 80s. This documentary looks to the influences cast on the early days of the band and their formidable front man Freddie Mercury, how they continually pushed the musical envelope with each album throughout their career and left a legacy of outstanding songs and videos that shaped popular culture.
Discovering Lennon shines a light on the bold and beautiful ideas of John Lennon, the artist. The avant-garde rock and roller is placed into today's context by his contemporaries and current pop culture and political commentators. Featuring Mark Ronson The Pretty Reckless
Going to see Nutcracker with the whole family has been a tradition in other countries for many years. Now it is a tradition in the Netherlands as well. It became apparent that the Netherlands had also adopted this tradition in 1996, when the Dutch National Ballet presented its own version of the famous fairytale ballet. It is a magical production that has won the hearts of more than 250,000 people to date.
Choreographers Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling created a Nutcracker for the children and adults of today. It is more dynamic and exciting, and less sweet than usual. They also chose to give a Dutch twist to their interpretation of the story, with skaters on the canals and a living room that transforms into a snowy forest. Unlike the original story, the production by Eagling and Van Schayk (who also designed the delightful sets and costumes) does not take place on Christmas Eve in a German town, but during St. Nicholas celebrations in Amsterdam, around 1810.
Near the end of his life, the renowned English composer Elgar composed some of the greatest music of his career. This film examines the idea that Elgar's deeply emotional Cello Concerto in Em was provoked by memories of his first great love, Helen Weaver, who emigrated to New Zealand after their relationship ended. After receiving word that Weaver's son had been killed fighting in France, Elgar was moved to write a war requiem. The film mixes interviews, dramatisations, and a performance of the concerto by cellist Lynn Harrell and the NZSO.
Angelica Liddell's dramaturgy is considered one of the most avant-garde in contemporary European theater. As Liddell starts working on her new play, director Manuel Fernandez-Valdes decides to capture her rehearsal process on camera.
Flamenco is passed on within the family of Carmen Amaya, the greatest flamenco dancer in Spain. Her niece and grandniece pick up her trail in Barcelona, joining a show with the city's biggest talent. Together they discover the spirit of Bajari, the name the Gypsies give to the city of Barcelona.
Nominated for Best Documentary at the Gaudi Awards.
French opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier and soprano Natalie Dessay work side by side to craft Verdi's heroine, Violetta. Other collaborators include the London Symphony Orchestra musicians, Estonian Philharmonic Choir singers, performers, lighting technicians and set designers. A unique opportunity to see the inner workings of true artists and be part of a beautifully paced symphony of creative minds.
Chronicling his story and that of his wife and muse, prima ballerina Ghislaine Thesmar, A Life for Ballet pulls together rarely seen archival footage, personal testimonies and peak performances celebrating the lives of these revered artists and many of their famed contemporaries. Rudolf Nureyev, Agnes Letestu, Michael Denard, Evgenia Obraztsova and Svetlana Zakharova all feature. It's a personal journey, full of rich observations and delightful anecdotes and yet foremost a lovely valentine to ballet and two of its greatest most passionate and dedicated advocates.
This documentary surveys the revolutionary new developments in American puppet theater, profiling many of puppetry’s most imaginative contemporary artists, including Basil Twist, who uses bits of fabric, feathers, plastic and other materials in a 1,000-gallon tank of water to create a visually stunning underwater...
Always the epitome of style, Audrey Hepburn fittingly started out as a model before being spotted by a movie producer. Her first major film, Roman Holiday, won her an Academy Award for Best Actress and catapulted her to stardom. Further performances in Funny Face and Sabrina Fair confirmed her status as one of the most adored actresses around. But it was when she donned a Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's that Audrey Hepburn became an enduring style icon, her name synonymous with playful decadence and grace.