According to some estimates, the city of Chongqing in China is the largest in the world. It’s the size of Austria with a population of around 32 million. Why then does the world know so little about this megacity? RTD explores the phenomenon of a rapidly growing metropolis. Discover Chongqing’s three main tourist attractions: its cuisine, magnificent nocturnal skyline, and impressive urban rail system.
These ladies put on bright bouffant skirts and arrange their long hair in neat plaits. Then they go into the ring and beat the hell out of each other! Meet the Bolivian fighting cholitas, the female wrestlers of lucha libre, a free fight that marries a choreographed show with a full-on punching match.
Around 2 million refugees have entered Europe since 2015. One of the countries was the Netherlands. Boasting a liberal culture, Dutch society presented the newcomers with an environment strikingly different from what they were used to. However, despite the challenges, Holland seems to be making the integration work. We travel there to find out how the refugees are adapting to their new realities and who is helping them.
After leaving the Moscow Ballet company to pursue his career in classical ballet, soloist Dmitry Prusakov joins the famous Kremlin Ballet. He now works inside the Kremlin walls, in the very heart of Moscow. This is a dream job for many dancers, but those who get in must prove themselves.
Tensions are running high in the theatre of another "Arabesque" competition contestant, Japanese dancer, Hayato Nisidzima. He and his colleagues at the Moscow Ballet are devoted fans of classical ballet, while their choreographer prefers contemporary dance.
In this episode, we spend more time with two of the "Arabesque" ballet competition contestants. Anna and Ivan are married and both work at the Natalya Sats Children’s Music Theatre, where they’re dance partners. During a rehearsal, Anna breaks her foot, putting the couple’s participation in jeopardy.
"Arabesque" is an international ballet competition held in Russia. A victory here is a significant achievement that can launch an emerging talent's career. In this episode, we meet young hopefuls from Russia and across the world are ready to take on the competition.
The Russian Ballet company’s exhausting tour of Germany has come to an end, but there’s no time to relax. The decision has been made to stage “The Last Tango”, a production that had previously been cancelled due to Anna’s illness. The team takes on this new challenge.
The tour of Germany has a gruelling schedule and it’s beginning to take its toll on the ballet dancers. Dmitry is under the weather and Anna’s desperate for a day off, but they have no time to relax. Next stop is Frankfurt – the first German city to welcome the Russian dancers. Here they’ll encounter a very demanding audience.
According to a World Health Organisation report, a 1/3 of the world’s population lives without access to proper toilets. This causes natural water reserves to become contaminated with human waste, which in turn causes disease. India is just one of many countries in which rural populations suffer acutely as a direct result of poor, or no sanitation.
The Russian Ballet Theatre goes on a tour of Germany. A gruelling schedule leaves them no time for rest or sightseeing. Checking into a different city every day, they need to quickly adapt to new places and stages…some of which prove extraordinary difficult to dance on.
Young Sofia Valiulina is entrusted with a lead role in “The Nutcracker” and now has to prove herself to her teachers. She’s technically capable of performing the role, but can she hold her nerve? Meanwhile, Arutyun decides not to wait for his injured foot to heal completely before making a return to the stage.
In the second episode, we get to meet some of Russia’s foremost ballet dancers. They are the stars of the show, basking in the limelight and the adoration of their audiences. But they also carry the lion’s share of the responsibility for the success of their show. They must stay in perfect shape and can’t even afford to fall ill.
This series takes you behind the scenes at the Russian Ballet: from the classrooms of the famous Vaganova Academy, to backstage at the biggest Russian theatres. Meet renowned prima ballerinas and discover what it takes for them to stay at the top of their game.
The Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, are slums made up of self-built houses. Life here is largely controlled by criminal gangs. It’s the poorest members of society who live in the Favelas; they simply try to survive amid violent gunfights between drug lords and law enforcement.
For three decades, the picturesque and fertile land in the foothills of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius has been contaminated by toxic waste, illegally buried and burnt here by mafia gangs. The resulting pollution caused a dramatic increase in cancer among the local population, including children.