choreography

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

 

Examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

 

NATURE
Legendary White Stallions

 

This is the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, from their origins in ancient times to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The program focuses on the bond that develops between horse and rider, beginning at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Here the perfect harmony between horse and rider, as well as the beauty and power of the magnificent white stallions, is celebrated in their impressive performance.

 

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
The Final Countdown

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

The Final Countdown
Meet the miracle that is you. See how your time in the womb, as your senses mature, has determined your destiny on the outside. Survey the latest epigenetic research that shows how the womb environment leaves its mark, even altering your DNA.

 

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
One of a Kind

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

One of a Kind
Learn how you became the unique individual you are. No two people – even “identical” twins – are identical. Through riveting examples, explore how your face was shaped, why you’re likely to be right-handed, even how your sexuality formed.

 

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
The First 8 Weeks

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU: The First 8 Weeks

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

The First 8 Weeks
Discover the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb. Chart the metamorphosis from the lizard-like, mouse-like and monkey-like forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human.

 

Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show

Great Broadway Musical Moments from the Ed Sullivan Show

 

From the late 1940s through the early 1970s, The Ed Sullivan Show, based in the heart of New York’s theatre district, presented live special performances by cast members from the most beloved stage musicals of Broadway’s golden age. Not seen for decades since their original broadcasts, these rare selections include performances by legends Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman, Joel Grey, Gwen Verdon, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Burton and others in songs from classics such as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity and Camelot. The special is hosted by Shirley Jones.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Billy Elliot: The Musical Live

 

Based on the popular 2000 film, Billy Elliot: The Musical took London’s West End and Broadway by storm, winning the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Featuring a rousing score by Elton John, the story takes place during North East England’s contentious mining strike of 1984 and tells the inspirational story of a young boy’s journey from the boxing ring to the ballet barre, transforming his family and his community.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

 

In over 30 years as a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb has pushed the boundaries of her art, and pioneered a movement form called “POPACTION,” which is couched in the exploration of human potential – both physical and emotional. Her work openly questions why dance can’t be explosive, action oriented and extreme, yet just as captivating as ballet. Over the years she has worked to create a unique performance company that melds the physical with the sublime, and her troupe’s fearless performances in both public and private spaces challenge the notion of what the body can do. Streb’s dancers become part acrobat, part gymnast and part extreme thrill seeker as they walk on walls, dive through glass and move so fast they seem to disappear and fly.

 

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE
Part 1 of 3

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE Part 1 of 3

 

This three-part series, hosted by former U.S dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.

 

Part 1 of 3
In the first hour, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances. Then each couple performs a “Showdance” solo.

 

A Perfect Balance


When the curtain rises on a ballet performance, audience members may marvel at the artistry and skill of the choreography, but often overlook the dedicated dancers responsible for bringing the work to life. This program goes backstage for a revealing look inside the world of ballet. Through interviews, some of the world’s greatest dancers describe the commitment and discipline required for a life in professional ballet. Their stories provide a rarely seen glimpse into the lives of some of today’s most gifted and accomplished dancers and shed light on the creative process. The film captures principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet rehearsing and performing their signature works in a wide array of styles – classical pas de deux, contemporary, high-energy, lyrical and romantic.