The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held over 50 years ago, is a highly prestigious award in the classical music world. It attracts well-established and less well-known musicians from all over the world. They all come hoping for glory and international recognition though only one can win.
Peking opera is a specific type of Chinese theatre that relies heavily on gestures, movements, and even acrobatics. Its music is not story-specific and can fit most productions. The theatrical art form evolved from street performances retelling landmark events from Chinese history. Peking opera has changed little since its origins in the 18-19 centuries, as contemporary actors and directors take great care to preserve the genre in its original state.
The art of engraving is an essential part of Chinese culture. Masters of this craft carve intricate works depicting China’s flora and fauna, its architecture, and the life of its people on a variety of materials, including bamboo, wood, and brick. Each requires special techniques and a unique style. It takes years to master the craft, which is often passed down within families. The best craftsmen and their masterpieces gain international fame.
A cathedral founded on pure faith and its creator who’s dedicated more than 50 years of his life to building it. 91-year-old Don Justo, of the small Spanish town of Mejorada del Campo, is a former monk. On a whim and a dream he decided to build a monumental house of God and since 1961, he’s been doing just that using scrap, recycled building materials and as much good will as he can find.
Pianist Vladislav Teterin’s foundation, 'World of Art', is a very special charity for disabled children. It gives young singers and musicians a chance to shine on stage and to show the whole world that their physical disabilities are no barrier to them developing their talents.
The creative vision of one man transformed a community of farmers into a centre of modern art. Russian artist Nikolay Polissky turned his village into an artistic colony, where residents are the co-authors of his monumental nature-inspired sculptures. Twice a year, the village holds the largest Land-Art festival in Russia - Archstoyanie.
Becoming a professional ballerina is a journey that begins at a young age and is extremely competitive. We meet young girls devoting their lives to the profession, as well as the women, who end up on the very top, performing on stage at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
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.